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Gaziantep, Turkey

September 8, 2011


The taxi across the border from Aleppo went smoothly, I somehow got into the front seat with three guys packed into the back and ended up dropped off on the side of the road late in the evening with little idea of where I should be going.  Two hotels later and I’m in an en-suite […]

Aleppo, Syria

August 19, 2011


My bowel and oral explosions subsiding after what felt like an eternity of half-slept nights, I popped another Imodium to settle myself for the bus to Aleppo.  Elektra had some much-needed sympathy for me and the journey went without a hitch.  We found a cluster of cheap hotels in the centre near a disgusting Sheraton […]

Damascus, Syria

June 22, 2011


A few hours from the centre of Lebanon in a minibus and a short taxi ride later I’m at the Old City wall.  Through Bab Sharqi gate, down a few winding streets and I’m at the hostel.  There was another way to get in which involves a rope ladder up the side of the building […]

Istanbul, Turkey

May 11, 2011


Down into Sultanahmet – where a huge amount of tourists have congregated in the familiar bars and budget hostels.  I head into Bahaus, a cheap-enough place with vacancies, beer, and a breakfast I’d never wake up for.  Rested, showered and fresh to the city, I bump into Eric again outside the place he checked into […]

Budapest, Hungary and onwards

March 3, 2011


A confusing train alight to get to the airport in the early hours, Sami and I said our sad farewells and I took the short flight to Budapest.  One not-so-cheap taxi ride later and I’m greeting Bob, someone I’d not seen in seven years for a week of relaxation and acclimatisation for what’s to be […]

Madrid & Barcelona, Spain

January 3, 2011


My only impressions of Madrid came from Atletico and Real but embarking on the eight-hour bus from Bilbao with Sami, we were soaked in sun as soon as we left the city.  Arriving in the evening to the welcoming Maria, dropping off our bags and heading straight out for sushi – Guillermo (or Willy, as […]

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

November 17, 2010


On a day out from Bilbao, I took the hour-long bus out to Vitoria in an effort to see a little more of the country than just the usual city haunts.  I left from San Mames, didn’t quite know where I should get off – finding that the bus stopped four times in Vitoria itself, […]