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Travel Blogs from Bloudan
... and in my trip through Lebanon that I had experienced their conflict with Israel first hand. It was the first time in my life I had seen anything related to Israel first hand, come to think of it. Issues with this country have been happening throughout my life, played out every week almost on the news. Naturally I am curious about it and why it has been the subject of such a prolonged conflict. I will write a future blog post about ...
After just being a tourist the last 5 months it's finally time to make some money again... by playing a tourist in a movie! The shooting started today, Tuesday March 1st, with scenes in Maalula and Seidnayya, 2 monasteries north of Damascus. I had already been to Ma'loula before, but it's quite nice around here so I didn't mind going again. Neil and Seraphine, the two backpackers that have main roles, had to do scenes in both places ...
... 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 ...
... Italian girl – Erica who is here for a month. I would later learn that many of these European students come here for a month, study Arabic, go back to their countries finish a semester and then come back again for another month. (partly due to the fact that the Uni of Dam runs monthly Arabic courses, and after each course you move up one level) Its insane the number of Europeans studying Arabic at the University. When I went in to register I was the ...
... all the big cars have Saudi number plates. The Saudis avoid the extreme summer temperatures by holidaying in Syria, and there presence is often not subtle. Yesterday a friend of mine managed to subtly take a picture of an iconic site – a group of Saudi men (all were wearing, like most of the Saudis that come here, traditional dress) withdrawing money, a lot of money, from a cash point.
The place I am staying happens to be two blocks away from the residence of the ...