Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Syrian Pyramids

Did you know about the little Pyramids in Syria?
Dead Cities, Idlib, Syria
Dead Cities, Idlib, Syria

The Dead Cities or Forgotten Cities are a group of 700 abandoned settlements in northwest Syria between Aleppo and Idlib. Around 40 villages grouped in eight archaeological parks situated in north-western Syria provide an insight into rural life in Late Antiquity and during the Byzantine period. Most villages which date from the 1st to 7th centuries, became abandoned between the 8th and 10th centuries. The settlements feature the well-preserved architectural remains of dwellings, pagan temples, churches, cisterns, bathhouses etc. Important dead cities include the Church of Saint Simeon Stylites, Serjilla and al Bara.

The Dead Cities are situated in an elevated area of limestone known as Limestone Massif. These ancient settlements cover an area 20–40 km (12–25 mi) wide and some 140 km (87 mi) long.[1] The Massif includes three groups of highlands: the first is the northern group of Mount Simeon and Mount Kurd; the second middle group is the group of Harim Mountains; the third southern group is the group of Zawiya Mountain.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

World Citizen

Have you ever heard about the World Passport?

World Passport
World Passport
The World Passport is a document issued by the World Service Authority, a non-profit organization founded by Garry Davis in 1954, citing Article 13, Section 2, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"Article 13 of the Human Rights
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."

Don't we all dream about having such passport?
Wouldn't be amazing if you had no obligation to obtain a visa to enter any country you wish? Apparently those who are in control doesn't like it all all.

If you look up the World Passport in the Wikipedia here is what you find:
"The World Passport is similar in appearance to a national passport or other travel document. Indeed, the appearance is so close that in 1974 a criminal case was lodged against Garry Davis in France regarding his issuance of World Passports. In 1979, the World Passport was a 42-page document, with a dark blue cover, and text in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Esperanto. It contained a five-page section for medical history and a six-page section for listing organisational affiliation. The fee charged at that time was $32 and postage for a three-year passport with the possibility of two years' extension of validity."

Friday, July 12, 2013

Couchsurfing | The Golden Age

Couchsurfing Logo

Ever since I came back from the Camping Trip in Palmyra which was my first Couchsurfingexperience, I have decided to involve more in CS. I have created a few sub-groups like "Damascus & Emergency Couch Requests" and worked on my profile more and tried to add useful information to the group of each city, Syria group and also to my profile to help travelers who are planning to visit the country in general.

Damascus - The Capital, the oldest city alive.
Aleppo - A large souk and ancient citadel with great views. 
Hama - Waterwheels on the Orontes River. 
Homs - An ancient city, Crac des Chevaliers, Amazing Green Mountains in Spring.
Latakia - A major port city, Saladin's Castle, Fronloq Forests and Al Samra Beah. 
Tartus - a historical port city and historical small island called Arwad.

We have started a chain of Weekly and Bi-Weekly "CS Damascus Meetings". During my participation in CS Syria I have created/attended more than 20 meetings, met awesome people (locals and travelers), shared so many stories with them as much as we shared delicious traditional food at Ziad's, tea & shisha in the old city, fruit juice at Abo Abdo, Damascene sweets at Nabil & Ice cream at Bakdash the Damascene way.