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Damascus

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Our impression of Damascus may be a bit jaded by the heat and circumstance.

We stayed at a campsite 4km out of town for 3 nights. The campsite was torn down, so we stayed in a much less fancy campsite under construction down the road. More to the point, it was 3 nights 4km outside of the capital city, while (according to Lonely Planet) a hostel would have been the same price or cheaper than the campsite.

The taxi from the campsite was easy, to get back we had to bring the address and flag down about 10 cabbies before finding one that would take us there for somewhere close to the price the guide said was normal, and even then the taxi drivers needed to ask directions.

The first night we tried to get a hostel in town, and after deciding on one we were told that we couldn't book without a passport (our passports were in the truck). So I got a cheap haircut, we walked around a while, bought a backpack so I can wear that instead of the purse, looked for a place to eat for half an hour before giving up, and took a taxi back to camp.

Not too much in the city itself, the mosque is pretty cool (and carries the remains of John the Baptist) and the souq (shopping district) is big.

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Posted by chrisvasil 07:30 Archived in Syria Tagged backpacking

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now you come to one of my want-to-be-there lists.

by Stephen

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