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I Am Now A (part time) Resident of Arwad

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Old August 17th, 2009, 04:17 PM
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I have been super busy for the last couple of weeks with my time being taken up with a benefit gig for torture victims (more about that in another thread), a fruitful excursion to Hanish al-Kabir which is a tiny spot in the Red Sea and spending some time in Tartus and Marfa’ Al-Tahoun which resulted in me buying a little cottage on the isle of Arwad.

Basically I was on the isle doing tourist type stuff with a bureaucrat pal of mine and he introduced me to his cousin who owns a splendid although small cottage on the isle. As it happens his job has necessitated a move to the mainland and I offered to purchase it for the cost of a decent, late model used car which struck me as a bargain. While place does need a bit of work it's basically sound and the needed repairs are within my limited skill set which is good. Since I won't be around much I made arrangements to have young family to look after the place.

I got celebrate the occasion with a nice home cooked meal of fattouch & fatteh which I supplemented with some smoked Virti vėžiai (crawfish) and pasole (pork free naturally) I brought with me packed in dry ice. I was delighted that my contributions to the meal went over well.

After the celebratory meal I got to put my little Furrat champagne narhgile to use Arous El Nile and some DM Sweet Apple which was a delightful way to end a great day.

I also found out that a great little cafe is near by which sells various GTO brands of moassel and tombac as well as coffee. Regrettably they only sell bulk style coals but I suppose I can put up with that a couple of weeks a year.

Only real problem to any of this is that the range of ales one can get in any portion of Syria is tiny at best but you can't have an up without a down. [FONT=Arial][/FONT]
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Old August 17th, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Sounds awesome man, pictures!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 05:05 PM
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Congrats on the purchase! I just googled Arwad and it looks great.
MMM fetteh!
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Old August 20th, 2009, 04:40 PM
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One thing that surprised me was the lack of hassle involved in the transaction since the Syrian bureaucracy is legendary for making simple matters expensive and time consuming. The utilities are all modern and the neighbors all seem very pleasant. All of the hysterical claims you hear about Syrians being frigid towards foreigners or uninterested in matters not domestic is bull. Even though Arwad is very crowded the streets are safe at night and seemingly everyone is civil which is amazing to an Occidental like myself.

What I really love is that I can smoke on my balcony and my neighbors don't scream abuse or feign ******* bronchitis. Lastly coastal Syria has amazingly nice food, great coffee and tea that is second only to Iranian products. I look forward to heading back and making some repairs when I get the time and getting a bit more of a feel for the place. Looks like I'll be forced to learn a little Arabic although undoubtedly no one will be able to figure out what I am saying. Suppose i'll need to buy a boat and figure out how to use it as well.
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some cool history/facts on Arwad...


Sounds and looks like a sweet little getaway.
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sounds nice Hajo, look forward to seeing some pics
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