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... shave was a little more than expected! Found my local Shawarma vendor (75SYP ie 1 quid) just 100m away and which became my steady provider of nourishment.
Late afternoon I headed up to Jebel Quassion for a view of the city and spent a couple of hours wandering, looking and even a little local dancing!
... 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 ...
... Arabic and drink some tea. He said that he was going to marry in three months, and I asked for the name of the future bride. He hesitated and then confessed he really did not know. Looking at my perplexed reaction, he explained that his mother was in charge of all the arrangements. I just wish him the best.
The photograph of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is everywhere .I asked people what they did think of him.Most of the opinions were favorable ...
... third is eaten by family, one third is given to friends, and one third is donated to the poor. In homes around the Muslim world, people entertain guests with bitter coffee, and sticky sweets. Children are given small gifts or money. Food is served in abundance. It is a time to be with those who are most important, and remember the importance of commitment to god.
In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star Paul Theroux remarks "[for the traveller] public holidays are hell: ...
... It really was a special place. When we came out of the chapel, there were only the caretakers of the chapel and the gift shop around. We were told by the gift shop vendor that the Syrian president and his wife were about to pay a visit with his foreign visitor, Hugo Chavez and his wife! Sure enough, within ten minutes, there were Bashar Al-Assad and his lovely wife, accompanied by Hugo Chavez, his wife and a million security people! It ...