Yemen Travel Stories
The Numbers
Yemen- As this is my last rotation Yemen I thought I would look back to see if I could figure out some key numbers or at least here are some estimates: The numbers: 7.8 – Years that I spent in Yemen 47-Rotations to Yemen 2 - B2B’s (Back to Backs) 2 – B2B’s with Belgian Roots 0 - How many people I knew with Belgian roots before Marty and Dan 9 - Direct Bosses 4 - Places stayed with Nexen Ops in Yemen 1 – Time pissed drunk in Dubai ...

Seriously sir, your boarding pass says Yemen. Where are you really going.
I don’t think they keep stats on road kills but if they did I think from my parents place in Cape Breton to the Halifax Airport would be the road kill capital of the world. Might be worthy of a billboard. On the trip there and back I saw at least 4,000 dead porcupines, 2000 skunks, 1000 unknown species, 1 coyote, 1 bear and I am not making this up, I even saw a dead zebra. Quick visit to Cape Breton and it was the coldest place in the No...

None of this is true
My buddy Eric is a much better writer than me and gives great insight in what it is like to live in the West African nation of Cameroon. I have stolen his story and replaced it with Yemen. This is my story. Sorry, it’s been a while since my last journal entry. I actually wrote something a while ago about security, safety, jungle justice, and theft in general, but just couldn’t bring myself to upload it. Every time I read it, I felt as though ...

Back in Yemen
My Six Day Trip into Yemen by Frank MacDonald I thought it would be like every other trip that I made into Yemen. Oh Little Frankie with your country boy naivety When we got into Dubai I was told that there was a storm passing through South Yemen and now had to go to Sana’a. Once we made it through customs it was 1:00am and now we had a 5:00 am pick up. We make it to Sana’a and then about 2 hours later I get a knock on my door and was aske...

Ah Headscarfs
Ah life in the Middle East, where the men roam free and the women have to cover their heads. Our time in Yemen was well spent as we got to teach English and be engulfed in the culture. We worked with an English language center in Taiz, Yemen about five hours south of Sana’a, the capitol. We arrived in Yemen and our troubles began since the recent bombings on American foreigners the Yemeni government has kept close tabs on all foreigners coming...

St. Patrick's Day in Yemen
St. Patrick’s Day in Yemen It is certainly a low key affair. It was a bit hard to rally the troops but we did get permission from the camp boss to open up our self made Pub called Frosty’s. Also, I chap I work with brought in a Guinness for me so that was well appreciated. I died my hair green with food coloring but more or less made a mess. I did get a lot of strange looks from the Nationals. To get the pub open I channeled the spirit of ...

Yemen 2007
After 3.5 years I have decided it was time to post some pictures of the camp that I work in. Working in a camp is obviously different than the corporate world. The best thing about it is I get to wear coveralls. Work begins at 06:00 am and end at 6:00 pm with 90 minutes for lunch. This is for 35 strait days. After this, I am certainly ready for time off. The trip from Calgary goes like this: Calgary to Frankfurt 9.5 hours 3 hour layover ...

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