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Friday, March 13, 1998
Antakya, Turkey to Aleppo, Syria
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Aleppo, Syria:
Latitude: 36° 12' 26" North
Longitude: 37° 9' 2" East
Altitude: 1561 feet
From Seattle: 8182 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Alrauda

Today's Travel:
Countries: Turkey, Syria
Regions: Antalya, Halab
Route: Bus: Antakya - Aleppo
Path:Antakya, Turkey - Aleppo, Syria
Linear:55 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 337
Linear Dist: 96185
Countries Visited: 28
Regions Visited: 108
More stats...
Hotels: 56
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 113
Transit: 32
Beers: 1420

Journal Entry:
Met up with the girls. Tried to see the mosaic museum but it was closed. We're off to Syria. Caught a bus which was supposed to take 3 hours. After spending an hour at the border checkpoint we were in. The bus ended up taking four and a half hours. Then we had to find a hotel - the girls are a bit fussier than I am. Jeanne and I waited at the first hotel we tried while Rachel and Laura went off looking for a better alternative. More than an hour later the came back and led us to another dive, although this one didn't smell quite as bad.

Had diner at a fallafel place where the owner wouldn't let us pay. Walked around downtown. Not the cleanest place, but very friendly, lively, and it felt safe. Ended up back at the fallafel place for another fallafel (total diner cost US$.30). Went and found a liquor store (yes they exist), bought some beer and went back to the hotel room. So far Syria is very nice.

Related Sites:
ArabNet: Syria, Tour Guide, Aleppo
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Syria
CIA World Fact Book: Syria

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