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.....yes, even when sitting and smiling. This is one of the Jambiya sellers with his shop along the main street running through the souq in Old Sana'a. Coming from the US and this being my first day in Sana'a it was a little intimidating to walk through a place like this with nothing to go on except what the media tells you.....what I saw was something totally different. Friendly people, not terrorists, just trying to get by like everyone else in the world. I felt the people were actually nicer to me knowing I was american because they wanted to know my views on certain subjects, how it was living in the US, why there are no tourists coming, etc, etc.

It turned out Yemen is one of my favorite countries that I have visited because of the people and not just all the great places to see there.

Concerning the photo - I left the overexposed top center section in to show more of the shop and all the Jambiyas (curved knives) around the seller. I would have liked it a little sharper but didn't really want to bother this guy too much for another picture....and oh yes, I've been asked a few times on this site....always ask before taking the photo, especially in a country such as Yemen...
...unless you are comfortable just snapping photos of a guy with a 10 inch knife on his belt and AK under the counter. In that case just snap away...

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