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THE SYRIAN SERIES

LEBANON, SYRIA

The Syrian Series reflection post. So currently on my way back from Syria and it was without doubt everything I had expected and more. The original plan was to visit here back in 2019 but with other issues and COVID it was delayed almost 3 years.

I HAD MY EYES OPEN DURING THIS TRIP

I had heard so much about this country that I just had to put it at the top of my list so as soon as visas were being approved, I was booking a flight and making my way out of here.

WHERE IS SYRIA?

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THE HISTORY

The history here is like nothing I have ever heard, even the recent history puts our own to shame and with more castles than the entire series of Game of Thrones you won’t be running out of things to see. Krak des Chevaliers was a great starting point but that was only bettered by Saladins castle just beside Latakia, neither of which should be missed.

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THE DEVASTATION

We only get a hint of what happened here during the war so it’s heart breaking to see it all first hand. For our drive to Aleppo, it’s much more than you could ever imagine and the destruction is much more than what meets the eye. With every town that has been decimated means 100s of 1,000s of people have been displaced.

TRIP STATS….

  • DAYS – 10
  • COUNTRIES – 2
  • NEW COUNTRIES – 1
  • REVISITS – 1
  • FLIGHTS – 4
  • STEPS – 133,100
  • MILES TRAVELLED – 7,440.5 mi

ALEPPO

Aleppo was a highlight in the way I got to chat with several locals. This was key to my trip as I wanted to get many different sides of the story while I was here. This showed me the absolute generosity of the Syrian people considering what they have been put through, none more so than little Rama.

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PALMYRA & DAMASCUS

Further evidence of the war was obvious in Palmyra where one of the historic roman temples was blown us, leaving just the entrance door. I almost feel this region of the world has too much history creating too many issues on too many fronts. And with its geography, Syria has been treated like a battlefield by many with little disregard to the lives that have been lost.

Damascus was the final city before going onto Beirut and you could see it had been sheltered during the war. With the Bazaars in full flow life appears to be very vibrant here. However the issues in Syria, like my own home are far from over.

RATINGS….

  • PEOPLE – 8/10, generous
  • BACKPACKING – 5/10
  • WEATHER – 7/10, almost shorts weather in December, colder in Damascus.
  • THINGS TO DO – 7/10, plenty of ruins, castles and things to learn.
  • FOOD – 7/10, Syrians love their food
  • VALUE –  8/10
  • PHOTOGRAPHY – 8/10
  • HISTORY – 9/10, mind blowing
  • SAFETY – 7.5/10, no issues but security remains tight.

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SUMMED UP….

  • HIGHLIGHT – Chatting with the locals in Aleppo.
  • LOWLIGHT – Seeing the extent of the devastation. The drive to Beirut.
  • MVP – Jed & Age
  • LVP – The return Lebanon driver.
  • RATING – 8/10

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FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s a little sad leaving the place but I can certainly say I have had one big learning experience in more ways that one. First the country is full of good people, I chatting with many even only for a short time. It also has history like I have never heard before. But lastly the war was much worse and more complicated than could be explained. There is an incredible amount of unfinished business and people still remain divided.

NEXT UP

The 2021 reflection post, click here to read.

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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This post was part of The Syrian Series. For episode 1 click here or to see the entire series click here.

To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.

Question Time

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  • Or maybe you have been?
  • What do you like about it?

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