Baalbek, Lebanon

A Different Glimpse Of Lebanon

Derek Lebanon 32 Comments

In between the moments of extreme confusion that I dealt with during my visit to Lebanon, I managed to discover a handful of places that will forever stick out in my mind for one reason or another. And so I wanted to share these places with you so that you have a broader idea of what a traveler may expect …

Beirut, Lebanon

My Struggle To Understand Beirut

Derek Lebanon 64 Comments

Beirut. One minute I want to pack my backpack and immediately leave this baffling city behind and the next minute I want nothing else but to stay here for several weeks more. And so it is no surprise that despite waking up each morning wondering why I am still here, I soon find myself reserving my hotel room for yet …

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Dealing With Website Issues In Damascus

Derek Syria 57 Comments

Damascus, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on the planet. So much to see, so much to explore, yet I did very little during my first couple of days in Damascus. Sure, I wandered around the Old City a couple of times, devoured a large vanilla ice cream cone topped with pistachios and cashews from the famous Bakdash ice …

Syrian Pounds

How Much It Costs To Travel In Syria

Derek Syria, Travel Costs 83 Comments

Now that I’ve been here for just under a month, I have a decent grasp on how much it costs to travel in Syria. And to be honest, this is a country that offers a quality adventure no matter how much money you’re interested in spending. On the budget end of the spectrum, it’s quite possible to travel in Syria …