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... and we were able to venture out and explore the old cıty wıth ıts palace, mosque and amazıng souq (bazaar).
After a full day explorıng the cıty (and a lıttle baklava of course) we settled ın at Al-Nawfara Coffee Shop to see a dyıng art form. Abu Shady ıs an elderly Syrıan man who ıs known as a Hakawatı, or storyteller ın ...
... er nog tijd genoeg is rijden we al door naar Krak des Chevaliers.
P.S. foto's opladen lijkt niet erg goed te lukken (gaat enorm traag en blokkeert na een tijdje)! al blij dat ik een verslagje heb kunnen posten!
Today we spent a whole day visiting 'old Damascus'.
The souks of Damascus are in fact divided into several adjacent souks, each sometimes specialising in a different product (silk, spices, etc.). The most famous is called Souk ...
... wares inside for the night after they close shop, they simply cover them with wet burlap- it is unthinkable for anyone to steal from them. The sight of the liberties women enjoy with regards to fashion; surprising in a country that is decidedly anti-western. The sight of glassed in butcher shops proudly displaying the meat of the day, hanging from thick metal hooks and the lure of pyramids of famous Damascene confections on every street. Of course the most overwhelming ...
At the border crossing, after discovering that I work in Afghanistan, I was jokingly asked "Al-qaeda?... are you carrying a bomb?" After lots of smiles I was eventually let across to the border to cross what was perhaps one of the longest, most well-developed ...
... fiance and brother along to watch the spectacle. Unfortunately I fail at umpiring as I 1) wear contacts 2) got too involved with the game to actually pay attention to whether a ball was in or out and 3) had to keep score using my fingers and toes because I forget what the score is half the time.
We then had our final day in Damascus which was ...