‘Come to Syria. Leave Your Preconceptions at Home.’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.17.08 | 10:30 AM ET

image“Damascus is a city of which we—or certainly I—have barely a notion, so obscured is it by ignorance and Syria’s unwholesome image,” Tim Jepson writes at the beginning of this essay from the Telegraph. By the end of the story, though, Jepson discovers the many pleasures of the Syrian capital—and convinces me of them, too.

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Photo by James Gordon via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for ‘Come to Syria. Leave Your Preconceptions at Home.’

Adriana Tira 09.17.08 | 10:20 PM ET

I spent a month in the Syrian city of Aleppo ,the second largest city in Syria .It was wounderfull, peacefull and prosperity evident on the people there.Nice food and rich shops ,no evidence of militry regim or intolerace for forigners, mosque near the church and muslim with fellow christian leav together in harmony and freindship,
It was a rediculos question when I asked someone his religion
What we are hearig here in Europe is totaly false and I think we are subject to the worst kind of information here in Europe especially when it comes to the Arab world

Fran Quinta 10.19.08 | 11:44 AM ET

Great place for those too stupid to realise they are being tracked 7/24 by security services.

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