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Monday, November 24


It has been 2 years since I stopped writing! I never had it in my mind to stop blogging. On the contrary, there were always things, thoughts and ideas I wanted to share, but I was always busy and there was always the common excuse “no time”. When friends used to ask me ‘why did u stop blogging’ I found it easy to say ‘the Syrian government has banned blogger.com’. After all, we are all human beings, i.e. inclined to blame others!
Now, being away from Syria, having left my parents, my family, my friends, my home, my street, my work, and my memories behind… I come back to my blog, feeling the urge to read some of my previous posts, anything to remind me of my old days and bring back those beautiful memories…
Although I am very happy in my new life which I willingly chose, I always miss everything back home. I miss looking from my window at cars outside, at pedestrians, at children pedaling their bicycles watched over by their Indonesian maids, at students studying German language at Goethe institute, thinking maybe of also leaving Syria to continue their studies abroad and most probably of not coming back again!
I miss Shaa’lan Street and all its mess, traffic and the crowd out there. I miss Salhiya Street and Abu Abdo, the cocktail shop and his famous fruit salad, I miss Aljahez Park and its surroundings, I miss restaurants, coffee shops and Shawrma, I miss old Damascus, and every single stone right there, I miss the strange faces I used to see there, faces of sellers, of beggars and of people that it never happened to see them twice!
I miss the smell of pollution back home, the dirt on streets, the dusty buildings, the big ugly green trash bins full of stray cats and its bad smell. I miss mad taxi drivers and that hidden anger and the question of why I didn’t fight with them?!
I miss all of Syria and its weird, difficult and incomprehensible texture, the mixture of old and new, rich and poor, beautiful and ugly, familiar faces I never saluted at all, but used to give me some sense of security, the feeling of being home…
In Short, I miss the unique spirit of Damascus.
Am I going to return to Syria? No one could tell how soon that will be.


  • I can't believe it. Ghalia is back.

    By Blogger George Ajjan, at 24/11/08 4:44 PM  

  • me too.
    join the club.

    and welcome back. blogging is going to be ur new home!

    isn't it silly to exchange Damacus with an -online one !


    By Blogger أُمنية, at 24/11/08 5:55 PM  

  • Ghalia

    We miss you too.
    Welcome back and please stay this time.

    By Blogger abufares, at 24/11/08 6:10 PM  

  • Ghalia,

    I'm really happy to see you back here. I love that photo.

    Welcome back.

    Front Bumper ;)

    By Blogger Yazan, at 24/11/08 7:05 PM  

  • very nice description.I really miss Damascus too :( specially the Old Damascus..
    You made my tears drop.
    keep it up girl

    By Blogger Mayyoosh, at 24/11/08 7:13 PM  

  • Hi everybody :)

    Thank you all for ur nice encouraging comments!

    It has been really long time!
    I'll do my best to keep blogging, I missed you guys.

    Yazan, keefak? I took this photo when we went together to old Damascus, Remember? That was before u go to Japan :)

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 24/11/08 8:45 PM  

  • I know, I remember it very well sett Ghalia. And thanks again for that lovely tour of Khalid al-Azm's.

    You've been missed a lot here.

    By Blogger Yazan, at 24/11/08 9:08 PM  

  • عودة محمودة ....

    By Anonymous linux juggler, at 4/12/08 9:33 PM  

  • That is awesome article Ghalia!

    However, I noticed that most of expatriates are missing the bad aspects and features of Syria i.e. ugly buildings and rude taxi drivers while they overlooked some of good things like the friendly society and close family support, the peaceful environment and generous people, delicious dishes and a lot of amazing heritage.

    Anyway, I already suffer from homesick, your memories rejuvenate them though.

    Keep it up and good luck in your new life path!

    By Anonymous Abdulkader, at 30/12/08 11:32 AM  

  • Hi Ghalia,
    I checked on you just in time,I used to like what you blogged.Glad you will do some more.
    Sure there's no place like home,now
    you know it for sure.
    I whish you a good summer end and the best in all.

    By Blogger GPV, at 8/8/09 10:32 AM  

  • Hi Ghalia,

    Great blog! My first time commenting.

    I thought the Swiss minaret ban merits attention. Here's a post on my blog:


    By Blogger Firas Azméh, at 11/12/09 8:35 PM  

  • very nice words Ghalosh miss u my lovly friend and hope see you soon.

    By Anonymous Ruba sewar, at 5/7/10 11:11 PM  

  • Hello dear
    what an amazing blog ..very elegant and really liked it
    wonderfully done ..thx for checking mine too ..its really my pleasure hun :)) thx for the nice comment too
    good luck and keep it up

    By Blogger Fidaa Haddad, at 6/3/11 5:55 PM  

  • Amazing Posts...

    By Anonymous alobaghdad, at 16/9/11 7:08 AM  

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