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  • Raqqa to PalmyraIt was further than we thought from central Raqqa to the highway. We probably hiked for 4 miles or so to get to what we thought was the highway. There followed the most confused and messiest session of hitching to Posted by bj_945 in Across the Levant | Mar 22, 2010
  • Qalat Jabar, ContinuedIt took a long time for us to getup to waist level. Neither of us had the balls to do what is far less painful in the long run, and jump in. Eventually it got to the point of no return. Posted by bj_945 in Across the Levant | Mar 22, 2010
  • Qalat JabarWe awoke fairly late the next day, in our hotel room in Ath Thaura. The aim of this day was to get to Qalat Jabar, maybe 20 km away round lake Al Asad, to the North West of Ath Thaura. Posted by bj_945 in Across the Levant | Mar 20, 2010
  • TartusSo, we're in Tartus now. Leaving tomorrow, to Hama (just confirmed with BJ: "Are we going to Hama tomorrow?" "[shrug] ... yeah") which is meant to be the most picturesque of all the big Syrian cities. Hitching again, so hopefully Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 20, 2010
  • On the RoadWe got up far too late to be hitching and cleared out the room With the help of the receptionist, we made a sign with the Arabic for "Ath Thaura" on it, and left the hotel. We grabbed a Shawarma Posted by bj_945 in Across the Levant | Mar 17, 2010
  • Aleppo, Continued-Continued. The people at the motorbike shop were extremely friendly. They were clearly trying to push us into buying their bikes there and then, explaining that second hand bikes would be difficult to find, and that they have often been illegally Posted by bj_945 in Across the Levant | Mar 17, 2010
  • To the MediterraneanA few things first that I missed out from the last blog as by the time it got to the end of my time I just didn't really care any more, so a few key things slipped from memory. One Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 17, 2010
  • AleppoOnce at Charles Helou International Bus Station it is impossible even to reach the buses for taxi drivers asking you where you're going and pointing out their cars. The first guy asked me where I was trying to get. When Posted by bj_945 in Across the Levant | Mar 14, 2010
  • Back to BasicsHaving left the hotel and eaten, and after a long and picturesque hike and hitch, and a break of an hour when we go back for a fruitless search for BJ's camera which he lost on the way, we arrive Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 14, 2010
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to SyriaFirst things first, text from Ukraine: "Good luck for you! Nise to meet you! After 2 day go back to my family! Be happy!" Cue uplifting ballad, perhaps Shania Twain? Yet to be decided for when the bestselling book of Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 14, 2010
  • Determinism, Chicken, and the Syrian NightlifeA wild day was had by all yesterday. BJ and I did a lot of research into motorbikes, finding out that buying a new one was going to cost about $700 (no thanks) and the story attached to second hand Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 9, 2010
  • Departure from BaronSo, Baron is in the past. I'm sure we will go there again soon as it has quite a nice bar - described as 'atmospheric' which means that Vanessa Carlton and McFly (or was it Busted?) are required to give Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 7, 2010
  • A Good ScrubbingDespite the Harry Potter-esque title of this, I'm not going to say that my "stomach turned" whilst I pulled out my "wand". Suffice it to say that at the hammam, there were several wands out as the loin-cloths that we Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 5, 2010
  • Diesel and RainSo as I write this in the internet cafe, my brain is slowly melting due to the crazy smell of diesel which seems to be eminating from behind a screen next to me. I assume this is a generator, as Posted by kmaw in Travels in Arabia | Mar 3, 2010
  • Syria Part 223rd November, 2009 We leave Aleppo and head to Krak de Chevalier (listed by LP as the finest crusader castle in the world) and I’m already disappointed. The photographs I’ve seen of the castle made it look like a scene straight Posted by dawniecoz in Bob in Africa | Nov 27, 2009
  • Syria21 November, 2009 Today we drove to Syria and with all documents for Bob in order since our calculated guess that we could make it to the city of Mersin near the Syrian border at about the same time as mail Posted by dawniecoz in Bob in Africa | Nov 25, 2009
  • Entering CivilizationStepping off the coach to Damascus, fighting through the rediculous taxi touts, we got to the flat of a friend of mine, Benjy, currently studying Arabic and Persian in Damascus and very familiar with the city. He had kindly put Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 26, 2009
  • BackAfter breaking down in the desert, we eventually got to Palmyra, which has been a tourist destination for 200 years. Tourism is the only industry there and needless to say were immedeately shafted. Firstly, a rediculously expensive taxi (there were Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 25, 2009
  • Further Down the Hospitality Rabbit HoleHaving accepted Amir's invitation, we headed to the village of Bokros further south along the Euphrates from the city of Dier Ez-Zor. Eventually after a series of rather disastrous minibus rides, including one where the window exploded for no reason, Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 25, 2009
  • Syrian Pharmacists Speak RussianSo, I left off last time with us in the middle of the desert, sun setting, arms out into the air in a prayer to the many gods this region has had over the millennia. Our prayers were swiftly answered Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 24, 2009
  • Heading EastFrom Homs we decided to head into the desert, into the wilds of Eastern Syria, away from civilization, away from the crowds. So we got a minibus to an unknown town eastwards, accompanied by looks that said 'why the hell Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 23, 2009
  • Muslim KidsChild labour laws are a probably a funny joke here. The cities are full of little kids running around selling all kinds of wares, from bread to chewing gum, and the nargileh cafes are garrisoned by armies of shoe shine Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 23, 2009
  • Syria So FarSyria has been probably the dirtiest and dustiest place on the trip so far (and easily the hottest), with most of the places that we've stayed at having some nasty odor or other. But, on the bright side, we've also Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 17, 2009
  • Entering the Arab WorldAfter a rather hectic week and 6 day 'detour' (3 days of solid travel from Eastern Turkey to Sakhalin in Far Eastern Russia and back, over 30 hours on a plane etc.), I returned to Gaziantep and miraculously found Chuck Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | Aug 13, 2009
  • 骆驼肉+ 烤鸡肉串领队说每次在叙利亚,每个人都必须尝试的是骆驼肉。还好全团都是肉食动物,所以有肉皆欢! 那天刚好是轮到Chris小组做饭。下午三五个人就跟着领队去了集市。等他们回来的时候,就看见同行的一个奥拉利亚人像抽经似地乱蹦,逢人就打来他的照相机炫耀一阵。凑过去一看,原来是肉案上挂了一个骆驼的头!哈哈,无知的小孩。估计到了中国看见农贸市场里的猪头,也得蹦个半天吧。 把骆驼肉结成大排大小,让他们在腌料里躺一个下午。生上火,把肉放上烤板,烤个5,6分钟,翻一面,再过5,6分钟,就可以开吃了。(Chris就是翻 Posted by suevasil in Overland for 8 Months | Jul 31, 2009
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