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Saturday, March 21, 1998
Palmyra to Damascus, Syria
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Damascus, Syria:
Latitude: 33° 30' 41" North
Longitude: 36° 17' 55" East
Altitude: 2214 feet
From Seattle: 8332 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Al Rabie Hotel

Today's Travel:
Country: Syria
Regions: The Desert, Damascus
Route: Bus: Palmyra - Damascus
Path:Palmyra - Damascus, Syria
Linear:139 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 345
Linear Dist: 96588
Countries Visited: 28
Regions Visited: 111
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Hotels: 64
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 113
Transit: 32
Beers: 1430

Journal Entry:
Missed the morning bus, the noon bus was full, so I couldn't get on a bus for Damascus until almost two. It was a beautiful day, it would have been great to spend the extra time scrambling around the ruins, unfortunately I didn't have anyplace to leave my pack so I had a long lunch and read..Uneventful ride, actually quite nice, I don't think I'll ever complain about a bus ride again after the Homs - Palmyra ride. Got to Damascus, got to one of the recomended hotels, and got a bed in a shared room. Spent the little remaining hours exploring around the hotel (the Ash Shuhada Square area). Went to the restaurant where I was supposed to meet the girls I had been traveling with but they never showed up. Spent the rest of the evening sitting in the hotel courtyard drinking tea and talking with other travelers. Got some good tips of Lebanon.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Damascus
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Syria
CIA World Fact Book: Syria

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