Re: Old fashioned packaging
It's funny when you go to these places and the locals are always like "are you lost?" and you tell them you want to smoke they always say something like "no cigarettes here, go to the cafe down the way". They just can't seem to grasp the idea that Europeans like narghiles. When you tell it's popular in the states and Europa they always think i'm kidding and when I tell them about the more more popular shisha in the U.S. they've never heard of it but once you get to talking with them they are always talking about how the local stuff is better then shisha from Saudi Arabia, Egypt or what ever.
Anyway, Tartus is a great town and the Syrian coast is pretty nice if you don't mind all the modern stuff and tourists.