Damascus International Hotel
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... as a residence for the Ottoman Ottoman governor of Damascus As'ad Pasha al-Azm. The palace now houses the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions.
The architecture is an excellent example of Damascene traditional houses. The structure itself consists of several buildings and two wings: the harem and the salamlik.
The harem is the family wing, which is a private space for the residents (the Azm family originally). This wing includes the kitchen, servant quarters, and ...
"The more one is able to leave one's cultural home, the more easily is one able to judge it, and the whole world as well, with the spiritual detachment and generosity necessary for true vision. The more easily, too, does one assess oneself and alien cultures with the same combination of intimacy and distance."
Edward Said, Orientalism
I've found my feet here in Damascus, and have easily fallen into a routine ...
... Had early night, slept outside for first time on mat. It was a very windy night, quite noisy but I think I only slept a little bit. Feeling absolute **** I was told I still had to go to Lebanon. I wasn’t too happy at all (due to some reason, group visa ****) and no refund even thought haven’t paid. I was very ****** off with our tour guide.
... signs displaying doctors. Every block in Muhajireen has a pharmacy. The women here are very academically and career oriented.
One last thing – I have moved to a new apartment and have no more internet connection which means I have to go to an internet café or go to a restaurant and keep on ordering their $1 coffee to access their wi-fi. InshaAllah I am hoping to buy an internet card very soon but otherwise my blogging will be very sporadic.
... have difference amounts. We then paid the visa fee at the cash office and waited another 15 minutes or so. But it was not over. The officer asked us where our driver was so we looked for him and he told the driver something in Arabic. Our driver told us in English 'You need to put something here' - yes asking extra money! We put 5JD in between the passports and our driver put our passports back to the counter. Now the ...