Say ‘Cheese!’

You know how people sometimes ask “If you had to pick, would you rather be deaf or blind?” (Which is a dumb question, because obviously you’d pick deaf. No offense, blind people. Who probably aren’t reading this anyway). Well sometimes I ask “If you had to pick, would you rather never eat cheese again, or […]

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The Western Lens

For my job, I recently had to pick out a photo that illustrates how the U.S. is working to improve health in Yemen. While the U.S. really does a lot to improve health here, the photo selection was slim. I asked a Yemeni co-worker where I might find some pics and he led me into […]

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To Sleep Perchance to Dream Crazy Things

I had the craziest dream a few nights ago. And I really mean it. Not like when people say “Oh man, I had the craziest dream. I was eating nachos in my middle school but it wasn’t my middle school, it was 7-11 and I was talking to my friend Jen and then her face […]

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Locked Up Abroad

Well it appears to have calmed down a great deal here in Sana’a and today actually feels like a normal weekend. Which is somewhat notable because it’s not a weekend here, it’s the weekday. But still, the lockdown in our hotel was lifted for a few hours today. I used my reprieve from the confines […]

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In the Morning Light

Mr. YemenEm and I just woke up here in Sana’a. We slept with the windows open because the air conditioning wasn’t working and I wanted to hear what was going on outside (don’t worry – curtains shut!) and it’s the first time that our hotelpartment is nice and cool. Right now our room feels like […]

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Quiet for Now

Hi everyone, Well, that was an exciting past couple of hours. We were in our room when security banged out our doors and told us to all gather together.  I had just asked Mr.YemenEm a few minutes before if we should pack a “go” bag, and for some reason we didn’t. I hurriedly threw my […]

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Protests in Yemen

Hi everyone, I started to write a blog about free speech and the anti-Islam video made by an American and the protests and killings that stemmed from it (including the tragic deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya). But as I was opining on my support for the First Amendment, a friend came in to […]

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