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Travel Blogs from Bloudan
... and myself and the other 'actors' got time to mess around, snap pictures, eat delicious Syrian food, lounge in the sun with a good book and all the other things that are important in an actors' life...
After Ma'loula we visited the Convent of the lady of Saidnaya, another place with Aramaic speakers knocking around. Driving here made me realize how much easier it is to travel around with a van and a local driver; Saidnaya ...
... that spoke a few words of Arab!
Ma'loula is a quiet little mountain town with some nice monasteries only an hour away from Damascus,! We went and visited the monastery of Thecla, one of the early followers of Apostle Paul. The monastery is set in a spectacular spot, built in to the rugged mountains. All the people in town were very nice, from the bakery supplying a feed to other random locals showing us the way. Another ...
... you have to think-how comfortable are we ordering food and eating in front of the majority of people whom are not allowed to eat or drink. How hungry are we? My dad said he found one of his Christian employees discretely nibbling on a carrot in the corner of their office the other day so as not to obvioulsy be eating in front of their muslim co-workers. It is also to be noted that children and pregnant woman can dine throughout the day, however I'm not ...
... there by bus, which took ca 4 hours. Two Swedish girls had the same way so we booked a nicely decorated top floor 4 bed room with a balcony. Staying overnight is essential if one intends to enjoy to the fullest. The temperatures I believe were attacking 40 centigrade, so it would have been more of a struggle walking the ruins during the day. For sunset we took a taxi to a nearby hill, perfectly overlooking the site, the village as well as surrounding hilly ...
... one could easily match them. Straight and orderly, they were distinctly different from the others, but just as full of colour and enticing aromas and bustling of activity. Taking just one wrong turn, we ended up in a narrow, winding back alley with no hint of the activity just around the corner.
Next to the sous', or rather the focus of the sous', was the Umayyad Mosque. Once the centre of entire Islam, and today considered one of the most important places in Islam, second ...