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The perfect transition.

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Leaving the Middle East to my next destination wasn’t as easy as a bus ride so it came as a big surprise when everything came off without a hitch. I guess it does liken it a bit to what I was saying about the Middle East and how efficient things are.

Yes, I have been traveling for a while and have a little bit more background in getting from point A to B, but even so, I still took some risks based on the fact that I trusted the system as well as TV being a factor of course. Also, I guess you could say the Gods were smiling on me. Now, this is probably not as exciting as traveling across the Amazon, but when things go the way that you wish them to, it is actually a remarkable outcome. Just imagining how many things could go wrong made it even more special to me.

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Middle East…Done.

Friday, January 4th, 2008

This plaguerized photo is for Mohammed, his family runs the Safwan Hotel where I stayed three different times. Everyday he asked if I was going to see the Saladin Castle and every day I replied “if it is on a tv show that I am watching I’ll see it.”

Some final thoughts before we wrap things up and move on to stage 5.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…. I’m on Vacation.

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. Mom, I'm still okay. I'm running into some Visa issues so I am just going to take my annual ... [Continue reading this entry]

Picking up the soap… A Turkish bath

Monday, December 10th, 2007
Lying face down on the cold tiles, steam clogging the air, arms from four hairy images suddenly grab me and hold me down. A big fat guy waddles ... [Continue reading this entry]

Krak des Chevaliers (Castle of the Knights). Hosn, Syria

Sunday, November 25th, 2007
I stayed in a small Syrian resort town of Hama for about five nights. The claim ... [Continue reading this entry]

Palmyra, Syria: Bride of the desert

Friday, November 23rd, 2007
After Damascus I headed out on a very short and sweet drive across the Syrian desert passing many Iraq turnoffs (pretty tempting). I got dropped just out of town of the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Syria party crashing: I will not be stopped (except for Iran and Iraq- maybe)!!!!!

Monday, November 19th, 2007
I am in!!!! Syria, check. Who loves me, Syria does, that's who. Why do these countries even try ... [Continue reading this entry]