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... chef's fault. I noticed this sort of melancholy behaviour quite a lot in Syria and I can't work out why tourists rave about the openness of the people. Openness? No. Their hospitality is obedient, to say the least, but what's desperately missing in this country is a smile.
I'm not talking about the average local here because I wasn't in Syria long enough to meet many. I'm talking about the service sector in a country that is state run and not too bothered about ...
... by. We found out that we didn't actually have to pay to see the ruins, only if we wanted to look at the tombs, which we didn't. We walked around the ruins and it started to rain. We were in the middle of the desert and it was raining! Lucky it was only a short shower and we were soon surround by blue skies. The ruins were great but after seeing ruins for what seems like months they didn't blow me away. We caught a bus back to Damascus only to ...
... to the mosque. Eventually they morphed into institutions unto themselves, and occasionally into monumental structural complexes. As important social centers, they were built in almost every Ottoman city. In Damascus I am aware of at least half a dozen, though the actual number in the city is anyone's guess. As the entrance is often only written in Arabic, my limited ability to read the lacy script has proved useful in seeking out ...
... of age) so we paid adult entrance, went into the garden and headed straight for the garden cafe, and had a coffee and tea-don't forget, we had been up since before 7am, it was now 1030am and this was by far the earliest we had been up since Stampede time. After some time of "waking up", we headed in and saw lots of old art from the Ugarit, Ottoman and Roman empires-old arabic and islamic art, pottery, ceramics and wood work; swords, coins, jewelry, ...
... was fun. i bought a "i <3 Palestine scarf for 2$ which went directly to kids in...you guessed it hong kong! just joking, palestine. anyone who wants that, just let me know...its yers! or i can get you one or whatever. anyway. we decided to go to a rooftope terrace after some carpet shopping and found a cool cool place right next to the tower at ommayad mosque...one of the most famous and oldest mosques in the whirl. ash had a turkish coffee while i opted ...