Syakirah + James + Richard
7th Meeting! in Syria (Richard & Syakirah & James & Majeed) 2010/feb/04
The meeting idea come when I saw at TB Syakirah and James will be in Damascus in same time so I asked them to make it meeting and we exchange mobile numbers to SMS so can meet we met in Damascus because Syakirah don’t have time her flight was at night we have just hours so we met afternoon, James was there in Damascus before day and about me I travel by bus to Damascus from morning to be there at 2pm we took decision the place Omayyad mosque in old city near old market in that time my friend from Iraq was also in Damascus and he join with us and in time when we was wait Syakirah to come we saw something its strange first time I see it and I think all of us was surprise we saw a lot of Indians was there hit them self’s and singing by Indian I think! we all didn’t understand what they say but after I asked I find it was something sad day for them its about AL Husain in his memories 40th day after his dead dates, it was before about 1400 years! the place was crowded and the old market was full very slow moving people a lot of people stop to take videos and photos.
Syakirah + James + Majeed
after that we met Syakirah and we start show her the Omayyad mosque and we pray there "Salat alasr" and show her and show Majeed place head of Husain there and also grave leader of Islamic army Salah Alden for me was first time see it from inside the room, then we back to "Souk AL-Hamedia" the old market and we stack also in slow move because Indian was still there, then we went to eat! where? we don’t know exactly! and what to eat no one know or care! so we walked to some one I know it before 2 years but I didn’t find it I think he change decoration when I was in Dubai, I find another one good I ate pizza in his small restaurant before year so we jump in there it was warm there we ate "pizza sheesh drink cola juice" each 1 something he want and back out to cold wind and sunrset time make it more cold then we back to old market again the Indian finished and back normal market so we let Syakirah for hour to shopping, me and Majeed went to see my old friend DVDs shop to buy some new DVDs and James back to hotel to make his bags ready because it was last day for him in Damascus, the 1 hour finish fast and we back but the taxi driver drive slow and street full cars we late half hour in that time James and Syakirah was eating ice-cream from Bagdash shop its most famous 1 in all Syria, finally we back all together now where we go? no one know I was thinking in coffee or any place warm so we can talk little and James said lets go to coffee shop we walked again in market near Omayyad mosque and really don’t know where we going the target coffee shop any one good we can see in the way, I asked old man he said to me about place near can find 4 good places so we went there now the problem wich one we going in , I let James chose one and James ask Syakirah and my friend Majeed don’t know also so we let it to James he chose it and we in there, we asked for hot drink and we talked little until 9pm we back to James hotel Syakirah taxi coming take her to airport at 10pm me and my friend each 1 going to his home after goodbye each other finish the meeting I think at 9:30pm and now for me the story just start!
I went to bus garage to back my city I find all close and if open don’t go to north Syria because snow close the roads all ways so I get idea go stay in hotel with James and we go by train morning to Aleppo I arrive there I saw James and I asked the hotel give me room he said all full even other hotel near was full because same problem the snow! time near to be 11pm and my mobile battery give warning to finish also the mobile unit going finish so in that time I remember friend live in Damascus I sleep in his home before 2 years for a week when I make the 2nd meeting with italian guy from TB "luigi" , I called my friend and I take taxi to his home I told to James maybe I join to u morning by train but I called the train office at 12pm they told me its full for next 2 days! So all ways close I told my family I will stay in Damascus until find way to back and I will sleep in home my friend.
we wake up next day at 3pm more than13 hour sleep! it was Friday his weekend holiday from his work and I was tired finally at 5pm I went to train maybe find slow train or fast one any place any time in that day but I find nothing its full so I took taxi and went to bus garage hope find bus even if I stay hours there waiting no problem, it was good luck I find bus at 6pm and the road was open in that time my mobile battery and units finished even the money finished all I have 100 s.p because I used taxi a lot and long way from place to another but good my friend was with me until I in the bus and he give me 500 s.p he said must take it now maybe u need it in way give it back for me later when you come anytime no problem, I told him no its ok and thank for your help he didn’t listen and he was swear to let the 500 s.
p with me until meet him next time, and this was end the story!
it was coldest day I see in Syria for 5 years and strange whether snowing little with wind and sunny day and it was first time finish from me unit mobile money battery all in same time. But after all it was nice to meet James again and meet Syakirah for some hours and see my Iraqi friend after 5 years.