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  • 03/09/15--00:48: Cave escapades
  • My 1st night of sleeping in the open in Socotra had been most...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdDiksam PlateauFantastic treesHuman settlementsAnd Beduoin coloursHad been all Left behindAs we had headedNogid and it's harshnessIt had beenStruggle against elementsPersonified andHad consisted ofOf only 2 coloursIt was the land of camelsCavesMinimal traffic andWith friendsAlthough overwhelmedI had left it quicklyAnd rushed towardsSome sand And seasvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdDiksam PlateauFantastic treesHuman settlementsAnd Beduoin coloursHad been all Left behindAs we had headedNogid and it's harshnessIt had beenStruggle against elementsPersonified andHad consisted ofOf only 2 coloursIt was the land of camelsCavesMinimal traffic andWith friendsAlthough overwhelmedI had left it quicklyAnd rushed towardsSome sand And sea

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  • 03/10/15--11:30: Restless dunes of Zahak
  • Zahak sand dunes had seemed like endless mounds of sugar. They had been...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdZahak had arrivedIn a most pleasing wayAnd from a distanceThey had looked likeSculptured sugar moundsBut they have beenSurprisingly difficult To climb and evenHarder to loveGolden andRippled Zahak'sFierce winds Had made Walking impossibleAnd I had slid down themAs fats as possibleOmak had been on my mindAnd I could not wait to get awayThe shifting dunes of Zahaksvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdZahak had arrivedIn a most pleasing wayAnd from a distanceThey had looked likeSculptured sugar moundsBut they have beenSurprisingly difficult To climb and evenHarder to loveGolden andRippled Zahak'sFierce winds Had made Walking impossibleAnd I had slid down themAs fats as possibleOmak had been on my mindAnd I could not wait to get awayThe shifting dunes of Zahak

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  • 03/13/15--14:23: Pearl colours of Omak
  • By the time we had reached Omak, a very violet sky had deepened...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdZahak had been mesmerizingAnd uniqueBut the fierce windHad made me want toGet out of there fastOmak Beach had arrivedShortly and we hadCamped there for the nightI had found OmakTo be reasonably niceApart from soft sunrisesShells andAnd conshsit had been pretty unspectacular So after a bit of beach walkSolace andAnd shoppingI had rared to head The other side of Socotrasvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdZahak had been mesmerizingAnd uniqueBut the fierce windHad made me want toGet out of there fastOmak Beach had arrivedShortly and we hadCamped there for the nightI had found OmakTo be reasonably niceApart from soft sunrisesShells andAnd conshsit had been pretty unspectacular So after a bit of beach walkSolace andAnd shoppingI had rared to head The other side of Socotra

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  • 03/15/15--10:21: Qadama to Qalanciya
  • We had left Omak in a cloud of dust, bumped over the edgy...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdI had left ZahakOmakAnd rest of NogidQuite happilyAnd retraced Our drive towardsTowards north west SocotraLagoonsLighthouse andFrankincense hadDotted along the wayAnd camels had roamedWild and freeIt had beenA good driveAnd Socotra'sIsolation had been enchantingIt had been hard That a place lovelierThan NogidDiksam andDelisha could existWhen the pastel colours Of Qalanciya had stretched in front of my eyesHad stretched in front of my eyessvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdI had left ZahakOmakAnd rest of NogidQuite happilyAnd retraced Our drive towardsTowards north west SocotraLagoonsLighthouse andFrankincense hadDotted along the wayAnd camels had roamedWild and freeIt had beenA good driveAnd Socotra'sIsolation had been enchantingIt had been hard That a place lovelierThan NogidDiksam andDelisha could existWhen the pastel colours Of Qalanciya had stretched in front of my eyesHad stretched in front of my eyes

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  • 03/16/15--02:04: Abdullah and paradise
  • My Qalanciya days can be broadly divided into 2 parts, the unbelievable beauty...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdMy 1st glimpse Had been mind blowingAnd what had Followed laterHad been utter blissA moody sunNaughty cloudsAnd pure solitudeHad greeted meAt my new homeAnd I had recklessly Fallen in loveWith the beauty of QalanciyaWith so little workAnd so much of lovelinessClaiming QalanciyaAs my private paradiseHad been delightfully easy.svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdMy 1st glimpse Had been mind blowingAnd what had Followed laterHad been utter blissA moody sunNaughty cloudsAnd pure solitudeHad greeted meAt my new homeAnd I had recklessly Fallen in loveWith the beauty of QalanciyaWith so little workAnd so much of lovelinessClaiming QalanciyaAs my private paradiseHad been delightfully easy.

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  • 03/17/15--04:26: Detwa Lagoon tales
  • Abdullah’s cave had been something out of Arabian Nights and I had marveled...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdWhat would youIf you were aloneIn paradiseAnd it belongedSolely to you?Qalanciya had beenCompletely mineAnd devoid of Any commercialization My QalanciyaHad been somethingUsually found in dreamsSo I had fishedFloatedLazedHikedAnd chased cloudsThen there had beenThose sunsetsSometimes moody andAnd mostly glorioussvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdWhat would youIf you were aloneIn paradiseAnd it belongedSolely to you?Qalanciya had beenCompletely mineAnd devoid of Any commercialization My QalanciyaHad been somethingUsually found in dreamsSo I had fishedFloatedLazedHikedAnd chased cloudsThen there had beenThose sunsetsSometimes moody andAnd mostly glorious

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  • 03/21/15--07:24: Moumi and Socotran emptiness
  • I had left Qalanciya with a heavy heart and had headed towards Hadibo...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdHadibo had With silvery rainAnd beyond the citySun had splashedThe ancient hills and plainsIt had been gloriousWith a beautiful playOf sun and shadeKeriya Lagoon had Arrived with Small villagesFlashes of coloursAnd a lot of wildernessHad made the driveAbsolutely enchantingDi Hamri had comeWith blue sea and sunAnd we had paused thereFor some lunchOur drive had With our drivePost lunch andHad reached MoumiAmidst a burst of beautyMoumi had beenBeautiful andThe dragon blood treesHad been in full bloomA deep canyon had Had bifurcated Into an ancient spaceBut a sudden discomfortHad made meLeave all the beautyAnd rush back to Hadibosvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdHadibo had With silvery rainAnd beyond the citySun had splashedThe ancient hills and plainsIt had been gloriousWith a beautiful playOf sun and shadeKeriya Lagoon had Arrived with Small villagesFlashes of coloursAnd a lot of wildernessHad made the driveAbsolutely enchantingDi Hamri had comeWith blue sea and sunAnd we had paused thereFor some lunchOur drive had With our drivePost lunch andHad reached MoumiAmidst a burst of beautyMoumi had beenBeautiful andThe dragon blood treesHad been in full bloomA deep canyon had Had bifurcated Into an ancient spaceBut a sudden discomfortHad made meLeave all the beautyAnd rush back to Hadibo

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  • 03/22/15--06:11: A world going wrong
  • My last few days in the island had been spent holed up in...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdSolo traveling is For the soulBut what do you doWhen the known worldSuddenly falls apartAnd you start feelingA bird with clipped wingsIn paradiseWhat would you do?Apart from tryingTo figure out waysWays to go home.Huddle for comfortFeel lostOr count daysFor the ray of hope?svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdsvetlana baghawan maverickbirdSolo traveling is For the soulBut what do you doWhen the known worldSuddenly falls apartAnd you start feelingA bird with clipped wingsIn paradiseWhat would you do?Apart from tryingTo figure out waysWays to go home.Huddle for comfortFeel lostOr count daysFor the ray of hope?

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  • 03/22/15--06:33: Socotra Travel Diary I
  • 20.1.16 Hadibo  1800 Hrs I am back in Hadibo and my body has...

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdSocotra is stillWild, free And emptyBut poised for changeIs this paradise soon to be lost?svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdSocotra is stillWild, free And emptyBut poised for changeIs this paradise soon to be lost?

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  • 03/22/15--07:43: Socotra Travel Diary II
  • 25.1.16 Arhar Beach 1500 Hrs The drive along the coast has been breathtaking....

    svetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdI had dreamed of homeAnd longed for itsAnd longed for it'sFamiliar touchSight andAnd feelParadise and It's exotic tales Are beautifulAnd excitingBut at the end of the dayIt is not homeIt is just Another paradiseBut not homesvetlana baghawan maverickbirdmaverickbirdI had dreamed of homeAnd longed for itsAnd longed for it'sFamiliar touchSight andAnd feelParadise and It's exotic tales Are beautifulAnd excitingBut at the end of the dayIt is not homeIt is just Another paradiseBut not home

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  • 05/25/16--13:08: Socotra photo series
  • “It is not down in any map, True places never are” – Herman Melville This is completely applicable to Socotra Island, one of the most fascinating destinations I have ever traveled to as a professional travel blogger. To say, that it is incredible, is like downplaying its beauty and the island is truly one of the last rarely discovered places on earth. Intriguingly isolated at nearly 220 miles from the mainland Yemen, the country to which it belongs, Socotra is home to legends, history, strange plants and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Any mention of this hot, harsh windswept island without fail draws two reactions and they are invariably either “Where is this?” or “Wow”. These reactions are well deserved for Socotra and the island is in the middle of nowhere. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Socotra is Yemen’s largest island a very difficult to access destination. Famous for its extraordinary and endemic flora and fauna, legends claim that Socotra had once been a habitat of dragons and the Phoenix. Titled as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’, Socotra’s mushroom shaped blood dragon trees have put this tiny obscure island on the map of adventurers across the world and […]

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  • 05/26/16--14:06: Socotra photo series II
  • Today, when I look back and think about Socotra, the only word which comes to my mind is surreal. Socotra Island had been indeed surreal and my stay there had been one long road trip. Incidentally, the island has only one road which goes through the length and breadth of the landform and public transportation is a joke there. Hitchhiking is the most common mode of transportation and apart from Hadibo (the capital), hotels/accommodations are not available throughout the island. Camping is the most popular stay option there and and you can also sleep under the stars in canyons, caves and Bedouin homes. The residents of the islands (apart from the goats) are broadly divided into the coastal fishing folks and the highland Bedouins. The mountain people roam around the vast central highlands, live in stone huts or caves and sustain mostly on their animals, plant products and barter system. They know the misty blue mountains like the back of their hands and trekking the hidden canyons and gorges with them as guides is an unforgettable experience. My own camping expedition at the lost Wadi Dir Hul, Diksam and Moumi Plateaus had been with one Bedouin guide and he had […]

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  • 05/27/16--13:56: Money Matters Socotra
  • The four islands group of Socotra are located around 217 nautical miles off the Yemeni coast and approximately 130 off the coast of Somalia. This well kept Yemeni secret is a treasure trove of botanical and zoological wonders and the legendary island of Socotra used to be the source of ambergris, dragon’s blood, frankincense, and myrrh during the ancient times. Now protected as an International Biosphere Reserve, the island which is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, and one of The Most Alien Landscapes on Earth. For centuries, the islands of the Socotra have intrigued early explorers’ and naturalists’ and by the end of the 90’s they shot to fame in the adventure tourism circuit too. However, due to its isolation, the trickle of tourists visiting Socotra is ridiculously low and according to local tourism industry, in 2013 only 1000 foreigners had traveled to Socotra. This figure had risen a tad bit in the following years, only to dip to nearly nothing in 2016. While difficult accessibility to the islands is one of the reasons why Socotra tourism is not on a travel hit list, being a part of Yemen takes a […]

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  • 05/25/16--13:08: Socotra photo series
  • “It is not down in any map, True places never are” – Herman Melville This is completely applicable to Socotra Island, one of the most fascinating destinations I have ever traveled to as a professional travel blogger. To say, that it is incredible, is like downplaying its beauty and the island is truly one of the last […]

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  • 05/26/16--14:06: Socotra photo series II
  • Today, when I look back and think about Socotra, the only word which comes to my mind is surreal. Socotra Island had been indeed surreal and my stay there had been one long road trip. Incidentally, the island has only one road which goes through the length and breadth of the landform and public transportation […]

    The post Socotra photo series II appeared first on Maverickbird.


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  • 05/27/16--13:56: Money Matters Socotra
  • The four islands group of Socotra are located around 217 nautical miles off the Yemeni coast and approximately 130 off the coast of Somalia. This well kept Yemeni secret is a treasure trove of botanical and zoological wonders and the legendary island of Socotra used to be the source of ambergris, dragon’s blood, frankincense, and […]

    The post Money Matters Socotra appeared first on Maverickbird.