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29 Nov 2008 / 4 Comments / in Journeys

One reason I travelled to Damascus was that it seemed exotic and also it was just there, it was a destination. On the journey I started to look more and more at links and borders – lines of separation. Once I got to Damascus I wasn’t quite sure why I’d come. I found myself wandering […]

Something that happened…

21 Nov 2008 / 1 Comment / in Journeys

I was in the Internet cafe ironing out a wrinkle in my return schedule and there were three middle-aged men in suits there - pretty unusual. After they left the guy at the desk said they were from the Government and had taken the sheets logging customers’ names and the times they were using the computers. They also downloaded […]

Mash up

21 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

The huge hole in the centre of Damascus is the courtyard of the Umayyad (Umwiye?) Mosque. A group of Japanese tourists traipses by – dutifully bound up in their Islam-friendly grey robes with pointy hoods handed out to visitors. Three Arab looking girls, about eighteen years old, sail past their grey gowns flapping open in the breeze to reveal […]

Damscus detail

20 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

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19 Nov 2008 / 3 Comments / in Journeys

The train station at Aleppo smells of roses. There are no roses inside but the air is perfumed somehow. It’s very lovely with a wooden ceiling and huge clusters of lamps. I’m gently guided onto the fast train to Damascus. We pass through beautiful desert – not crowded or pretty but a spare beauty. It’s […]


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 […]