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Paris, near London

28 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

malias There’s something about Paris that makes me not want to avoid cliches. Arriving in Austria I immediately saw a mountain village, in Romania gypsies with a horse and cart, in Turkey a mosque and in Syria a man wearing a red and white checked headscarf.  It felt like I was winning at stereotype bingo. […]

Station decoration

28 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

Leaving Strasbourg I look up at the ceiling at the train station and see it is wooden and painted with a flower design, similar to the one in Aleppo. The old part of the station is covered over with a glass structure.  It’s a bit like a glass dish placed over a piece of aged […]


28 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys

I’ve used eight different currencies on this trip; Euros, Hungarian forints, Romanian lei, Turkish lira, Syrian pounds, Serbian dinars and Sterling. It’s been the most difficult thing to keep track of.

Shopping for the exotic

27 Nov 2008 / 1 Comment / in Journeys

Lovely Strasbourg claims to be the Capital of Christmas 2008. When I arrive I see people waiting for the shopping mall to open its doors for the day. Thinking of Damascus Souk I go in and look around the same way, as if everything were strange and all the details were deeply interesting. We head […]

Strasbourg – Petite France

27 Nov 2008 / 0 Comments / in Journeys