She's IMMORTAL !
Damascus Travel Blog› entry 21 of 34 › view all entries
August 13th, 2009 – by: herman_munster
Mark Twain, The Innocent Abroad, 1869
Arriving in the night in Damascus without any hostel reservation was eventful as my thought of there must be availabities was completely wrong.
Where were this all tourist and backpackers came from? All popular budget option even for â€˜roof matressâ€™ were not available.
It has been 2 hours searching for one until finally I stopped at midrange hotel infront of Citadel.
The next morning I strolled down to Damascus main sight which were all in Old City , mostly. It is surrounded by what was initially Roman Wall. Next to the Citadel is the entrance to main covered market, the souq Al-Hamidiyya with a vault of corrugated iron roofing blocks.Constructed in the late 19th century and some of the vault has bullet holes left by the machine-gun fire by French plane during the nationalist rebellion.The sunlight that penetrates through them makes it more interesting.
After a week of no internet, I found the internet and check emails, an updated my blog and all the sudden the power went off the whole Damascus possibly entire Syria. It was power saving during summer months that every one hour every week the power has to shut-down. I sampled what Damascus famous of - the ice cream and yourgurt.The ice-cream made with sahlab ( a topioca-root flavoured drink)and topped with crushed pistachios nuts, it's a souq-shopping must. I had 2 of them as they were great ! The souq leads to Umayyad Mosque, the most beautiful mosque in Syria and one of the holiest Mosque in the world for Muslim.
One and half days was enough in Damascus. I made my way to bus station for Amman. Felt surpired as I was meeting Massimo and wife again at the bus station. They were on their way to Bosra south of Damascus near Jordanian Border.
Passing Jordanian border that my thought of not needing a visa was wrong as it turned out I need one. And I didn't have Dinar exchanged yet. For 10JD I paid â‚¬10 which I should get back â‚¬2 return but I let it go. They were Dutch couple getting their visa too and we were talking about our journey in Middle east to kill the time. Their insight about Middle East is alot better than South East Asia trip particularly Indonesia that they went a year ago. It was such a terrible experience to them that everyone there was treating them like a walking wallet. One of bad experience was someone just talk to them like showing the direction and then forcing them to pay money. They didn't do anything like carrying luggage or anything but threatening for a tip.
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