One of the first things Max noticed here was that the colour of the buildings is all very similar. Every house and building is made of cinder block construction and the outside is a sand-coloured limestone finish. This gives all the buildings a neutral sand look -- very much like the colour of the ground. We speculated that from the sky you could probably miss whole villages because of the way they blend into the landscape. We also supposed that the local people like these neutral colours of the earth.
But then we began to notice how the outside walls and gates are highly decorated. The intricate carvings are mostly near door frames and above windows. If there is a large wall then the area may have large carvings to take the plain look away.
We have seen men working on the carvings using a sander and drill. This is a very skilled craft.