Project statement participants exhibitions funny to know links & interaction contact home

Europe: AL, BY, HR, SL, I, F, SB, H, PL, SK, D, NL, BiH, FYRMC, TR, L, B, RU, BG, GE, AZ
Asia: TR, SY, IR, PK, IN




14. Syria


An opening box

Syria is an opening box, as they say in Turkey. But it is oening since the old president Assad died and his yound, the younger Assad, took the throne. Changes go slow, but probably that is not so bad. Too radical changed have proven to be less good then often predicted upfront. Syria, like Turkey, does not have a great name in the West, particularly concerning intrenational politics and general opinion. Because of the war with Israel, still unsolved since 1968, there has been some kind of a chronical state of emergency in which stasi like spying became the people biggest fear.
We were welcomed most gracious in almost all places we have seen. But I guess that is not what they mean with politics. Most people thanked us for visiting them. It was a true event for them, and often therefor also for us. This cocktail of people, since every country seems the build up out of many different people, seems to be more open as it assumed. Here nobody has VCR video. All have DVD. Even far out in the dessert. Not because of this video stuff but Syria is known in the Arab world as a progrssive country.

During our short visit with triple agenda, we visited Allepo, Damascus and Al Hassaka. In all places we have been hosted by friends of Nuri Iskender, composer whom we have met in Netherlands before. It was amazing to see all people being prepared within 30 minutes in order to get friends, get drinks, get music and have a good time all night long.
We pass the highway near the Lebanese border where we got some sms messages, since we have been disconnected in Syria. Not only the sms messages come from Lebanon. Most modern music, electronics, books, and art come through Lebanon. It is amazing to hear this about a country so much destroyed by war between bigger neighbors. We love to visit but have no time. We need to get back to this place with one agenda and tell you good stories wich are relevant.

See some impresions.

Name : Al Maskana
Objectives : carwash, wait for partner
kilometer : 16772

In relation with 80 questions : get in toch with people

This is Soher SCHuker checking our where is Rob on bicycle, while we re washing the truck. We got invited to eat, slept, got thrown stones at by some kids and lft in the night to sleep in front of the police station.

Name : Allepo
Objectives : Citadel
kilometer : 16656

In relation with 80 questions : brilliant

This citadel is located on the roads of most great concerers of human history. It survived all of them and now is used a cultural venue and tourist attraction. We got there on sunday and in Syria you find influences of all religions; sunday closed.

Name : unknown, near Eufratus
Objectives : get impression
kilometer : 16801

In relation with 80 questions : get impression

There are several of this kind of villages in the dessert between the major cities and the Eufratus, more east. besides this kind of villages there are several nomad tent camps.


Name : Allepo
Objectives : meet the president
kilometer : 16646

relation with 80 Questions : Bashir Assad, the young president, has many pictures in his country. Like his fathers and his brother who got killed at a car accident.
Bashir is moving slowly but persistent towards a new era. This is the biggest picture we have seen one and a half time the height of a lamppost.

Name : Palmyra
Objectives : catch the right exit
kilometer : 17511

In the dessert you can find these piled up stones. Maybe they are used to mark the right exit of the road into the dessert towards on of many nomad camps.
The desseet is like the see. You can look into it for hours, the sand is moving like waves.

Name : Hims
Objectives : take the road to Baghdad
kilometer : 17479

Relation with 80 Questions : we were on our way to Baghdad in order to raise money for children afflicted by war. We do not have the intention to enter Iraq, due to the extreme anarchistic and violent situation.

Name : Damascus
Objectives : Periphery
kilometer : 17453

Relation with 80 Questions : We were leaving town as early as possible after the last night party. This bus driver loved our truck, and we love his bus. In the night the use neon.

Name : Damascus
Objectives : say goodbye
kilometer : 17456

Relation with 80 Questions : Adan and Soher took us all around in the great city of Damascus. Unfortunately only one day. Next time we stay longer. That is a promise. Here you see us with Adan who took us to the edge of town.

Name : AL Qamisli
Objectives : get into Turkey
kilometer : 18194

Relation with 80 Questions : passing this border took a while. It was closed for all traffic untill 09.00 a.m. There are usualy no cars so many papers were new to the custom officers. Here you see pedestrians carrying many kilos of tea.