Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 49

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/cache.php on line 36

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/cache.php on line 403

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 553

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/classes.php on line 674

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/query.php on line 15

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/theme.php on line 505

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-content/plugins/filosofo-comments-preview/filosofo-comments-preview.php on line 410
Melantrys’ Page » Blog Archive » Trip to Damascus - Prologue

Trip to Damascus - Prologue


Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

I can’t say that Syria was ever on top of the list of countries that I wished to visit. We had our own “democratic republic” just around the corner in the still rather recent past, no need to visit a similar country far away and support the regime through tourism.
But what I did wish to do was to combine this year’s holiday with meeting Caesar of Pentra and that turned out to be a surprisingly difficult task.
Non-Arab countries were out of the question for a meeting (we had briefly considered going to Turkey) as there are two different types of Iraqi passports and he had the sucky one…
Jordan was out of the question because Jordan doesn’t allow Iraqis in who have entered Syria at a certain border checkpoint. Guess at which one Caesar had entered Syria…
The silly little man (*remembers her threat to keep calling him that until he changes his silly profile text on his blog to something better*) suggested going to Beirut, but I strongly disagreed with that notion.
What did this leave us with?
Iran? Strange that he didn’t suggest that. ;)
Iraq? No comment.
So - as we say - if the prophet doesn’t come to the mountain, the mountain has to come to the prophet.

That decision made, the next complication arose. A cashier colleague of mine was suffering from cateracts. Has been for years already, naturally.
One day she came to work and went up to the office, all hush-hush. When she returned she announced that there would be a lock-down on holidays.
I was like, “What, when, why?”
“From the 13th on.”
“Which month??!”
“June. I set dates for a laser operation on my cateracts. I’ll be off sick for five weeks or so.”
*stare of disbelief*
*innocent wide-eyed look of shock* “Oh! Was that when you were going on holiday?
“Yes.”
Of course it was. And she knew. It wasn’t as if I had been talking about much else those days…
“Did you already book?”
No. How lucky for all of us…. bitch…
She then went on to claim that she had had no say about the dates and had to be thankful that she got any anyway. “And to be honest my eyes are more important to me than your holiday.” (Well, rather the latter than the former I’d say… No, I swear I am not being spiteful. If you knew the woman in question you’d agree with me.)

The boss confirmed that sickness came before vacation, but had been under the impression that she had been clueless about her operations clashing with my holiday dates. Hah!
Soooooooo… I was informed to either scratch my vacation or move it. If I moved it to an earlier date he felt he could do without the both of us for one week but absolutely not for longer.

I conferred with Caesar about this new complication. As moving the holiday to a later date would have meant moving it to late August, he said I’d have to come earlier then.
Which didn’t make things any easier of course, as I had to rush preparations now. Unlike Jordan Syria does not issue visas at the airport/border. Au contraire, if you dare enter without one, they put you on the next flight back home.

So I hastily filled out their rather long and nosy application form, answered the question if I had ever been to occupied Palestine in the apparently required negative, and confirmed with my signature that I had no plans of seeking work in Syria either with or without payment. I also duely noted that any visa in my passport from an Israeli border crossing would render a Syrian visa null and void.
Well, as you all know, I got my visa, and I’ve never been to Israel or any part of Palestine in the past.

So I went to the travel agency and booked my flight and some insurances (including a lost luggage one…) and got special commendations for being one of the rare few persons who fly to countries with strict entry requirements and find out beforehand what I need to get to be let in and get it. The lady I talked with said it wasn’t uncommon for people to wander into their agency and try to book a flight to Syria for next week without having a visa or - in some cases - even a passport….

Meanwhile Caesar arranged for some lodgings for me.

Finally my holiday could start!

(All about me leaving the country (sort of) over at one of my sister’s numerous blogs.
Unfortunately the photos died with the un-nerdy blog move of my sis to the nasty Kitten blog, plus the bit of text around the pics is so far down the page under all the other old posts, so I’ll refrain from including the new url here.
Melantrys, September 8th, 2009)

19 Responses to “Trip to Damascus - Prologue”

  1. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    They don’t let anyone in if they have ever been to Israel? :roll: And people think we’re paranoid!

    Sounds like this vacation took more work. But I’m sure it was worth it! :)

    Btw, I bought “Guards, Guards” today. ;)

  2. David Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    But, your vacation lasted three weeks. How did you get away with that?!

    My understanding of cataract surgery involves far less that five weeks to recover. Wondering if the cataracted woman just wanted a long vacation?

    Good for you getting all your paper work in order! :)

  3. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Okay, so where did the Kid disappear to? Any clue?

  4. Mafdet Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    @ David: She wanted a long vacation AND a chance to spoil Mel’s holiday. - If you knew her, you’d agree.

  5. David Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Hi Mafdet, this woman sounds like a real spoil sport!

    This comment page needs more action! Anarki is talking about navels again, so he’s getting all the hits. ;)

  6. Mafdet Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    She is. She really is.

    - This comment page needs more action? O.k.:

    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAMMITY, SPAM-DI-DAM…

  7. Mafdet Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAMMITY, SPAM-DI-DAM…
    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAMMITY, SPAM-DI-DAM…

  8. Mafdet Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAMMITY, SPAM-DI-DAM…

  9. Mafdet Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    WordPress just told me: “You are commenting too quickly. Slow down.”

    What?

    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAMMITY, SPAM-DI-DAM…

  10. David Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Mafdet, have you been drinking coke beer? ;)

  11. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    I think she’s went into hiding… :time-out:

  12. Melantrys Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Mwahahahahahahahahahahaha…

  13. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    :rofl:

    :alien:

  14. chikitita Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Looks like pre-invasion Iraq.

  15. Caesar of Pentra Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Drop my full load later!

  16. Caesar of Pentra Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    Please, write your full post soon!

  17. 13 Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    “drop my full load later! “????

    D00D that sounds very close to a certain “hobby” of yours.
    ease up on the pr0n. talk normal.

    Melly:
    come on come on give us the deeeetails!

    oh and i think you got your idiom backwards, i’ve heard it as:

    “if the mountain doesn’t come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will go to the mountain”

    funnily enough, regarding the subject matter, i believe i’m yet to read it in Arabic! all references were English.. hmm.. anyone know why?
    it is NOT offensive or anything at all, in fact, it is flattering. so…. any thoughts?

  18. Mafdet Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    @David: Naah, that’s my normal state of mind while at work.

    @Mel: Spammity, spammity, SPAM. So there! ;)

  19. モンブラン ボールペン Says:

    Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/w0081e40/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 75

    こんにちはこのためにサブスクライブするホームページ Melantrys’ Page » Blog Archive » Trip to Damascus - Prologue 取得 最新アップデートを、ので助ける|支援|私ゆえ}ここで、それは助けて{くださいませんことができます。
    モンブラン ボールペン http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B01AESYVHA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452580735&sr=8-1&keywords=モンブラン ボールペン

Leave a Reply