Damascus, Syria

Tuesday night Celine, Bangali and I viewed a jazz concert in the Aleppo Citadel. First, an Italian quartet played followed by a Syrian quartet. The historic setting, and mixed audience made the concert more interesting than normal. Will post photos/video when I return to Turkey.

Yesterday I came to Damascus to meet Jeff. After a pizza in a snazzy Damascene restaurant we went to his pad and then the US Ambassador’s residence for a 4th of July BBQ. Attending were US diplomats, their families and American students in Damascus to learn Arabic. Hot dogs, baked beans with bacon, burgers, brownies, US beer and choc-chip cookies were on the menu.

I’m about to jump in a service taxi to another location. Will write again soon.


2 thoughts on “Damascus, Syria

  1. I’m kinda jealous of you after your posts about Aleppo and Damascus:)

    Those places are a few that I couldn’t have the opportunity to see yet, while I really want to do it.

    My favorite author, Refik Halid Karay, told about those lands with such an elegant language and it really attracted me.

    I hope you enjoyed the country and food there…

  2. Emre,
    I’m sure you’ll get the chance to visit one day. I wish more Turkish people had an interest in this part of the world.

    By the way, can you recommend any Refik Halid Karay books, particularly those with English versions?

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