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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 […]

St Sava

26 Nov 2008 / 3 Comments / in Journeys

The Serbians are building the biggest Orthodox church in the world. brankkoss St Sava in Belgrade is a huge space made of concrete.  It lacks the peaceful feeling of other holy places I’ve visited, but that could be down to the ongoing building works. A mason is electrically chiselling a white marble capital for one […]

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. […]