Water wheel heaven but mosquito hell

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End May 19, 2006

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

I've got to get this out of the way quickly other wise I just will not bother to write it down. But the people here are even MORE friendly than I'd come across so far in the 3 other countries I'd visited. Maybe its because whilst lots of tourists do flock here, to the locals we are still a bit of a novelty, compared to Jordan, Lebanon and defiantly Egypt that is. Not satisfied with mearly shunning their 'in-bread' inhabit ions to wave and say "hello, welcome", you are constantly beckoned over to join people for Tea/Coffee, or accosted in the road (in the friendliest of manors) to exchange names, home towns and to exaughsted both my 20 words of Arabic and their 20 words of English!

I really hope I;m not helping to change this place of the worst by not sitting down for 10 minutes every 50 metres I walk, but there is only so much tea you can drink!! (today I made a concerted effort to not say no too often, I only saw 2 of the many sites that I was going to see, but never mind!!)

Grusume photos galore here, this happened to me once in Peru too. Mosquitos always like me but it's never too much of a problem, however it seems there is a rather rair bread of fly who I DEFINATLY DON'T LIKE, my joints are in agony (like when you have the flu really bad) and body parts are swelling like balloons! The photos really don't do the dramatic size of the swelling justice (my hand and fore arm look like that of a 20 stone man!) But I felt the shots of me draining "shot glass" quantities of fluid from the bite wounds a little too grafic!!!!!

Just look at the pretty water wheels raising water from the Orontes river to Aquaducts to irrigate to fertile lands of Hama, arr!!!
or the Pretty Poppy (natural not cultivated, I think!) and wheat fields surrounding the roman ruins at Apamea!
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