A fish out of water

On my parent’s recent visit, my father and mother visited the university where my sister works. As my dad was going for a walk around campus, a foreign teacher walked up to him and said “You look like a fish out of water.” It was one of the great quotes of their visit. I thought … Continue reading

Syria Travel Advisory

For my final post about the Syria trip, I just wanted to say a quick word about safety and advise. I don’t know where it comes from in my psyche; It may come from just the fact that Syria and America have had a rocky relationship, it may be from something more concrete that I’ve … Continue reading

Details from the Syria trip

All in all, the trip to Syria was a total success. I highly recommend it to any one living in Turkey (Turks and foreigners). It’s so close geographically and so far away culturally. I love the idea that you can virtually pass from one world to another, simply by crossing a border. This group of … Continue reading

St Simeon’s Church

The first stop on our trip into Syria was at the church of St Simeon. I took a Christian history course my freshman year at the university and the only thing I remember about early Christian history was the story of St Simeon. I didn’t remember his name, I just remember hearing that he’d lived … Continue reading

St Simeon’s Church

The first stop on our trip into Syria was at the church of St Simeon. I took a Christian history course my freshman year at the university and the only thing I remember about early Christian history was the story of St Simeon. I didn’t remember his name, I just remember hearing that he’d lived … Continue reading

Syrian Suprises

We had a wonderful visit to Aleppo, Syria last weekend. We spent 2 day visiting historical sites, wandering the markets, visiting my wife’s relatives, and experiencing a culture foreign to all of us. Syria was not what I expected. I’ll write more details over the coming days about other things that surprised or intrigued me … Continue reading

Off to Syria for the weekend

We’re headed to Aleppo for the weekend (Halep on the sign). Look for a roundup of the trip next week.

Facts about Syria

My wife, sister, some family and some friends are planning a weekend trip to the north Syrian city of Halep or Aleppo. I didn’t know much about Syria, so I started doing some poking around to find facts about the country. I’ve shared some facts below. I was wondering if you (any of my readers) … Continue reading