5 of us were crammed into the ancient Toyota Land Cruiser of our trusty driver and tour guide Ahmed. It still played cassette tapes! We spent 14 days exploring the mountains, the canyons, the sea and the desert of Yemen. A fascinating and arid place which writer Tim Mackintosh-Smith named Dictionary Land. Because the Arabic dialect that is spoken here, is rumoured to be closest to the Classical Arabic that is taught by academic institutions today. A country that provides you with the most authentic experience of what Old Arabia could have been before the modern age set in.
It is the place where Sam, son of Noah had settled after the Great Flood and the land where the palace ruins of the Queen of Sheba can be explored - according to legend. And if you ever wondered where the world's old Land Cruisers go? Well, they find an afterlife in Yemen - the ones that can still be fixed manually at the roadside by its driver, that is. Extremely essential in this remote part of the world!
As for my travel sketches - there was no time for leisurely sketching. We were constantly on the move so most sketches were quick impressions while the landscape flashed past our moving vehicle.