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Travel Blogs from Deir Ezzor
"The tourist knows where they are going, the traveler knows where they've been."
There is something aesthetically pleasing about a continuous line across the globe. When observed from a distance such a line can appear to be relatively straight, the subtle zigs and zags glazed over, lending it the illusion of purpose. I hate backtracking, and I hate planning, traveling is about moving forward with your whims. Yet all along I had planned on traveling ...
... dust and sand. I guess the Turks will be getting it in the neck again tomorrow. I can taste it as eyes, nose and mouth get clogged. I find a basic and am fed royally. I come to pay. Uh oh, no wallet. I count out my coins and I'm still 25SL short. No problem. I return to the hotel, retrieve my wallet and return to the cafe and pay my debts. What a combination of forgetfulness and trust.
... There's not much traffic and the surface is good. The land is dry and tilled and tractors leave trails of dust behind like aircraft vapour trails.
Fortunately the tank is nearly full so I will easily get to Arraqqa my intended destination. Just to familiarise myselft I start to explore filling stations. They are not as obvious as those in western Europe and are usuall well back from the road. They are ...
Basic Vocab learned from the back of my lonely planet
A salaam alaikum - hello / peace be upon you
a malaikum salaam - response
Merhaba - hello
afwan - excuse me/ you're welcome
Shuckran - thank you
maatam - restaurant
anna beddi - i need
hammam - bathroom - but if pronounced with a longish a, you have the word pigeon.
peace be upon you. excuse me. i need a bathroom (possibly a pigeon). thank you.
one of my first sentences!
... innumerable opportunities to see portraits of the old president, the dead son and the current president painted on everything from oil storage tanks, walls, cars and stickers - they seem very dedicated out in the desert! The town seems to be having a building boom with a lot of new buildings going up on the outskirts. The hotel was very cheap and my single room even had air con, a fridge and foreign satellite tv (the first time I’ve seen the BBC news since ...