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Fun City

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On the list of stupid things I could do in life, it would seem that going to amusement park in one the world's ten poorest countries would rank high up on the list. The phrase "Yemeni amusement park" didn't quite conjur up images of Cedar Point and Geauga Lake, and I jokingly imagined that the park had a sign on the outside that read: "Fun City; __ # of days with out a visitor killed." But, much to my surprise, Medina al-Fawh (literally translated as Fun City), was indeed, well, fun. To start off with, it is in a pretty good part of town. The very large and very ornate national mosque that is being built dominates the skyline around the park, and provides for an interesting backdrop. The Presidential Palace is also nearby. The street outside of Fun City has the Pizza Hut, KFC, and Baskin Robbins. This is the same KFC that caused a gun battle in Sana'a over two competing claims from different prominent families over the franchise rights. Inside the park though, they have Southern Fired Chicken, a very interesting and obviously copyright-law-free clone of KFC. SFC did have some very good burgers, it was nice to have a double cheese burger. However, I suspect that the hamburger meat was really kabob meat cooked in the shape and manner of a hamburger. Still, it was pretty tasty. After dinner, it was time for some rides. As I have previously mentioned, I was significantly dubious about the idea at the onset. The sum total of all the rides was about equivalent to one of the average American traveling weekend carnivals. There was nothing really fancy about any of it. Still, they had the equivalent of the Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Yo-Yo, plus a Ferris Wheel. After a few rides, we got around to what we had really come to Fun City for, bowling. This may have been the most surreal part of the night. The bowling lanes looked exactly like anything out of the States, maybe even a little nicer. The Yemenis who were there obviously spent quite a bit of time there, because many of them bowled quite well. Anyways, after the three games, I came out of Fun City quite relaxed. All in all, Fun City certainly loved up to its name.

Posted by mc327503 04:32 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic

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