Monthly Archives: September 2009

In Lebanon

After a four hour wait at the Syrian-Lebanese border, we are now in Tripoli in transit to Beirut which is our final destination before heading back to Cambodia.
These photos were taken at the border where after being bored for the first two hours, a young Lebanese girl decided that I was the focus of all her attention and played with me for a good hour thereafter before her parents decided that I was getting a bit tired from all the attention.

my lebanese play buddy at the border

my lebanese play buddy at the border

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Aleppo

In Aleppo for our last couple of days in Syria. We have decided that it would be best to stay in one country for two weeks next time. You miss too many things. That and we are sick of unpacking and packing for two days at a time considering how full our bag are!
Anyhoo, some photos from the past few days.

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Hama rules

I should probably expand that to Hama and its residents rule.
So far, the people of Syria have been the most amazing part of the trip. I know it sounds like a cliche as I see people write this all the time but tonight was an eye opener.
My toenails are in a serious state of disrepair and I went searching for some clippers. Found one but I only had 15 pounds and they were 25. Immediately, a young kid no older than 18 bought them and said “welcome” when I smiled and thanked him. Then he walked off.
Anyhoo, a couple of photos of the dining experiences here. Both completely different but both completely amazing.

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Street life in Damascus

Spent alot of time walking through the Old City of Damascus yesterday, munching away at falafel and chicken shwarmas and getting blown away at the sights and sounds.
It is currently Eid, which is the celebration after Ramadan so the streets and markets are packed with people, mainly kids.
Anyhoo, some photos.

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Updates from the past 5 days

Sorry about the wait for the update but was in a spot with no internet. Kinda a wierd thing to say whilst in the UK but all the same. So I will be counting back from the 14th.
September 14th
In Sherbonne Abbey.

Swine flu has hit the holy communion

Swine flu has hit the holy communion

September 15th
A village 2 hours outside Sherbonne.

Typical red phonebooth

Typical red phonebooth

September 16th
Clotted cream tea.

clotted cream tea

clotted cream tea

September 17th
On the way to Brighton, we stopped off at a cider farm to pick up a gallon of cider (only 8 pounds!)

Barrels of cider

Barrels of cider

cider farm

cider farm

September 18
Grafitti in Brighton.

Graffitti in Brighton

Graffitti in Brighton

A tribute to James Brown in Brighton

A tribute to James Brown in Brighton

Hip Hop chess pieces

Hip Hop chess pieces

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Brick Lane

Went to Brick Lane to check out their market. Alot more local as Camden seemed a bit too touristy for my tastes.

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Random weaponry lying around

Whilst walking to a friends house to meet up for some dinner, we ran across an old World War II flack gun. A bit random but a nice opportunity to see how the Ricoh works for long exposure shots.

World War II flak gun

World War II flak gun

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Bunhill fields cemetary

After having a great Vietnamese lunch in Bank, we got to walk around a nonconformist graveyard at Bunhill Fields.
From what I have read about the nonconformists, they were people who were tried for treason for talking out of turn against the church and state.
The headstone on the left is the grave of Thomas Roswell. Check out this wiki here.

Headstone of Thomas Rosewell at the nonconformist cemetary in Bunhill

Headstone of Thomas Rosewell at the nonconformist cemetary in Bunhill

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Touristy stuff

One thing that I haven’t really done so far is blazed the tourist trail. We had a bit of time before lunch so got to check out the Tate Modern and walked around Parliament Square.

Millenium bridge at the Tate Modern

Millenium bridge at the Tate Modern

parliament square

parliament square

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Bradys in Brixton

Went to Brixton yesterday to watch District 9. Along with buying some great caribbean spices, I also got to take a snap of Bradys, a famous club where the Clash used to regularly play and where Kate Bush had her first gig. Sadly, it’s not in use anymore but am glad to see it still standing.

bradys in brixton

bradys in brixton

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