Donnerstag, 23. April 2009

In the far north-east of Syria near Hassake on an archeological excavation

on the way

restored parts on the Tell, parts of one temple

Aaron working

The excavation I visited is in the far northeast of Syria, close to Hassake, in a place called Tell Beydar. There are Syrians, Germans, Italians and people from Belgium digging since about 20 years already. They work on a settlement that has been inhabited since 2,450BC, trying to excavate specially from this period because they found scripts in one of the excavated buildings and try to get as much knowledge about this period now as possible – although there are also younger layers from e.g. the Hellenistic time. I spent two days there – and belive me, the people working there have a rather comfortable life in a wonderful excavation house built in the traditionell Syrian mud brik style, they get really good food and a lot of alcohol. When I arrived in the late afternoon Aaron, the friend of mine who works there, suddenly stopped guiding me around and said that we have to leave the Tell quickly and get back to the house to not miss the cocktail-time… And they even got Kaviar (only Iranian, but who cares) and Syrian truffel. So life seems not too bad although very remote. But two days were perfect for me, especially because the boss of my friend took some time off to guide me through the whole excavation, explaining everything they did and do now and answering to all my questions. I never had such a good guide before!
In Aleppo

sunset at the citadell

a french guy from the hostel and me were asked from these girls to take a picture with them

street in Aleppo

in the market

the old market

In Deir ez-Zor (eastern Syria)
the Eufrate


in Quneitra near the Golan Heights

near the Syrian border to the from Israel occupied Golan Heights

Who has the nicer smile??

Still in Palmyra

pure kitsch

in the oasis at Palmyra

a Beduine-girl

Palmyra (Syria),
after Damascus I went there with Tomaso for one day

Mittwoch, 22. April 2009

Some more impressions of Damascus

How many cats are in the picture?

in the city centre of Damascus

near my hotel

Rana, my Syrian friend from 2 1/2 years ago, and her son (who remembered me from 2 1/2 years ago, even that I had longer hair - incredible!)