Artist of Life
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ottawa, Canada aka O-town
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Cairo Hotel in Hama, Syria
A private room in this "hotel" was, I think around 400 SYP, which works it self out to $8. The room had a TV, fridge, fan and air conditioning unit.
Can't say I met too many people here, although it is a backpacker fav, according to lonely planet.
It's about 4 floors, and you can sleep on the roof for 100 SYP ($2), they have a spacious roof and I ended up hanging with a guy who did that - but you must be prepared to be woken up early in the morning by the call to prayer from nearby mosques.
You'll need to take a cab from the bus station, that shouldn't exceed 25 SYP ($0.50)
Cairo hotel also organizes "tours" to nearby ancient castles and other sites for a fee. A "tour" is a private driver who takes you someplace, and waits until you're all done, then drives you home. Since I was one of the few backpackers during low season, I paid the whole cost myself, which was 1500 SYP ($30) for a private driver to Krek des Chavaliers, which was totally worth it. You have to people the cost is cut in half, and so forth.
All in all, good experience, it is centrally located, within a 5-10 walk to everything you really need including the giant water wheels.
Hama doesn't have too much to do anyway, since the government seige and following Hama massacre in the 1980s destroyed much of its old city and historical sites.
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."