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... br> On Friday, March 25, 2011, I flew from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Damascus International Airport to begin what would become a life-changing trip through Syria. During my flight, I was slightly nervous and very excited for two reasons. First, my flight was delayed 6 hours, so my anticipation kept growing and growing. Second, the days leading up to my trip brought regular news about the conflicts that ...
... departure, so I wasn't able to make advanced arrangement for accommodation in Damascus. That's my excuse anyways. Thankfully I shared my taxi from Amman with an English speaking Syrian couple who were kind enough to allow me to tag along with them. When the cab dropped us off in front of their hotel I knew right away that it was out of my price range. I didn't even feel clean enough to hang out in the lobby. The hotel staff addressing me as "sir" made ...
... to eat. Kebab stalls were doing a roaring trade as were the men selling bread from carts, and soon we reached the edge of the Old Town. It was marked by the high walls of the Citadel, an imposing medieval fortress, and as night fell, we entered via one of the old city gates.
More or less as soon as we stepped through the gate we found ourselves inside the bustling Al-Hamidiyah Souq. It was packed with people all pushing their way to make any headway through the wide bazaar. ...
... mosques' exterior walls of foreign structures with writing that isn't Arabic.
Its contrast is found just outside the old city - the new city. Filled with young fashionable Syrians (my desire of practical over pretty clothing definitely sticks out here). It's lined with new shiny shops which are much cheaper than the old city. And a grotesque and immense structure, the four season hotel, dominates the sky line. The roads are filled with Syrian cars, and some huge land ...
... unusual against the backdrop of urban decay or neglect. The security here, and around the Government building yesterday, is the only obvious security we’ve seen. On the surface, it is very laid-back, unlike a lot of countries we’ve been to. However we do have to present our passports frequently – even to buy a bus ticket, and at our hotels.
We have worked out where we are and take a swing to the right, climbing across the ...