Damascus

Inscription mentioning Apollodorus from Damascus; originally in the Umayyad Mosque, now in the Archaeological Museum

Inscription mentioning Apollodorus from Damascus; originally in the Umayyad Mosque, now in the Archaeological Museum

It’s a problem any blogger encounters: sometimes, you have no time to write, and will disappoint those who make a habit of checking your blog. I do not believe there are many who visit this website on a daily base (only my mum and dad, probably), but for those who are interested in the reason of my recent silence: I am now in Damascus, Syria, and even if I had the time to improve my website and write about that, I could not possibly post it. I am pretty busy and can not often visit an internet cafe.

Over the past two weeks, I have been travelling about 4,000 km and I have made photos of nearly forty sites. In due time, they will be put online (although the Arab calligraphy part is a bit off-topic). I expect to remain here for another two weeks, finishing a book on the Near Eastern (Babylonian, Arabic) legacy to Ancient Medieval Europe. It’s called Vergeten erfenis (‘forgotten legacy‘) and that’s indeed a cliche – anyone who knows a better title is invited to write me. In spite of the title, I like to write the book, although I fear that in the present climate in Dutch politics, where Islam-bashing is common, nobody is waiting for it.

And for those who are worried that I am working too hard: I take sufficient time to relax. I just finished drinking a good coffee and will now be going for a stroll through the Damascene markets, enjoying the noise and the smell of oriental herbs.

4 Responses to Damascus

  1. rpearse says:

    Well, I read it most days!

    I’d like to hear more about your trip. A diurnal of where and when and what and why would be of use to other potential travellers, and indeed — as such things tend to be — of long term value when times have changed and only scholars remember the Assad family. Even hotel experiences have their value.

    Do post more. I’d like to go to Syria myself and see Damascus and Palmyra etc.

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  3. jpvdgiessen says:

    Fijn om te horen dat alles goed gaat.

  4. Bill Thayer says:

    I check too; nice surprise hearing from you Jona, and yes, dat alles goed gaat.

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