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In Damascus, I reached the heart of the muslim Empire. The Muslims wanted to have no part of the Mongols and were not interested in trading. But my persuasion and silk help turn the tides. Damascus had just recently shifted power from the ...
... churches in Syria dating back to 400AD. Here I listened to a priest resiting the Lords Prayer in Aramaic, the language of Christ. Click on the video to listen.
On the way back to the hostel, I ate with Maria at a restaurant near Bab Sharki and whom I would see again following her departure to Switzerland and her daughter in England, the next ...
... The history of Damascus is such that many religions integrated and formed their "quarters" side by side, respecting each other. This included a Jewish quarter, although I suspect that no Jewish people still lived there.
An introductory wander around the local vicinity passed the remains of the afternoon. With a Nargeela (water pipe). One of many to come.
More wanderings the next ...
... br> Just to add to Martin's comment about the 'couple of cold ones' in the Bekaa valley: the cycle from Beirut to Zahle was, we decided, most probably the hardest of the whole trip. Mainly this was due to the weather; first we sweated up the 1600m+ of ascent in our gore-tex, thanks to the torrential rain. Then Cedric got a puncture. Then, when we were already getting cold, we were
hailed on, ...
... display. Eid al Adha starts tomorrow.
Eid al Adha translates into "Festival of Sacrifice" and the story dates back to the time of Abraham, when by the request of god, Abraham was to sacrifice his only son, Ishmael. Abraham was prepared to perform this ultimate sacrifice but first had to ask Ishmael for permission. Ishmael was only 13 at the time (Abraham being 99), but showed unbelievable maturity and willingness to submit to the will of god. "Father, do as ...