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I moved to another hostel, the Al-Rabie hostel outside of the walled old town which turned out to be the best hostel at which I have ever stayed, from both a people and ambiance point of view. Although like the immediate area, it looks nothing other than shabby from the outside. But step inside. Cool!
Went for a shave and ...
... my first visit to an Arab bathing house, probably also the last.
That night I got some beers with Neil in the Christian quarter of the old City. It's hard to explain, but the whole atmosphere in such an old city is just magnificent at night. And, quite contrary to expectations, it is not a problem for anyone to have a beer - as long as it is in the Christian quarter. We got them at a bottle shop (window) and drank them in a small park. We noticed that there ...
... with them. Afterwards we would kiss and embrace. I guess that for these women living under such strict ( I would say cruel ) codes of behavior the scape to Damascus is a breath of fresh air. From the Umayyad they continue to the Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque. Ruqayya was the daughter of Husayn and her gravesite is in this Mosque.The Iranian ladies scream and cry loudly in front of the grave as if the death would have taken place the day before. It is quite a ...
Today was a full day out in the sun. Waking up late, we wandered through this sauna we call Damascus and headed to the market. Jillian Louis and I walked through the souks for hours, it seemed. We went back to our rug guy and cut a deal on an awesome Kurdish kilim rug, with camels and neat designs on it. Super thick and rugged, we grabbed the older, faded one which for some reason was ...
... and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel on their Yom Kippur holiday, in an attempt to win back the Golan Heights, but it failed. In 1975 full-scale civil war broke out in Lebanon, and in 1976 Syrian troops intervene in the fighting in Lebanon at the request of Lebanon’s president. The civil war in Lebanon officially ended on 13th October, 1990, but Syrian troops didn’t finally leave until 2005, after the killing of former ...