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

Yemen Journey: A personal narrative of my life in Yemen


The series Yemen Journey is a narrative of my life in Yemen – over eight years of ups and downs, lots of happiness but many frustrations as well. For better or worse, Yemen changed me for good. Each post somewhat stands alone, but it’s best to read the posts in sequence.

1. Of Yemeni rest stops and a Lebanese woman

2. A teacher, a student

3. Najeeb, the lovelorn romantic

4. Amal, the betrayed wife

5. Baroque pearl (1): The adventures of being a woman in Yemen

6. Baroque pearl (2): The adventures of being a woman in Yemen

7. In search of God in Yemen?

8. Seduction and forgetting in a Yemeni wedding

9. A young girl in Taiz

10. Death threats, pride and prejudice in Yemen

11. Bread and salt

12. In Yemen, a girls’ day in

13. Looking for a husband in Yemen

14. A revolution remembered

15. Between Beirut and Sanaa: a love affair

16. Where every man has three guns

17. The jinn doctor is in

18. How do you pack your life into a suitcase?

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Posted on August 15, 2008 - by

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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