Squat toilets in a ghost town
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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Anyways as we made our way through the Syrian countryside we kept seeing lots of 12 year old kids dressed smartly hanging out in packs. And wielding BB guns. You couldn't go more than 100 metres without seeing a kid with a BB gun
We continued on to our destination for the night: Hama. A few more stops along the way for people to run off into the Syrian countryside and do their thing. Mostly amusing for me. Hama was the same as Aleppo yesterday. A lot of shops closed down for the holiday and most of the locals have cleared off. They have been replaced by little pikey kids from neighbouring villages. Just groups of 12-15 yr old boys all running around with BB guns. I even got plunked a few times on the arm as did a few others from our group. Little bastards!
Not much going on here tonight, we took a quick walk around the town to see the waterwheels Hama is famous for but none of them were running, also because of the holiday. Luckily, tomorrow is the last day of the holiday so things should get back to normal in Syria
I did pop out of the hotel quickly for the night to take a walk around and the town had actually become quite lively, so it was nice walking around and checking out the nightlife. I also found a pretty tasty falafel wrap.
In the morning we headed straight to Crac des Chevaliers. It is a very well preserved crusader castle and I spent 2 hours checking it out and finding all the dungeons and high viewpoints. There was a moat there as well between the outer wall and inner wall of the castle. This was clearly designed to keep the black knight at bay. After conquering the highest point of the castle, it was time to hit the road again. Back onto the bus and then a 3 hour straight-shot east to Palmyra.