Bye Bye Bicycles
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Damascus is a city of change. A place where radical things happen. The apostle Paul was a zealot killing and persecuting Christians, but on the way to Damascus he was blinded by the Lord and his life took a 180 degree turn (as hr journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a great light shone around him from heaven...then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were open he saw no one Acts 9:3, 8). After being cured, (Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight. And Ananais entered the house and laying hands on him he said 'Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road as you came has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:11, 17), he became one of the most influential men spreading Christianity. We've now walked over the river where he was baptized and saw the place where he was lowered out over the city wall (...and through a window in a basket I was let down by the wall and escaped 2 Corinthians 11:33).
Eventually, I found some very high quality, 'authentic' NIKE backpacks - LOL! They are very
Shopping around for cargo companies was even less successful. I was able to find a few, but none could give me concrete answers on procedures and prices. What I wouldn't do for a little western professionalism in times like this. I want to know price, customs, airlines, etc., not 'it will get to Canada Inshalla', and 'we can talk some more tomorrow'. Going back to the same company more than once, gets me different answers each time - at least from what I can decipher through the language barrier...
But the next day there was bad news. The airline company wouldn't take the actual weight of the crate because it was too small. Instead they took the volume weight of the crate. So instead of 70kg, they would charge for 235kg. Needing a cheaper option, the shipping company promised to look into different airlines that may be less expensive for us. But we would have to return the next day...
Next day there was more bad news. They couldn't find a cheaper airline. Actually the one that they had booked refused the crate saying it was too large. The only airline now that would take it was more expensive still. Come back at the end of the day and we'll have the paperwork.
By this time Sharilyn was about to blow a gasket!
So they brought in an interpreter, poured some coffee and ate the extra charges. And instead of coming back at the end of the day for papers, they were personally delivered within half an hour.
Thank goodness! With hours left on our Syrian visa we crossed the border into Jordan. Time to get out before all our money was drained from the account~