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Hello to fellow travellers to Petra & Palmyra on 18th Sept!

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 10:21

Our trip isn't very far away now! I wanted to say hello to others who are travelling on 18th September. I am travelling on my own so am feeling a few nerves with my excitment! I am busy trying to pack for the trip...but am having problems finding anyone to sell me some Syrian Pounds....anyone have any suggestions?!

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 13:19

I'm not on your trip but I did it last year - it's a good one!

I think we all found you could not get Syrian pounds outside Syria, so took £ & exchanged it there. You will probably have a bit of spare time the first morning in Damascus to do this,  and this is probably the best time to change at least some.

Have fun!


Wed, 09/08/2010 - 08:49

Hi Kate,

There's another string for this trip so you're not alone... I too am travelling on my own and very excited - have wanted to see Damascus for a long time.  Am only taking sterling so will change money once I get there. 


Wed, 09/08/2010 - 13:16

Thanks Tim & Susanna! Tim, can you remember if you took any anti malaria last year? And Susanna, look forward to meeting you...aparently I am sharing a room with 2 other female travellers, so we might be toghether?!

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 15:44

Yes, Kate, I believe there's been an overbooking in one hotel so three of us are in together - can't remember where though.  I'm not bothering with anti-malarials - will pack Deet and wear long sleeves...  Susanna

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 19:20

No, I didn't take any anti-malaria tablets. My recollection is that I was told it's only really a potential problem in the far north of the country near some lakes which we didn't go near. Probably a good idea to have some general insect repellent, though I don't recall them being a big problem.


Sat, 09/11/2010 - 08:40

Tim, how strenuous is the walk to the High Places - is it possible to give up halfway or does the whole group have to go together?  (I have one slightly suspect knee but would love to give it a go!) Susanna

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