After Iran I spent a few days in Turkey in the cities of Van & Gaziantep – both great cities and a must see if you head to Turkey. But, Aleppo is awesome.
Yesterday I left Gaziantep and crossed into Syria near a town called Kilis. Was reasonably easy and only took a few hours. From the centre of Gaziantep I took a dolmus to the otogar, then another dolmus to Kilis and then a taxi from Kilis to cross the border. Exiting Turkey took a few minutes.
To get into Syria I paid $30 (paid in euro & lira) to get a 15 day single entry visa for Syria – the immigration people were friendly but not friendly enough to give me the double entry 1 month visa I was after (plan is to go to Jordan then cross back into Syria and then to Lebanon).
My taxi mate dropped me at the nearest town and put me into a van to get to Aleppo. Less than an hour later I was at the bus station on the outskirts of this wicked city. £60SYP (about €1) and 10 minutes later I was in downtown Aleppo!
What a beautiful city!
I couldn’t get into the highly recommended Tourst Hotel but directly opposite I found a cool placed called the Spring Flower Hostel – got my own tiny room with a shower & toilet for £450SYP (€8) Syrian.
I think I could walk around this city forever.
Today I woke up around 8am and went for a walk around the old city & the souqs, tried to get into the citadel (not open on Tuesdays), and then saw a gigantic mosque in the distance so decided to go check it out.
The mosque ended up being a good score because I was quickly befriended by Milar who’s Dad and colleagues were working on the construction of this Mosque – due to finish within a year. The guys on the construction site were great and let me walk all over it and get some photos of them.
Stupidly on friday afternoon I upgraded my iPhone 16GB to iPhone software to version 2.0.
Halfway through the upgrade my friend Salvo said “hey isn’t that going to brick your phone?”. I had forgotten that my iPhone was indeed jailbroken/hacked and this was going to mean an end to a very beautiful relationship, but one I would be able to restore and downgrade.
Well how wrong I was! The phone won’t downgrade, instead just shows a cool image of a cable plugging into iTunes. Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
or in other words, don’t install the latest software updates as soon as they are available.
Yesterday an update for Mac OSX, version 10.4.10, was released.
We had just installed a new MacPro dual Quad 3.0gHz machine with the AJA Kona LHe card in it here at Finito. It was working fine in 10.4.9 except I was getting the odd machine hang when doing simple things like quiting apps like QuickTime player and iTunes. I thought installing the 10.4.10 update might fix things up. So I downloaded it and those few problems seemed to go away. But…
THE VTR DECK CONTROL NO LONGER WORKED! Which is a bit of a problem when you are trying to conform a commercial!
I am a retard!
(*no offence meant towards mentally challenged people)