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Great kasianowak 2019-11-03 5:43

All three photos are really nice. This one for the tiny colourful vehicle by the noria and the sheep in the foreground, the one with big wheels filling the frame and also the three boys with sticks.
It's an irony that norias may have survived because they are no longer being used so were not important enough targets to destroy. Or it may be just a lucky coincident. In any case, they are fascinating example of centuries-old engineering. I, for one, didn't know about them so thank you for sharing.
When I was in Jordan last year, one of the locals shared the news with me: the Syrian border had just opened. A year on, it doesn't look like the situation is improving, if anything, a new threat is emerging. I was looking through my old Wanderlust mags recently and found an article on Damascus, published in 2011... not the best timing and how sad, no one knew there won't be a mention of Syria in terms of travel for a decade and we don't know how much longer and how much will be left for travellers to see. Hopefully norias will survive, but with crippled landscape and people around.

Old 11-03-2019, 02:14 PM
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Default To kasianowak: maybe safe?

Thanks again Kasia,
Contrary to the image of Syria spread in the news now it is quite possible that large parts of the country are now relatively safe. There hasn't been any fighting in Damascus, and not even Aleppo, and certainly not Hama for a few years. Whether tourist visas are possible is a different matter, and I have no idea about the status of hotels or hostels. I know that tourism had started to thrive just before the war. For someone like you it could be a destination, just as safe as Wakhan. Syria has (or had) an incredibly rich cultural heritage.

If a certain member of the site reads this he will go completely nuts because I suggest that parts of Syria could be safe. He hates those who claim that travelling is usually safer than a lot of people think. He also has the deepest contempt for those who prefer to travel on their own instead of going "all inclusive". It's so pathetic.
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