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Departure – London St Pancras

08 Nov 2008 / 3 Comments / in Journeys

1 The train is delayed. 2 A Welsh voice next to me is asking why the service to Brussels has been suspended rather than the route to Paris in the larger, more powerful neighbouring country. It seems like a traditional British departure, except that… 3 The delay has been caused by disruption on the line […]

Nameless streets

07 Nov 2008 / 3 Comments / in Journeys

Damascus, I’m reliably informed by one of its biggest fans, is a city where street names are barely used. My informant insists that a police officer standing on, for example, the Umawiyeen roundabout and being asked for directions to that same Umawiyeen roundabout will likely not be able to point you in the right direction. […]

Visa

31 Oct 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

My passport is with the Syrian Embassy. I have every faith and confidence it’ll be back in my hands by the time I’m standing at St Pancras station ready to board the Eurostar and track Damacus-wards. It is a worry though. I left it a bit late to apply. But passports are only paper, a […]