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Great holmertz 2020-11-24 2:32

Hello Paul,
This looks too comfortable for a real adventure. ;-) But I would still have preferred this boat to the one Malgo showed us the other day. It's interesting to see the improvements that have taken place in Laos, which reminds me of the drastic changes in the economy and the impact of mass tourism practically all over the world. Until the pandemic put a temporary (?) end to traveling.
In a way, the note is actually more interesting than the photos this time. It's partly as informative as any travel guide. I also see that you visited North Yemen 10 years before me, but waiting a few years I was fortunate enough to also be able to see former South Yemen. It could have been my most adventurous journey, if I had been kidnapped, like several tourists before me, but I wasn't, so Afghanistan in the early 70's remains my best adventure.
Kind regards,
PS Seeing WS #1 makes me wonder if the "communist money" that helped Biden steal the election from Trump may have come from Laos.;-)

Old 11-24-2020, 12:04 PM
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Thank you Gert,

You were indeed in Yemen in the heyday of the kidnappers.

In 1988 no one had heard that kidnapping foreigners could put pressure on the government.
However, we were stopped once in the desert on the way to Baraqish to give a mandatory donation to the residents of a village.
Mandatory to continue our way and to reinforce the question, the barrel of a gun was aimed at the driver's head.
But everything ended well.
Only years later we heard that this was the kidnappers' region of Yemen.

But I missed Shibam, Tarim and Seiyun ...

All the best!
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