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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Anas (Syria )

It was already dark by the time we reached Hama and as the minivan terminal was located on the edge of town, we figured it would be easiest to just catch a taxi to our hotel. A local guy called Ahmed who had been on the minibus from Latakia told us that his shop was next to the Hotel that we wanted to go to, so volunteered to walk us there, which was really kind of him. It took about 15 minutes to reach the centre, after which we bade farewell and went to look at the two neighbouring hotels that were recommended by LP.

We checked out Riad Hotel first and it seemed like a reasonable option, as the rooms were well looked after and the staff incredibly polite.

However, the Hotel Cairo managed to trump it by offering us a double room, en-suite and with cable TV for only 550SYP ($12), which was basically the price that Riad had wanted for two places in their dormitory.

After checking in we took a brief walk around town, and got our first glimpse of the towering wooden water wheels, which the City is famous for. Street vendors were selling fresh fruit nearby, so we bought an orange and banana juice, some apples and a punnet of strawberries. After spending an hour on the internet we returned home to take what i would call our first proper hot shower in over two weeks. What i mean by this is a shower that was fixed and you didn't have to hold the head, also there was sufficient power in it and the temperature was hot and not luke warm.

The following morning we bought some freshly made mini pizzas, which we ate by the water wheels, whilst we waited for my photos to be burned to DVD. This took far longer than expected, so it wasn't until 12.30 that we finally got to make our way to the minibus terminal. As we walked there a young guy called Anas began to talk to us, and by pure coincidence he ended up been one of only three couchsurfers in Hama! Thus we agreed to meet up with him when we returned from our trip to Apamea later in the day.

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