Hot, hot, hot!
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Finally we explored the lowlands and surrounding highlands in the west of the country closest to the Red Sea.
Zabid is yet another UNESCO World Heritage site. It has even more minarets than Sana'a per square inch ... wish us luck with sleeping.
It is reputedly one of the hottest places in the world ... and you'd believe it too from the way Kim carried on when the power went off (as it does in Yemen), cutting off the air-con in our little hotel. It was definitely uncomfortable but a just beyond bearable for me.
We also visited other cities along the way, namely Taizz, Ibb and Jibla. Being Yemen, these naturally had beautiful fortified mountain towns as their centres.
With our travels in Yemen, we've realised that each region (and its people) is so different. In the east, people appeared quite Malay/Indian. In the west, rather African.
By the way, our travels in the region were all by shared taxis (old Peugeot 504 station wagons). They seat a total of 10 people including driver. 3 in front row, 4 in second and another 3 in the rear row. We travelled with Eelco (a Dutch school-mate), so the three of us would buy all four seats in the middle row to ensure reasonable comfort.