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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 ...
... of taking private lessons in the local dialect. I considered lots of factors before jumping ship, but to be honest, once the idea popped into my head, it became the obvious choice. After talking with lots of students from both the University and other language programs I'm happy with my decision.
I'm now three days into my lessons (whereas the University program doesn't start for another week or so) and things ...
Took a bus to Damascus, and found a hotel with a dorm room available, as there were no singles. You would think I'm in Bethlehem with the number of places that claimed no availability.
Walked around a bit of the Old City, mainly the Christian Quarter. Most of the churches were closed so I'll have to return. A number of the Patriarchs of Antioch are here- there is ...
... 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. ...
... handle. Putting on the seat belt is risky, as newcomers will learn when they accidentally touch the metal. As you drive, you open the windows to cool you down, because the aircon takes too long to be effective, and the heat is just too hot to wait. But the air racing into the car from outside isn't refreshing. It's rare to feel a breeze that makes you hotter than before, but here it is. It's like someone is blowing a hairdryer in your face, and even this feeling is preferable to ...