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March 18th, 2009 – by: Deats
Once we had completed our Syrian visa formalities, our taxi driver whisked us to "Somarie" terminal in Damascus, at break neck speeds. We had already been to this particular terminal on our way to Lebanon, so we knew that there were minivans running to the centre, and thus shrugged off all of the usual taxi sharks. As luck should have it the #15 bus also ran to the centre, so we hopped on this for the 20 minute journey (10SYP/$0.20).
On our last visit to Damascus we had felt thoroughly ripped off by the Lousy Planets recommendations for Hotels, so we had found an alternative, which was the Hotel Kassr El Muloukie, located on Martyrs Square.
It was already getting late, so we went out for Dinner at a small hole in the wall cafe, which served up kebabs and french fries. A brief spell on the internet worked up a thirst, but we opted to buy some soft drinks to take home, as cafes were asking 50SYP ($1.10) for a small cup of tea, which may not sound a lot, but by Syria's standards really is. Anyway, it would have been cold to sit outdoors and the prospect of a night in front of the idiot box was just too good a chance to miss!
The following day was started with a visit to the National Museum, which housed some nice artifacts from Palmyra, Dura Europos and other archaelogical sites around the country.
Fridays in the Middle East tend to be a pain in the butt, as most of the shops are closed and public transport is also less frequent. We went to the main road to try and catch a minivan to the bus terminal, but after waiting for 15 minutes, we decided to take a taxi, so as not to miss the 10.00 bus to Bosra. Been a Friday the taxis were charging time and a half, but on the upside, taxis are pretty cheap in Syria, so it only came to 120SYP ($2.50) for the 15 minute drive across town.
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