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... large tub of jam and a piece of halva- the sesame sweet that will never cease to transport me back to my childhood. Noticing a small bookshelf at the far end of the hotel dinning room I paused from my breakfast to take a quick peruse. Hostel and hotel 'take one leave one' bookshelves are the best bet for a good book in Syria, but this shelf was a little barren; mostly German and Japanese titles, some travel guides, and a self help book in English, (why do ...
... most significant Mesopatamian site in existence. It was founded in 2900BC and lasted until 1759BC when it was destroyed by the Babylonians. Still, they got their comeuppance a bit later! The ghosts are a bit more difficult to communicate with here. Probably because they are much older.
I go to find something to eat in the evening. There is a strong hot wind blowing and the air is ...
... helpfully in Arabic and Latin script. Unfortunately signposting in many towns isn't Syria's strong point so I follow the sun and hope for the best. It usually works and does on this occasion.
My, it's flat isn't it? After twisting and turning through the mountains of Turkey for two weeks the prospect of an open, straight road across dry farming country was going to be a different. I am on the main ...
Basic Vocab learned from the back of my lonely planet
A salaam alaikum - hello / peace be upon you
a malaikum salaam - response
Merhaba - hello
afwan - excuse me/ you're welcome
Shuckran - thank you
maatam - restaurant
anna beddi - i need
hammam - bathroom - but if pronounced with a longish a, you have the word pigeon.
peace be upon you. excuse me. i need a bathroom (possibly a pigeon). thank you.
one of my first sentences!
... with the guy next to me who had just finished his vetinary degree in Hama and was going to Dier ez Zur for a job interview. On nearing Dier ez Zur there were quite a lot of nodding donkey oil wells, apparently Syria's only real oil field.
The bus arrived in Dier ez Zur about 6.30 pm and after some confusion I had to get off the bus at the main bus station rather than the city centre in order to register with the police. A taxi into town was cheap and the ride ...