Damascus, Syria

This Post Is For My Friends In Syria

Derek Perspectives, Syria 61 Comments

Last night I was sitting here in my room in Bucharest at 12.45am. I was exhausted from not being able to sleep the night before due to a severe headache. But despite the exhaustion, despite the headache, I turned on my laptop. I really wanted to try and reply to a few of the emails in my inbox, emails that …

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The Most Important Word In The World

Derek Interesting People, Syria 63 Comments

This article has been written as part of the “Most Important Word in the World” series, a collaborative project to inspire people to step outside their comfort zones and find adventure and friendship. Other contributors to the series are: 1 Year Sabbatical, Nomadtopia, the Dropout Diaries, Disrupting the Rabblement, Beyond Norms, Do Something Cool and A World of Inspiration. Finally, …

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Airports & Flights: Damascus to Chiang Mai

Derek Syria, Thailand, Transportation 11 Comments

This is a new idea that came to me while flying from Syria to Thailand a few months ago upon completing my recent set of rewarding Middle East travels. Given that I’ve been spending so much time flying all over the planet as of late (25 flights in the past 5 months), I decided to start sharing summaries of my …

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Bus Trip from Homs to Palmyra, Syria

Exhausted But Not Ready To Sleep

Derek Perspectives, Syria 38 Comments

As I stumbled onto the bus, all I could think about was finding my seat and passing out. I had reached that point of exhaustion where my brain was able to do little more than perform it’s most basic functions and and even an attempt to speak resulted in a jumbled collection of incomprehensible caveman sounds. The time was only …

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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 …

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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 …

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Clocktower in Aleppo, Syria

Join Me For A Tour Of Aleppo, Syria

Derek Syria 52 Comments

Let’s take a tour together, a tour of Aleppo, this city in northern Syria that proved to be a most difficult place to leave. The goal of this tour is to help any of you who might be traveling to Aleppo in the future gain a better understanding of what to expect and, for those who probably won’t be visiting …

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Hassem in Aleppo, Syria

A US Citizen In The ‘Axis Of Evil’

Derek Syria 56 Comments

After the phrase “Welcome to Syria”, the second most common phrase that I’ve heard from Syrians is, surprisingly… “I love America.” I’ve been told this on a daily basis over here. In fact, about thirty minutes ago I was getting some photocopies made of my passport from a cigarette vendor/photocopier operating out of a small stall on the side of …

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View of Syria

The Highlights Of Northern Syria

Derek Syria 50 Comments

A few days ago, I took a tour. Actually, it wasn’t really a tour. Four other travelers and I split the cost of a minivan and driver to take us to what we were told were three of the most impressive sights in northern Syria. What the hotel manager who organized the minivan failed to inform us (and what all …

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Turkey/Syria border crossing

Welcome To Syria My Friend!

Derek Syria 90 Comments

There have been a few brilliantly memorable times in my life when I’ve been walking down some random street in some random town of some random country and suddenly I find that there’s a little extra kick in my step. The hairs on my arms stand on end and a tingling sensation runs up my spine and quickly spreads throughout …

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