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A number of days were spent hanging out at the hostel, venturing as far as the Shawarma seller and smoking Nargeela.
An afternoon in Medan, a suburb of Damascus, with Amjad, a student of Dentistry at Damascus University and Abe, my dorm mate. This ...
... to go to the Hamam, a traditional bathing house. Not sure how to describe this experience, but it was very weird. You dress in a towel only, take a shower and then come into a room where you sit on the ground with a bucket and a sponge to clean yourself. You an also get into a small steam-room and other novelties. Also included in the entry fee is a scrub and a massage.The experience wasn't very bad in the beginning, but after a while we discovered that this is ...
... with them. Afterwards we would kiss and embrace. I guess that for these women living under such strict ( I would say cruel ) codes of behavior the scape to Damascus is a breath of fresh air. From the Umayyad they continue to the Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque. Ruqayya was the daughter of Husayn and her gravesite is in this Mosque.The Iranian ladies scream and cry loudly in front of the grave as if the death would have taken place the day before. It is quite a ...
... the Ottoman empire the masseur would often have been a sex worker; typically a young non-Muslim man from one of the Ottoman subject nations. Thankfully those days are behind us. As far as I can tell, the pudgy grey haired man, who is breaking any hints of stress in my body with his meaty paws, and tearing a layer of my skin off with a coarse mitt, has no hidden agenda.
I've sweated, I've been scrubbed, and I've been pummeled. ...
... sugary, chewy nut based candies, dried apricot leathers.
-Nuts: so many nuts-pistachios, peanuts, squash seeds (which all come at the beginning of every meal), beer nuts, corn nuts, rice cracker mixes, spiced nuts-you name it.
It seems that in this country, its lots of salt or lots of sugar. Mint tea is so sweet, as are fresh juices and coffee; cheeses are so salty, its insane, But I guess in this heat, you loose so many salts you need to ...