After living in the capital city Sanaa for half a year, I grew tired of watching the same sunrise and sunset day in and day out, although the buildings outside my window dated back a few centuries in the historical old city.
"I embarked on a journey in the end of Ramadan, starting with the fertile, green southern region"
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I embarked on a journey in the end of Ramadan, starting with the fertile, green southern region - Ibb, Jibla and Taiz, then stopping by in the former Yemeni capital Zabid, and to the Red Sea coast in Hodeida. On the way back to Sanaa, I decided to stay over in Manakhah where I saw the breathtaking scenery of the Haraz Mountains and the villages perched on precipitous cliffs.
The next day, I visited two villages, Hajjarah and Khutayb. The former was once chosen by the Ottomans as a strategic fortress to defend the roads from the coast to the capital, while the latter is home to a famous Ismaili shrine, which attracts pilgrims from as far as India.
I found that the beauty of the country is beyond most people’s imagination. I was traveling mostly by shared transportation and motor taxis and the help from Yemenis was always at hand.