syria sight

Trip to Syria pt 2 – Sightseeing!

My photoblog is ready but just needs a little brushing up, therefore I thought it best not to postpone this post here and I would be posting some other photos on my photoblog once it is read (should be done in these two days – I just need to edit the header now that my hair has grown back :D )

Alright, anyway, on to the important stuff. I stayed in Syria for 5 days only. I spent the morning and the late nights with granny, and the rest of the day I was out with my best friend, his fiance and all of the rest of the gang… well, not all of them since most of them were out of town. I will post on my best friend later as part 3 of this trip.

I went one day to Safita, my village. I called up Abu Fares and said hi, but apologized for not being able to make it to Tartous which is incredibly close to Safita (and on a clear sky is visible from the Safatly mountains). The other Kinan was also there, and he SMSed me that it was raining. At that time I was under the rain taking photos on my way out of the village. I was only going to Safita for 3/4th of a day and I had to spend it seeing my family there. I saw dad’s side of the family (mom’s side is in Damascus). They were all nice and jolly as usual, which is what I like about brief trips. Staying there for prolonged periods inevitably surfaces many pending family issues, so it was a great idea just to make a brief visit and enjoy the moment.

My grandpa’s health has improved. He has been suffering with some issues in his hands, which made him very sad because it made him stop his job, what he likes doing best – his blacksmith business. Yup, my grandpa is a blacksmith! He has been hitting with the hammer since he was a kid. He’s a pretty strong man ;) Funnily, at the age of 90, he still didn’t stop smoking. He has been smoking for 80 years, he makes and wraps his own cigs. I told him several times to stop smoking but there is little you can do to convince a 90 year old to stop an 80 year old habit.

Back in Damascus, I spent half a day at the Ancient City itself, which was a bit sad because I had little time to take photos and enjoy the place (I usually spend most of my summer holidays there). I didn’t even go inside the Umayyad Mosque to take photos. In fact I didn’t take any proper photos of places, because I didn’t bring my tripod with me and because most of the landscapes I wanted to shoot were now occupied by the military (and my dad is paranoid so I didn’t take a risk).

  • Wassim

    Sounds like you had a great time

  • Wassim

    Sounds like you had a great time

  • 7aki Fadi

    Nice!

  • 7aki Fadi

    Nice!

  • Hamza

    wait..bathroom is outside the house?

    screw that.

  • Hamza

    wait..bathroom is outside the house?screw that.

  • Ms Loala

    The shots you made are extraordinary.

  • Ms Loala

    The shots you made are extraordinary.

  • Ghasheema

    I really really liked the pics :)

    I love old alleies…they remind me of bab al7ara :D

    I agree with you that family visits are much better when they are brief….I experienced the opposite myself :/

    “I wanted to shoot were now occupied by the military (and my dad is paranoid so I didn’t take a risk).” LOL…listen to ur daddy man….if u didnt.. u might not have see the light of another day ;P

  • Ghasheema

    I really really liked the pics :)I love old alleies…they remind me of bab al7ara :DI agree with you that family visits are much better when they are brief….I experienced the opposite myself :/”I wanted to shoot were now occupied by the military (and my dad is paranoid so I didn’t take a risk).” LOL…listen to ur daddy man….if u didnt.. u might not have see the light of another day ;P

  • asoom

    Ok so I commented on my favorite pics on your last post, sorry I didn’t realize I was cheating, but you could have acknowledged the actual comments ;)

    I’m curious is “grandma’s” house the same as “grandpa’s” house? It’s not…..right? My dad grew up in a ‘house’ where the bathroom was outside, ma feeha toilet sa7?

    I don’t why but I still think pic#1 is really funny which probably wasn’t the intended image, those halfway hanging pipes can knock some people if they fall off!

  • asoom

    Ok so I commented on my favorite pics on your last post, sorry I didn’t realize I was cheating, but you could have acknowledged the actual comments ;)I’m curious is “grandma’s” house the same as “grandpa’s” house? It’s not…..right? My dad grew up in a ‘house’ where the bathroom was outside, ma feeha toilet sa7?I don’t why but I still think pic#1 is really funny which probably wasn’t the intended image, those halfway hanging pipes can knock some people if they fall off!

  • asoom

    Ok I’m retarded, so now that I’ve zoomed in on pic#1, it seems that those actually are not “hanging” pipes ready to knock someone out, it looks like they’re actually designed diagnal to meet the different levels of the residences across the alley……interesting

  • asoom

    Ok I’m retarded, so now that I’ve zoomed in on pic#1, it seems that those actually are not “hanging” pipes ready to knock someone out, it looks like they’re actually designed diagnal to meet the different levels of the residences across the alley……interesting

  • KJ

    Wassim – hiya there! Yes indeed, I did :)

    7aki – :D

    Hamza – yes it is kinda hard to have the bathroom inside… the house is just one room (like your dorms) and it is built from mud in the 1930s so you gotta cut my grandpa some slack :P

    Loala – thank you :) Glad you enjoyed them

    Ghasheema – LoooL @ bab el 7ara hahahah… well I got some photos of the Arabic houses kaman ;) Yes I did listen to dad… I couldn’t risk it, not in Syria LooL

    Asma – No worries… I didn’t reply properly cuz I had to go. Anyway, they aren’t hanging pipes, they are support beams to keep the two sides from collapsing on each other. Remember this is all mud.

  • KJ

    Wassim – hiya there! Yes indeed, I did :)7aki – :DHamza – yes it is kinda hard to have the bathroom inside… the house is just one room (like your dorms) and it is built from mud in the 1930s so you gotta cut my grandpa some slack :PLoala – thank you :) Glad you enjoyed themGhasheema – LoooL @ bab el 7ara hahahah… well I got some photos of the Arabic houses kaman ;) Yes I did listen to dad… I couldn’t risk it, not in Syria LooLAsma – No worries… I didn’t reply properly cuz I had to go. Anyway, they aren’t hanging pipes, they are support beams to keep the two sides from collapsing on each other. Remember this is all mud.

  • abufares

    Too bad we couldn’t meet.
    Hopefully next time :-)

  • abufares

    Too bad we couldn’t meet.Hopefully next time :-)

  • KJ

    Abu Fares – I am really sorry man bas wallah I was pressured with time.. inshalla next time I would have a longer holiday and I would do what I want without a rush :) So start making the shankleesh men halla2!

  • KJ

    Abu Fares – I am really sorry man bas wallah I was pressured with time.. inshalla next time I would have a longer holiday and I would do what I want without a rush :) So start making the shankleesh men halla2!

  • Elijah

    Beautiful, I loved those trees

  • Elijah

    Beautiful, I loved those trees

  • KJ

    Elijah – hehehe glad you did :) they love you too :P

  • KJ

    Elijah – hehehe glad you did :) they love you too :P

  • Omernos

    I have to say my favourite of all photos would be the one with the view of your house in Damascus. it’s just UNREAL! beautiful.

    The other photographs are great as well, I liked the 1930′s mudhouse and ooh your photo with Teita! :D

  • Omernos

    I have to say my favourite of all photos would be the one with the view of your house in Damascus. it’s just UNREAL! beautiful.The other photographs are great as well, I liked the 1930′s mudhouse and ooh your photo with Teita! :D

  • KJ

    Omernos – thanks bro, you’re an awesome dude

  • KJ

    Omernos – thanks bro, you’re an awesome dude

  • ammaro.com

    not much more i can say than “wow”

    amazing wala.

  • ammaro.com

    not much more i can say than “wow” amazing wala.

  • Noura

    Very nice.. Can’t wait to go home too :)

  • Noura

    Very nice.. Can’t wait to go home too :)

  • KJ

    ammaro – thanks dude… come visit us sometime :)

    Noura – hey there :) I know how you are feeling… inshalla you will go home soon *hug*

  • KJ

    ammaro – thanks dude… come visit us sometime :)Noura – hey there :) I know how you are feeling… inshalla you will go home soon *hug*