Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Today is my last day in Damascus

I don't exactly wish to leave. I know I will be coming back In Sha Allah.

The UN is about to release their findings on the investigation of Hariri's death on Oct 25. One of the Syrian cabinet members and former head of intel in Lebanon who was interrogated by the UN committed suicide this morning.

Thursday, October 06, 2005



I just returned from a lovely day excursion to Bosra. I will upload the pictures soon.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Hey kids,

It was not my intention to be silent last week but between downloading pics from the trip, a power surge, dealing with software issues at the local i-net cafe and instant messaging some of you, I did not get around to write anything here.

I will give you the update about the trip to Palmyra in another post.

I just wanted to say hello...

Also, today is the first day of Ramandan. It should be interesting, I have yet to ecounter someone who is enthusiastically looking forward to it.

Friday, September 30, 2005


Originally uploaded by pensativa.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Monday, September 19, 2005

No luck at registration today but I've started private lessons.
I am bummed because I was only one day too late for registration.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Confessions of a Germophobe

Today should have been the first day of classes but I am still trying to get everything I need for registration i.e. an AIDS test performed at the center for desease control. I swear I will never bitch about the NHS again. I shouldn't have freaked out, every student has to go through the motions, but if you guys think IMSS or the reception hall of University College Hospital in London are dodgy, eeks this place is not even finished! There is no no reception hall, no take a number and wait, you just pop in to one of the two offices/labs at the entrance tell them what you are there for and voila!
This means you get to involuntarily watch as other people get their blood drawn, there are a bunch of people coming and going, they keep the samples (all of them) on a table next to the desk, you get the picture. I had quite an emotional reaction to being there. I know everything will be ok, every student does it -Edouard told me about it yesterday- but I am still hyperventilating from the experience.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

I noticed the comments section was not appearing on the main page and in the process of fixing that little problem I messed up the links section. So I am a bit tired of staring at the computer and want to leave.
The old city had to wait until today, after getting lost I arrived at the Souq al-Hamidiyya (the main bazar) to find everything closed because it was Friday, the main holiday in Syria. I was actually a bit relieved because I was tired from the trip and I also have a cold, which is getting worse due to the bad quality of air. Is not that the city is dirty, it is just very dusty and there was a very strong scent of petroleum in the air yesterday.
I spent the evening back at my hotel reviewing for my admission test and channel surfing between what I imagine to be the Syrian version of MTV and Al-jezzera, Tara you will be thrilled to learn "Gilmore girls" was on last night.

Today, I finally met up with Edouard (LSE David's friend) and he helped me find a place where to stay for the rest of the month. House hunting only took about 20 minutes and rent will be 7000 Syrian pounds. That's roughly 140 dollars or 70 pounds!!! I will move in tomorrow after going to Uni. Wish me luck.