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Saturday, May 4:  This afternoon, I decide I need a green fix, so I go for a short walk through the gardens of Misfat Al Abriyyen.  I love the broad and lush green leaves of the banana plants, the date palms, and the papaya trees.

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The falaj is flowing with water through the gardens and the tank that holds the water for the village is overflowing due to the abundant rain we’ve had over the last week.  It feels like a little slice of paradise.

the falaj flows at Misfat al Abriyyen

the falaj flows at Misfat al Abriyyen

the holding tank for water in the village was overflowing

the holding tank for water in the village is overflowing

People still live in the old village, even though a lot of the houses and buildings look like ruins.

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a friendly old man in the garden

a friendly old man in the garden

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