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... old, traditional and conservative suburb of Damascus.
Some evenings around Bab Sharki (Christian Quarter) drinking beer and eating well. And smoking nargeela, of course!
Lazy, relaxed and enjoyable days that merge and pass so ...
... a meeting place for gay people then anything else. When I got into a little steam-room (alone), some other guys got quite interested in Sam and started to throw water at him (their version of flirting I guess). Sam was the target again at the scrub (no scrub needed under the towel) and the massage (no, not coming back after hours). I thought it was quite funny, but we ended up leaving quicker then expected, just in case; the numbers and odds were stacked against us... ...
... br> It is time to move to the Christian Quarter.
Christianity came early to Damascus and today about ten per cent of the population is Christian. I am happy to say that in Syria Muslims and Christians seem to respect each other and get along quite well.
In the road to Damascus is where Saul had the vision of Jesus, asking him “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts of the Apostles 9-1). History was written. Saul became St. ...
... out into the sweet air of the resting room, where an attendant wraps me in fresh cotton sheets, and brings me cold water. It's hard not to feel like a king after such a treatment and thankfully the cost doesn't diminish this euphoria. The whole treatment costs 320SP ($7). For amusement sake I searched on-line for a hammam in Vancouver- $112, gets you all the same treatments. I figure if I go ten more times, I've paid for my flight.
... is sold in abundance right before iftar.
-Spices: saffron, grenadine (dried pomegranate like craisins), tumeric root, and everyother spice you can think of, its not even worth listing.
-Dairy: fresh milk put on the shelf the day it is bottled, laban (yoghurt) in too many forms (hard, soft), kaskavel (a hard white cheese), a salty cheese with black seeds often too salty (so good with cucumbers or tomato)
-Candy! so much candy, brightly coloured chewy ...