The Bohemian and The Bulbul: Journeys in the Middle East (and further east), by Mira Baz

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Mira Baz is a Lebanese writer and traveler who lived in Yemen for over eight years between 2001 and 2011, teaching English, writing about various social and cultural topics, and photographing Yemenis in their daily lives. Being a woman and speaking Lebanese Arabic as her native language helped her get to know the country, the people and the women’s segregated world in depth.

She has been published in GlobalPost, and her work appeared regularly in Lebanon’s The Daily Star and the Yemeni monthly magazineYemen Today.

MiraHer blog The Bohemian and The Bulbul includes a series on her life in Yemen titled Yemen Journey: A personal narrative of my life in Yemen.

The blog also has her published articles on Yemen and a Photo Journal of her current travels.

She knew little about Yemen when she moved to this impoverished country in southern Arabia. She’d heard about it in the news and read an article in National Geographic on qat, the leaf with mildly intoxicating effects that is a social glue. The recurring question she has to answer about living in Yemen is “Why?” – the country is struggling with poverty and internal discord as well as terrorists adopting it as a safe haven. Because it’s mysterious, Yemen is sometimes misunderstood. Its troubles often overshadow its beauty, its architecture, its history, and its people’s hospitality and friendliness. The writer is still appreciating the many reasons to explore this little-known, complex, fascinating country – most more than meets the eye.

Yemen doesn’t give up its secrets easily, but the journey’s worth it.

She lived in Thailand and visited Cambodia and Malaysia. She can be contacted here. She is also on Twitter @mirabaz – join her for a chat!

All photos on the website are property of Mira Baz, unless otherwise noted.

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Relax, Old City-style

Relax, Old City-style

Chilling out in the afternoon in the Old City, Sana’a, Yemen

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Bangkok lights

A flower and vegetable market in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The Beautiful Karen

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The young girl pictured belongs to the Karen tribe, an ethnic minority in Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). I love their colorful clothes; they remind me of similar traditional clothes I’ve seen in Yemen.

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Thailand: Good luck garlands

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A woman makes flower garlands on a sidewalk in Bangkok, Thailand. Garlands (Thai: Phuang Malai) are bought for different purposes, such as for good luck, safety, or for offerings at Buddhist shrines and temples.

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Black: Sell the Fantasy

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A salesman looks at his phone in a special display booth for a brand of men’s denims in a Bangkok mall, Thailand. Bangkok malls and Bangkok “sois” (alleys) are very different experiences, showing the many facets of this city.

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