Cham Palace Damascus
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... culture/religion. They told me that they believe in a single god a then they showed me around their place of worship, which they called a Synagogue. They sold me some Matzoh for may trip. Later in the marketplace, I bought some gold to trade away in Khotan at the end of my journey and I also bought three camels for my journey form some of the people of my hometown. These ...
... comfort as a customer is not too high on the priority list, it seems. However, they're very helpful, I must stay. By all means, don't take my advice as I'm now into my third month on this trip so I've become a bit jaded. If you want the real Middle Eastern experience, this is it. Make your own mind up about the current political situation before coming here though. Just don't expect a smile.
The trip out of Syria was just as hard as the one coming in. This time I ...
... by. We found out that we didn't actually have to pay to see the ruins, only if we wanted to look at the tombs, which we didn't. We walked around the ruins and it started to rain. We were in the middle of the desert and it was raining! Lucky it was only a short shower and we were soon surround by blue skies. The ruins were great but after seeing ruins for what seems like months they didn't blow me away. We caught a bus back to Damascus only to ...
... was looking at a new addiction. I was in Amman walking with my friend Rob.
"what's that place?" I asked staring into the curiously inviting interior of a building we were passing.
"A hammam, a Turkish bathhouse"
"ohh...." my mind filled with a million questions "is it expensive?"
"wait till you get to Syria, here in Amman they're priced for tourists"
Fast forward to the present day. The hammam has now become ...
... of oppulence or wealth, or just for the sake of variety (which I love), dinning here is much more of a social event here, kind of like dimsum, and dishes and dishes arrive at your table to eat abit of this, and a bit of that. I've been advised that for four at a table, to order mezze for four would be more than more-than enough.
-Some of the dips that are orderable are hummous, baba ganoush (which means father's favourite), labneh (a soft ...