Yemen has been in the news recently because of mounting concerns about terrorism. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the young Nigerian man accused of attempting to blow up an American jetliner on Christmas Day, has reportedly said he received explosives training while studying Arabic in Yemen.
Five years ago, Sandy Choi also studied Arabic in Yemen. Unlike other graduate students in her class, who chose safer destinations like Jordan and Cairo, she wanted an adventure. Choi is now a photographer, and her photos of everyday life in the country are featured on Foreign Policy magazine's Web site.
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San’a has one of the best-preserved old cities, or medinas, in the Middle East -- one of four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Yemen.