We just love chilling out in Syria. It’s dirt cheap, the girls are hot, and the people are friendly. It’s one of those few places where you just feel at home… but it’s been a while since we had the opportunity to go. Here’s some stuff from last year.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus and his mates used to joke around and chat up girls in Arameic. Today, only 15.000 people speak this language, spread over three villages in the Syrian mountains.
It was getting dark and awfully cold as our bus was climbing the steep mountains that would take us to Maaloula, the last christian village where they speak the language of Jesus. Five thousand people live here, but it’s only the elder generation that knows how to speak this language.
We had spent our last money on the bus ride, and were need of shelter for the night, so we hoped to find some friendly faces in this tiny village. Syria is a bit like that. If there is people, there is shelter.
But, to our surprise, as we arrived, the streets were full of people! The DJ was playing music outside the church, and everybody was dancing and getting wasted.
Occasion? The birthday of the cross… not Jesus, but the cross where he was crucified. You know…
So we joined the party, got wasted, and checked into one of the many caves carved out in the mountainside.
The irony? As this language is dying in Maaloula, Jesus will probably have to find himself a Muslim interpretor from one of the two other villages when he returns. LOL.
We have visited Syria many times over the past few years, and are completely in love with this beautiful country. Here are some pictures.