Apparently there was some significant wind in the preceding days so there was a lot of dust in the air, meaning that our "Palmyra at sunrise" was less than impressive as we eventually saw the sun appear in the middle of the sky as it gradually climbed past the cloud of dust. Somewhere in this jumble of old stone you may have the good luck (as I did) of coming across someone jerking off among the ruins. I guess the columns can be irresistible if you're into that sort of thing, but I gotta imagine there must be more private places than the tourist mecca of Syria for manual release.
Leaving the SAR January 28th 2005 I really wanted to use the string "Back in the SAR" as a subject, but it didn't work out.
Syria is a very cheap and friendly country. Don't let people (or your government) tell you otherwise. It's also one of the safest countries I've been to so far, way safer than Turkey and about the same as Iran. I haven't seen or heard of any crimes (petty or otherwise) during my 1-month stay here. Sur ... read more
Middle East » Syria » South » Damascus Following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Syria was administered by the French until independence in 1946. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in ... ... read more
My trip began (July 19, 2004) as a 14-month leave of absence from my job, with the intention of "seeing the world", and a bunch of unrealistic ideas of what can be accomplished in a year. Turns out a year isn't as long as it seems, so I've recently quit my job (yeay!) to become a full-time traveler. Until, that is, I run out of money or decide I'm ready to rejoin the ratrace.
In the meantime, I'm trying to blog at least once a month from the countries I'm visiting. I'm not interested in Western Europe, so don't expect pictures of Venice here. My blogs are basically my impressions of pla... full info