Grand Homs Hotel (Homs al Kabir)
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... looked a bit mental. The shop owner gave us sugary tea in his biggest glasses, and sweets for the road.
Just found out we've got the job at Black Sail (which we applied for recently), so we'll be back in England at the end of Feb!
By the way, we can't access Facebook in Syria, so for people who wrote to me on it recently, send me your email address and I'll be able to reply (firstname.lastname@example.org) : )
... The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the Castle of the Kurds.
Hitchhiked back to Sexy Lattakia in the back of a pick up!
overall, a pretty fantastic day.
We left Hama and drove towards a major medieval castle from the Crusade period: Krak des Chevalier. It is one of the most famous medieval castle and citadel in the world, on a strategic location for Crusaders from Europe to Jerusalem. After the last Crusaders surrendered the castle to the Muslims, it became known as the Qal'at Al-Hosn in Arabic. It is a must visit place in Syria - 65km west of Homs.
... documents. The Aids test takes places at a center that the University sends you too. When we got there, we learn’t that the doctor had decided to close shop early, even though office hours clearly said she should be open for another 2 hours. After much cajoling and pleading she finally agreed, and myself and a bunch of other European kids were able to get our bloods drawn. Once you are up and cleared by the Aids department, you need to take a placement ...
... far, appears to be negative, but I began with the heat (and the mosquitoes) because it really does frame the day. You wake up with it, you live with it and you sleep with it. Everything you do, is with it, or worked cleverly so as to avoid it with the constant understanding that you will encounter it despite all your best efforts. It does not mean that Damascus isn't beautiful or thoroughly enjoyable, it just means it's hot. Really hot.
The old city in Damascus is surrounded ...