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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 ...
... sugary, chewy nut based candies, dried apricot leathers.
-Nuts: so many nuts-pistachios, peanuts, squash seeds (which all come at the beginning of every meal), beer nuts, corn nuts, rice cracker mixes, spiced nuts-you name it.
It seems that in this country, its lots of salt or lots of sugar. Mint tea is so sweet, as are fresh juices and coffee; cheeses are so salty, its insane, But I guess in this heat, you loose so many salts you need to ...
... We have been reading the history of Syria, and have attempted to summarise the recent history of the country as follows:
In July 1941 British and Free French forces took over control of Syria from the puppet Vichy government. The Free French promised independence – and delivered it another five years later – but only after violent clashes (and French bombing) in Syria in 1945 had compelled Britain to intervene. Syria took control ...