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... There was also a mass gathering on one of the squares (pro-president) which many of the hostel dwellers went to. I decided to miss out on this one! Instead I wandered, and got very lost, again!
Even though I did not attend any gathering, it was difficult to avoid the many people and vehicles showing their support, so a few photos anyway.
In the evening I visited Naranage ...
... out of me.
My lasting impressions of this city have been one of friendly and welcoming people; children playing soccer in the streets, and old men watching the world go by as they sit by the road side on plastic chairs, greeting those that pass. It has been a feeling of safety and security that I've come to associate with the Middle East, but without the military presence that I quickly grew accustomed to in Egypt. The surprise to see that the produce vendors don't ...
For the second, but not the last time on the trip, I saw groups of scouts... they were having so much fun! During Eid, and in Syria in general, children seemed to be at the center of all the celebrations... there were neighborhood carnivals around Damascus with neighborhood swings that are more like miniature swinging boats that you might find at an amusement park... Unexpectedly I walked by a Russian restaurant in Damascus and there was even some Russian graffiti in ...
... lettuce and fresh herbs), shawarma ("meat" or chicken sliced off thin, left in the fat, wrapped with garlic sauce in the same thin bread, then soaked in the fat some more-no pickles, nothing fresh, just meat and sauce and grease), fataya (multiple flat breads baked with zataar (a thyme heb and seed paste), labneh, different cheeses, a tomato sauce, or meats).
-Kibbeh is ground meat and you can get it in a baked, ball form (although the meat on the ...
... best way to beat the heat I could only dream about. Most of Damascus looks pretty ordinary. You have to enter the old city to discover its magic. This one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world is exceptional indeed. Apart from Muslim part there is also a Christian and Jewish quarter. Central market gets busy in the evening. Although perhaps not having as engaging ambience as Aleppo, it’s worth spending some time just hanging around and ...