Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Street dance

While wandering around among the backstreets of the Souq al-Hamadiyya, Jeremy and I stumbled upon this gathering. It was great fun to watch - everyone seemed to be having a great time, even as they blocked traffic along the small alleyway, both pedestrian and vehicular. It looked like the groom's wedding party from a distance, but as we grew closer, we could tell that it wasn't quite the same. A bystander confirmed that it was not, in fact, a wedding dance, but he couldn't tell us exactly what it was, either. Upon closer inspection, we could see that it wasn't a groom in the center of the circle, but a water salesman.

So I'm still not sure of the occasion for celebration. Whatever it may have been, it sure was a lot of fun for everyone involved, including us onlookers.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Smells funny

Here's another item hanging up at Kuliat al-Adab, except this one was put there by my husband. He saw this advertisement in a newspaper and cut it out to put on their classroom wall (it may not be there anymore).

Looking at the picture, I still can't believe this is a real advertisement for a real product. I think the fact that stuff like this exists is a small part of the charm Syria holds for me -
where else does stuff like this happen? I don't mean silly English in Japan or instructions translated from Chinese. I mean a cologne, called NOSE, that has a picture of a guy's nose on it, and it's not at all disingenuous.

What's not to love?
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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Guessing game

This French alphabet poster is hanging up in Kuliat al-Adab.

One of these things is not like the others...

Can you guess which one?
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Back in the Arab world

My Adventures in Jordan is up and running. Insha'allah I'll have time to update this blog, too.