Syrian Stories

Posted on February 4, 2009

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picture of spice store

Last January, I had the opportunity of visiting Syria in the midst of winter. Winter in Syria is not as frigid or unpredictable as the European winter, with a fairly steady average of around 10 C during the day. I’ve always enjoyed cooler climes so it was the perfect temperament for me. A must-see in Damascus, the capital and biggest city, is the Old Souk, which still manages to retain the atmosphere of the medieval Arab city.

Syria’s answer to the monolithic, predictable mass of modern shopping malls found in the industrialized world is its winding souks, snaking through discreet laneways and little nooks and corners. At the Spice Souk in Damascus’ Old City, shops display the myriad spices in bulk, contained in metal tins embossed with intricate detail.
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