Welcome to the boards!!!
Wow, both sound like awesome trips.
I went to Greece-Turkey-Syria last year... both great places, very beautiful, and (mostly) quite safe.
My route was Athens-Ios-Kusadasi-Selcuk-Bergama-Istanbul-Aleppo-Hama-Palmyra-Damascus... it was a great trip.
Some of my Syria pics from the trip are in this thread: http://travelpunk.com/boards/showthread.php?t=14355
It's really another world over there... its awesome
Vincent: "So what you gonna do?"
Jules: "Well, basically, I'm just gonna walk the earth."
Vincent: "What you mean 'walk the earth'?"
Jules: "You know, like Kane in 'Kung Fu'...go places...meet people...get in adventures."
Trips (only counting recreational travel):
FIRST TRIP (2005): FIRST EUROTRIP EVER! UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland
SECOND TRIP (2007): First Solo Trip! Greece, Turkey, Syria, Spain
2008: China (Beijing, Shanghai, Yangshuo) ...right before the Olympics!
2009: Japan & HK, Southern Spain
[size=1]2010: All over Lebanon, Ibiza (Spain), Oktoberfest (Germany), Thailand.
2011: India (Goa), Jordan, Jerusalem, San Sebastian (Spain), Amsterdam (again), London, Driving from Vancouver to L.A. (stopping in Portland, Seattle, San Fran and all the little stops), Montpellier (France), Geneva and Lausanne (Switzerland)
"Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it."