|Dave and Abdul at Apamea.|
But before I write about the food, the places, the people and the history I want to thank the wonderful Abdul Ibrahim. Our driver and informal guide in Syria, Abdul helped translate and bridge the cultural differences.
Because he lived in the U.S. for years, Abdul's English is fluent, he understands a Western sensibility and appreciates what visitors are looking for. His care and warmth opened up the experience for us, he helped us better appreciate and understand the places we visited and the people we met.
I found Abdul through recommendations on the internet and booked him for the days he had available, next time we'll book further in advance so we secure all the dates we need! Without Abdul's encouragement we would have missed Beirut and Baalbeck, both of which were highlights. His input shaped our trip and he gave us guidance and assistance on where to stay and how to best arrange our overall itinerary.
|At Krak de Chevalier.|
|Overlooking Saladin's castle at sunset.|
When the political situation became a little tense he discussed our options with us, organized a car and driver to pick us up and called us constantly to check that everything was alright. The whole experience was like having an amusing, flexible, intelligent and insightful friend in Syria, we can't recommend him highly enough.
|On the road with the Dead Cities around.|
You can contact Abdul by email at email@example.com.
I appreciated the fact that he has prices and details of various day trips on his website at http://syriaroad.blogspot.com/.