Arak عرق is the traditional drink in Syria.~50%-63% Alc. Vol./~100-126 proof
The taste of Arak is very close to the taste of Raki
Arak is a clear beverage that is made from grapes.
The Arak (Araq) is a very strong beverage with more than 40% alcohol so beware !
You can drink the Raki alone but you can also add water or ice and the Arak changes the color to a white or pearl.It served with salad or snacks.
Worth to mention that Aleppo is a multicultural city from Kurds to Armenians to Jews to Assyrians to Turkemans to Russians etc.
in Al Ashrafiya and Sheick maqsod neighborhood is inhabitaed by Kurds.
and in AL aziziya quarter is inhabitated by Armenians.
and They all live in harmony.
Be aware that there no stops for minibus (van) except the main or satrt point,you can stop it by rasing your hand,or giving a sign that you want to stop it and when you are on board you can also ask the driver wherever you want.
No ticket required You pay cash ONLY when you are on board.Bear in mind the front board of the bus is ONLY writen in arabic you need to askdriver or any body on board if it pass through your wanted location They are friendly and wil guide you to your wanted destination,make sure you have local currency to pay.
Be aware that haggling down the price of any thing you buy,The seller,vendor mostly raise the price because the vendor knows very well the buyer will try to haggle it down. It is part of the culture,cloth,taking a taxi,souveniurs,even the hotel price...etc from 20% to 40%.Do your best ;)
Bear in mind that in Syria They speak Arabic.
They have different letters They write and read from right to left,Here are some handy phrases and words (pronounciation) :
Hello : Marhaba
How are you : Ki fak
I am fine : al hamid lil lah
Thanks very much : shokran ktir
you are welcome : Afwan
Money : Masari
far : ba'eed
Near : Areeb
Nice : Hilo ,Jamil
Delicous : Laziz
How much : b'kam
Why : Lesh
Size : Qiyas
Taxi : taxi
Yes : Na'am
No : La
Please : min fadlak
what's your name? :Sho ismak ?
My name is Robin : Ismi Robin
where are you from? : min wen inta ?
I am from Holland: Ana min Hollanda,America,Britania etc
A tip for the waitress or taxidriver?
In Afrin or Aleppo it is up to you to give tips to the waitress in a restaurant (if he/she was friendly and helpfull and the food was good of cours). They need the tips to live since the wage is very little.
In bars and café's some people give a tip, others don't.The servers will appreciate it if you do.
It is common to give the taxidriver a tip. Only if they were nice and friendly, of course!
Never give a tip if someone asks for it.The amount of the tip is not specific you decide how much to tip.:-)
The city of Aleppo is built entirely from stone. Its millennia old tradition of using stone in construction has continued to this day even in the new city. The admirable mastery of carving stone is evident in its intricately decorated buildings, particularly in the old city. Attached are some photos typical of Aleppo's unique and beautiful architecture.
Much like Damascus, the streets of Aleppo are filled with classic cars that are in excellent condition. It is unclear whether these cars are a fashion statement, or whether they are still driven due to poverty. Attached are photos of cars seen in Aleppo.
Around the old city of Aleppo, there are numerous Sahlab vendors. Sahlab is a sweet cinnamon-flavoured thick milk-based hot drink (see photo). It is highly recommended on freezing winter mornings to warm you up!
Many Muslims regard it as a great honour to be buried in the proximity of a saint or a learned man. The graves here are to be seen beside the lonely tomb of the 14th Century holy man, Nebi Houri, at Cyrrhus, in the far north of Syria - as isolated but beautiful a spot as you could imagine.
As you walk through the souk, you will notice many stalls are hung with green and red bunting, or flags are strung across the vaulted roof. This is done to welcome home someone returning from Mecca.
Make sure you ask before taking photos of people. Most don't mind and will let you but some of the women don't like it and it can be very rude. If you do have permission to take a picture and have a digital camera then do show the person the picture - people love to see themselves and are facinated by the photos! If possible you can offer to email them a copy.
Don't be overly worried as a western woman if you soon gather a crowd of young men watching your every move - as long as you are not dressed inappropriately (in which case show some respect) they are just curious and mean no harm
Going to the hammam, or bathhouse, is an old tradition in the area. It is a great experience and you will feel very fresh after a visit.
After you have entered you change in a small hut and after that you go to the hot room to sweat for a while. When it is time to get washed you can do it yourself or you can pay for being washed by the attendant. You can also pay more to have a rub and a massage.
Men and women bath at different hours. I was surprised they let Firas and me in for a look at Yalbogha, but I guess it is OK when it is the men hours (and the etiquette says the cloth around the waist should never be taken away during the bath).
Respect the local customs by covering your arms and legs if you are a woman....you dont have to be totally covered up, but just make sure you are not revealing too much.......that way you blend in better.....otherwise, you may get some unwanted attention.
The Beit Salahieh, is a lovely hotel (converted from a 15th century palace), which has panoramic...more
Try a breakfast in the Sheraton, all you wish to eat and more... And if you love ancient times,...more
Jdayde Area, Alhatab Square, Aleppo, Syria
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