Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Where Children Should Play In A City Such As Aleppo?

Where children should play in a city such as Aleppo?
Every year a number up to 8000 people die in accident crashes, and children comprise majority of it. While they don’t have a piece of ground to play on it, they are frequently victims of rushing careless drivers.

I made a comparison of cities' areas, as to inhabitants, to compare spaces allocated to people. These spaces have also strategic meanings, in containing evacuation matters in times of natural disasters (earthquake) or other ones (wars, violence)

Here is a table, which speaks itself:

City Area Population Density inh.
Aleppo 65 km2- 2 200 000- 33 000/km2
Damascus 100 km2- 3 000 000- 30 000/km2
Kiev 800 km2 -2 600 000 -3200/km2
Toronto 630 km2 -2 460 000- 3900/km2
Yerevan 180 km2- 1 200 000- 6600/km2
Moscow 1100 km2- 10 000 000- 9000/km2
London 1500 km2- 10 000 000- 6600/km2

Look at the bottom pictures of some cities, it is visible the density how should it be.
As to Kiev, I think there is a forest in the city :)

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Wadi Al-Nasara وادي النصارى

Wadi Al-Nasara is found on the border with Labanon, around Homs, the area extending to the south coast of Syria.

It contains the famous KraK De Chevaliers, and Der mar Georges, and many other historic sites.

Inhabited mostly by christians, and maybe the naming is because of it, but as in all Syria, people of different religous and ethnic groups are living together. Hence this is very characteristic of Syria.

These pictures are from my latest trip to this region.
See below Safita and Mashta Hlou.
Click on each to see the full pics. They are suitable for wallpapers if you wish to have it because they are in 800x600 px size.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Safita: The Narrow Streets Leading To The Burj Alsafita

Safita (Arabic صا فيتا) is a city in north-western Syria, located to the southeast of Tartous and to the northwest of Krak des Chevaliers. The city has a population of 33,000. It is located on the tops of 3 hills and the valleys in between them, in the coastal mountain ranges of Syria. It was important during the crusades, and was inhabited by the Knights Templar of the castle Chastel Blanc while part of the County of Tripoli.

The city has been inhabited since the times of the Phoenicians, and several archaelogical discoveries have been made, including Phoenician and Canaanite settlements.

This is much like the narrow old streets in Aleppo (Saliba str.) and Damascus (Bab touma str.).

While you are going up, you enjoy the cobblestone way, the beautiful colors of each building.

I Have Just Come Back From Mashta Hlou

Mashta hlou is derived from a Assyrian word (oshti), and means land with many springs, or the other word (mashto) which means fresh spring. And both are true.

Mashta hlou is located in the syrian coast mountainous area, at altitude 700m.

There are important destinations, as Jabal Al-sayyide, Dawwayat cave, Arous spring, and Dalbe tree (the pic).

Now there are many touristic entertaining facilities, even swimming pools, cafes, restaurants, games, and many other things.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Vartavar, Symbol Of Transfiguration

Vartavar, symbol of Transfiguration

Vartavar (Vardavar as to eastern Armenian spelling) is an Armenian pre-Christian era celebration. The organizer of the early Christian era in Armenia, S. Grigor Illuminator, turned this celebration into the symbol of transfiguration of Jesus Christ.

It was dedicated to the beauty goddess Asdghik, to whom roses were given as gifts. This celebration was related also to the worship of water, fertility and health sponsoring imaginary powers. These festivities took place mainly at water-springs in mountainous areas, where these were considered sacred places.

The ritual of water-worshipping had the intent of asking rains, and preventing the possible drought. Also, Vartavar was the first of festivities for harvest, denoting the reverence to gods, sponsoring the good and generous crops. Then at Christian era, people donated some of crops to churches, to pray at and ensure protection from bad consequences such as grasshopper attack, or hail, also they embroidered doors and houses with trees' leaves and stalks with flowers. People celebrated the festivities with outdoor dances, chants, and WATER SPLASHING to each other.


Vartavar today

Now Armenians worldwide celebrate this event as people splash water onto each other in the streets, buildings, fields, and everywhere.

We in Aleppo, on Sunday 3 July, together with our non-Armenian neighbours are playing water-splash in this hot summer day. It is really fun. Try to cool yourselves by water plays, and please don�t be harsh if you expect not to be watered, but a child comes to splash you.

Syrian bloggers, come to Aleppo to celebrate this!

Conversation Between George Bush And Condi

This is an imaginary conversation between George Bush and Condolezza
Rice (his secretary). Note the misunderstanding between them....
Playwright Jim Sherman wrote this after Hu Jintao was named chief of
the Communist Party in China.

By James Sherman

(We take you now to the Oval Office.)

George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?
Condi: Sir, I have the report here about the new leader of China.
George: Great. Lay it on me.
Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.
George: That's what I want to know.
Condi: That's what I'm telling you.
George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of China?
Condi: Yes.
George: I mean the fellow's name.
Condi: Hu.
George: The guy in China.
Condi: Hu.
George: The new leader of China.
Condi: Hu.
George: The Chinaman!
Condi: Hu is leading China.
George: Now whaddya' asking me for?
Condi: I'm telling you Hu is leading China.
George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?
Condi: That's the man's name.
George: That's who's name?
Condi: Yes.
George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader
of China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the
Middle >East.
Condi: That's correct.
George: Then who is in China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir is in China?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Then who is?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of
China. >Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. on the phone.
Condi: Kofi?
George: No, thanks.
Condi: You want Kofi?
George: No.
Condi: You don't want Kofi.
George: No. But now that you mentio n it, I could use a glass of
milk. And then get me the U.N.
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.
Condi: Kofi?
George: Milk! Will you please make the call?
Condi: And call who?
George: Who is the guy at the U.N?
Condi: Hu is the guy in China.
George: Will you stay out of China?!
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the
Condi: Kofi.
George: All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.
(Condi picks up the phone.)
Condi: Rice, here.
George: Rice? Good idea. And a couple of egg rolls, too. Maybe we
should >send some to the guy in China. And the Middle East. Can you
get Chinese food >in the Middle East?