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Syria's historic sites rival those of its Middle Eastern neighbours; it also lays claim to the oldest continuously occupied city (Damascus vies for the title with Aleppo), the spunkiest Crusader castle (Crac des Chevaliers) and the best preserved Roman theatre (in Bosra). Admittedly, Syria is still on the US State Department's list of countries sponsoring terrorism, but don't let that deter you. The government may not be among the world's most benevolent, but the Syrian people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, as anyone who's been there will agree.

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While I was observing children marking lambs, their grandfather has approached me and invited me into his house for a cup of tasty arabic coffee. He put proudly on a display all his coffee pots and insisted that I had to take the picture of him and his wife when he is pouring the coffee into a cup. Later on I was offered to overnight there. That was a great end of my visit of syrian bedouins enclave. Hope they are safe and will survive the ongoing civil war without any harm.
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Boy right after he managed to catch lamb in order to put coloured dye on it.: by jiridvorak, Views[153]
Coming from four seasons area one might wonder what these animals can feed on on the field that has been harvested like this one and reminds scorched Earth. Well, some creatures are more creative than the others in finding ways how to fill up their stomach. And that´s the fascinating and inspiring thing about places like this - the ability of adaptation in order to survive in harsh, but beautiful environment - making use of everything. : by jiridvorak, Views[230]
All members of bedouin families are taking part in everyday work. Boys are usually taking care of flocks of sheep and goats.: by jiridvorak, Views[240]
I went on a day trip from the city of Hama lying in fertile Orontes valley towards east to the edge of Syrian desert, where is thriving bedouin community in succession of small settlements, one of which is called Sarouj. Right after I got out of bus in first village I was greeted by the tractor driver and his jovial colleagues, who had appareantly so much fun with themselves. That was a great introduction into this place.
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An adventure in the past

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By travelcarpet | Views [28] | Scholarship Entry

In 2010 just before the start of what I personally call “uprising”, and I won’t go into the dilemma of naming it so let’s just say before the start of the current situation, a friend of mine and me went there for a trip of ten days, and had one of unexpected ... Read more >

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Trip Therapy

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By mooraha | Views [24] | Scholarship Entry

At this winter evening I found myself in a house of some Syrian family. Communication between hosts and me was purely non-verbal. Our body language was sufficient to sense their seemingly friendly attitude towards me, but it was absolutely not enough ... Read more >

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the following will always be the most beautiful

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By opheliac | Views [24] | Scholarship Entry

Quiet night by the smell of winter. sits beside the fireplace was I , with my coffee-colored skin that black woman from Palmyra, and rain knocking on my window .. I drank my coffee and I firmly luggage because early in the morning we will embark on a ... Read more >

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Night in Damascus

Thu, 15 May 2014 | By davidmaram | Views [31] | Scholarship Entry

I'll never forget the day that I'm back Damascus from Amman, after 4 days of work over there. Although the healthy problems that I've got from the pressure in the plane, I couldn't back home without hanging out in its streets, turning around its squares.... Read more >

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Back to Syria

Wed, 14 May 2014 | By nebrasdalloul | Views [33] | Scholarship Entry

The previous month, on December 1, I arrived at Damascus international airport and my first impression was that the revolution is far from achieving its goal, the removal of Bashar Assad from power. The day after I arrived, I headed to Salamiyeh whhich ... Read more >

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The Most Ancient Capital That Held My Heart

Sun, 11 May 2014 | By maral | Views [36] | Scholarship Entry

Through the window of that cramped white cab I stared at the too plain, too identical scenery, a dull horizon separating blue from brown, we were crossing the borders of Jordan to Syria. My great aunt, endlessly investigating the backgrounds of the other ... Read more >

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Fri, 9 May 2014 | By bero | Views [33] | Scholarship Entry

I'll never forget the day i got on the train to go to a rock concert in Damascus with my friends. I was in my first year in college. The trip was for four hours, it felt like ten minutes! I spent it talking to "Leen" my best friend picturing how it would ... Read more >

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the war in my home

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 | By love-in-war | Views [39] | Scholarship Entry

I loved her more than my self it was my all hope my girlfriend ^tala^ i lost her in this war with bomb that killed her .. i am trying to relive my deadheart by love life and help people cuz she used to do this so whatever u answer i would like to thank ... Read more >

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Learn New Skills - for the scholarship

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 | By ala-hmedy91 | Views [129] | Video | Scholarship Entry

love photography painting and media began that I was 5 years ago, when caught the first image and entered behind the image and then faded away this feeling, but I came back in the 18years old and began photographing all the details that could not be ... Read more >

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Photos: My Scholarship entry - A day in the realm of bedouins

Thu, 4 Jul 2013 | By jiridvorak | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

I always had soul of an artist. After I finished studies of tourism, history of art and cultural anthropology I bought camera, started to travel and than in my life all pieces of puzzle suddenly fitted together. I fell in love with photography. Travelling ... Read more >
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Tags: arabic, bedouins, beehive house, coffee, desert, goat, hospitality, middle east, sheep, syria

A 'place' I have visited

Wed, 3 Jul 2013 | By karimsakr | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Engineer in food industries, I belong to those who want to know everything! From Dakar to Beirut and through Paris, I've lived and accustomed to many cultures. I’m a 25 year old Lebanese who belongs to the world! If I were given the choice, I would have ... Read more >
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A Local Encounter that Changed my Perspective - Real Life

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 | By wonderwander | Views [511] | Scholarship Entry

Panting, we weave through the barrels of olive soap and bruised pistachios, trying to keep an eye on Ziad’s massive head of hair as he bobs in and out of the tiny shops in the souk. His pace is unrelenting until he finally turns down an alley and ducks ... Read more >

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Understanding a Culture through Food - The Inventor

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 | By leylandcecco | Views [146] | Scholarship Entry

"I'm an inventor," he told me. His hairy fingers gripped fresh green almonds. Bits of salt spotted the green like the grey spotted his black hair. "What have you invented?" "A water pipe that you don't smoke. You use cough syrup." A better answer couldn't ... Read more >

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Sharing Stories - A Glimpse into Another's Life - I never thought we were so alike

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 | By rolojuggalo | Views [171] | Scholarship Entry

I arrived in Syria as a child, but I left with the view of an adult. I remember arriving in a dusty tiny plane,I thought we were goana die. When we finally got out of the air port we were greeted by a crowed of family. I came from the south so I was familiar ... Read more >

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Understanding a Culture through Food - Food Alchemist

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 | By tofeeq | Views [176] | Scholarship Entry

Correct.. I did never thought about the food we make in Syria until I travelled outside! Since one is born, everyday, at morning, noon, night, and who knows when more, he eats and eats. Food habits become nothing more than cultural rituals. I never thought ... Read more >

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