Category Archives: 敘利亞 Syria

Day 236: A country of ruins vs. a country in ruin

Palmyra in a pinkish gold hue

Wow. Palmyra is amazing at sunset. Probably the most impressive of Roman ruins I’ve seen… Colonnade, arches, porticos, temples, it’s not hard to imagine this city in its heyday and how awe inspiring it must have felt upon entering its main gate. And even more so at sunset as the pink granite scattered over the enormous site turns rosy gold. Continued 繼續看…

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Day 234: A peaceful day in the world’s oldest city

Damascus: Inside the Courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque

Friday is a welcome relief from the otherwise hustling bustling Syria. Equivalent to Sundays of the western world, today is a day of rest & prayers in Muslim Syria. The roads of Damascus are free from honking traffic and yelling shopkeepers. We can even walk without the need to dodge crowds. “Salaam” I thought, finally some real peace. Continued 繼續看…

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Day 231: And the title goes to…

End of the day at Aleppo

It’s our third night in Syria, haven’t quite adjusted to the hot dry desert climate (roughly 40C daytime, more bearable in evenings). First stop was Aleppo, and culture shocked once off the bus. Everything in Arabic. Tried to learn reading it but gave up shortly. Must be how westerners feel when trying to read Chinese. Continued 繼續看…

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第二百三十天: 自言自語

無理由咁窄咁多人仲行埋車架喎,不過真係好exotic (雖然唔及摩洛哥費斯城的那個)

我真正進入中東了。敘利亞的阿勒頗 (Aleppo),九成九的女士都包頭黑衣 (但不代表她們全都是溫婉的,在我面前抱著熟睡小孩的那位很兇很有氣勢),也有很多穿長衫的中年至老年男士,周圍的招牌是看不明白但很優美的阿拉伯文,從右至左的…

坦白說,此刻的我仍和昨天過關時一樣如驚弓之鳥,終於來到這片地,卻被過多的注意力、人多車多的混亂與破落環境、怪味、酷熱天氣和這裡的男女大不同嚇怕… Continued 繼續看…

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第二百二十九天: 敘利亞,我來也!

相/畫中人是敘利亞現任元首,其畫像到處可見

敘利亞,超費時的闖關之旅,終於順利結束,箇中經驗層出不窮,有像危地馬拉雞巴士的短程車、非常緩慢的土耳其離境速度、與大時代無異的混亂至極的敘利亞邊境等等 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 229: Syria, give it to me… (visa I mean, nothing obscene)

Portrait of President Bashar al-Assad welcomes you to Syria

We’re in!!! After months of uncertainty and hearing recent reports of failed entry by various travelers, wind is at our backs and we’ve successfully obtained VOA (visa on arrival) at the border! Continued 繼續看…

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