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... upmarket affair and where the president occasionally eats at the weekends. Starters, a big meal finished off with a nargeela amounted to around $15. Bargain. And thrown in free of charge is a large plate of sweets and fruit. Wow, no way could I eat all this. But I could stuff my backpack with them, which I duly did! Cant take me anywhere!
I slept well that night!
... and two of my fellow travelers. Next morning, the real fun begins!
The next morning I meet the other couple on the trip. The five of us (and our guide Bashar) depart for the bus station around 8:30 amidst sleet and freezing rain. By the time we're at the bus station, it's full on snowing. Even the locals are snapping pictures as this is relatively unusual weather for Damascus, although not unheard of. Thuy kindly loans me a scarf and cap so I ...
... 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: ...
... s so much history packed into such a small space as the Old City and thankfully, this part of the city is still the Damascus that sustains the romantic notion of the Orient, filled with bazaars and blind alleys, minarets, mosques and fountain courtyards, street-cart vendors and coffeehouses. But there's also a new, much more modern Damascus where one can find many boutique hotels, chic shopping, and a new modern sophistication to the city.
... out to the souks about 5pm. Pushed our way through with the locals and managed to buy ourselves an ice cream from possibly the most popular ice cream shop in Syria - was delicious - vanilla, rolled in pistachio nuts. That was dinner :) Went back to the hotel, and couldn't see any sign of a tour briefing for the geckos tour we were on. Went to bed a out 8pm assuming the tour leader would make contact in the morning. You know what they say about ...