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Old 07-25-2007, 11:25 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, here are some pics from Syria. I'm at work, so I only uploaded a few... more later!



The Couryard of the Great Mosque in Damascus... the most beautiful courtyard I have stepped into in my entire life.


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A Bedouin sheppard herds his flock under the imposing ruins of the Arab castle in Palmyra, Syria. I was wondering... what were the sheep gonna eat?



The Great Waterwheel at Hama, Syria. They bring water up into the acqeducts with these things... very ancient and still in use. They water their gardens with these things! However, these wheels have weird smell to them.



Me in the ruins of Palmyra... there were literaly a handful of tourists in this vast, vast ruins. I could explore the ruins for hours without encountering anyone. It was like Indiana Jones...



The medieval souq in Aleppo... my guidebook said that most parts of Syria were spared the destructive process of Industrialization, so the cities most well preserved (and still look medieval) are in Syria. This souq was beautiful...



Decked out in Arab armour in Damascus... they let me do this because I bought 2 silk scarves from the guy. BADASS




That's it for now! more later!
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:26 AM   #2
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What the hell... why are the photos not embedded?
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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)

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F*** it!! Now I wanna go back!!

I looooved your photos :D Thanks for posting!!
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Fantastic pictures. That really is a beautiful courtyard. And I'm loving the last pic, you really do look totally badass. Looking forward to some more.
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Great stuff, lookin good J
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Those are some incredible pictures. Syria sounds like it could be a pretty sweet place to check out. Did you have any bad experiences there?
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I...want....to....travel...Noooooooow

(nicely done Jason!)
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This was originally a double post that I was trying to delete... but I can't figure out how....

So what the hell, here's some more pics:




You see, in Palmyra there was so little people that I could go on for hours without seeing anyone. I could even do Kung-Fu in the ruins... You have no idea who long I spent trying to get a pic of myself doing a jump kick off a pillar (using the timer function)...





Beautiful dusk view of the Palmya desert from the castle on the mountain... the structures you are seeing are tomb towers... that is the valley of the tombs.




The Cidadel of Aleppo... me and my guide (yes I had a guide, and it was totally the $20) were talking about how many battles must have been fought on the spot we were sitting and having tea... actually he told me Mohammad Atta did his Masters Thesis on the defence of this very citadel




The south side of Bab Al-Faraj, a street in Aleppo, Syria




A Syrian dinner... mmmm.... I forget what this is, but it was good. I ate camel at this very restaurant at lunch.




The Great Hamadiya souq in Damascus... the little star-like holes you see are the bullet holes left by French planes after WWI.




More later! =) Okay, now I really gotta so some work....
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Vincent: "What you mean 'walk the earth'?"
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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)

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Thanks everyone!

Do you guys know what I am doing wrong... why the pics are not embedding in the thread? I am using Flickr... it shows up when I am typing the reply, but not when I post... weird...

Mbo - bad experiences.... not really, Syrians on the whole are very friendly people.

Of course I did meet a bunch of Iraqis who I thought were going to rob and kill me (one had a US Army watch that he told me he took off a dead American soldier) in my hotel in Aleppo... but I later found out they were just fucking with me... they were actually Kurds.

But I still have no idea how he got that Army watch...
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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)

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Maybe you could try to copy and paste the pics instead of copying the link. That works for me on Photobucket!
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Jason, you need to click the imbed photo link without the "option" attached the v=0 thing...

And I think this photo is among the top 10 I have seen anyone from Travel Punk post



Just amazing man! Syria looks cool I just wish the area was safer for Americans to visit right now

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Awesome pics, looks like a great place to visit
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Those pics are amazing...Thanks for sharing them. I would love to visit Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, & Turkey.
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But I still have no idea how he got that Army watch...
Yikes...

Actually my old college roommate is back in Iraq for his second tour and he says its common to give away things to citizens, so thats probably (hopefully) what happened.
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Jason, you need to click the imbed photo link without the "option" attached the v=0 thing...

Just amazing man! Syria looks cool I just wish the area was safer for Americans to visit right now

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AWESOME! Thanks Joe.

Syria IS cool... and in my opinion, totally safe for Americans. (Unless you are some sort of spy or activist).
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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)

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Hey guys check the pics again... I changed the coding and now they are embedded in the thread! yayyyy
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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)

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WOW!! CB those are some of the most amazing pics ive seen! especially the one from the top of the ruins looking down onto the desert and the mountains in the distance. absolutely gorgeous! just exactly how hot was it out there?
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WOW!! CB those are some of the most amazing pics ive seen! especially the one from the top of the ruins looking down onto the desert and the mountains in the distance. absolutely gorgeous! just exactly how hot was it out there?
Thanks man. Yeah, I got lucky with some good shots.

How hot? Actually the temperature itself wasn't that hot... maybe 20-25 degrees.. and it was dry heat... not humidity. But what was dangerous was the sun.... the sun is so powerful in the desert! But Palmyra is about the windiest place on earth... extremely windy
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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)

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You see, in Palmyra there was so little people that I could go on for hours without seeing anyone. I could even do Kung-Fu in the ruins... You have no idea who long I spent trying to get a pic of myself doing a jump kick off a pillar (using the timer function)...
I bet you looked really... cool.
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Wow, nice stuff!

And those fuckers in the State Department keep telling us yanks not to go there... heh.
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