Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Abiding for an Apartment

Finally, after a week attempting to register our lease of an apartment in Aleppo, which included visits to no less than 25 different offices, where generally a slightly overweight middle aged man would look frowningly at pieces of paper that supposedly had our information on them, nod, and indicate where we had to go next, we are almost completely registered in the Syrian system as residing here.  However, barring (hopefully) a few more formalities, I am now legally renting an apartment in the middle of the Old City in Aleppo, whose roof just happens to provide the best view of the city I have seen.  So, in lieu of verbosity, I give you PICTURES!

To the west, the New City, with the minarets of the largest mosque in Syria

The main minaret of the Umayyad Mosque

To the east, the rest of the Old City, with the Citadel on the right and the minaret of the Umayyad Mosque on the left
The New City during sunset
The citadel by day

And by night

The citadel with a mosque to the right

To those of you who have bothered to scroll down this far, I will mention that last night I went to a soccer game between Aleppo's Ittihad team and some team from Thailand.  Ittihad won, which means they're going to the finals of the AFC cup.  Basically Asia's soccer tournament for developing nations.  It was sweet and I think the U.S. should immediately realize how awesome soccer games are.


  1. those pictures are gorgeous. I'm uber jealous but don't let that stop you. The updates are awesome and I hope you're having a blast. Oh and I totally agree about the US...some people just don't get it. Miss you.

  2. Ditto everything that Ruby said. I miss you very much-- take care and keep up the updating so that I can live vicariously through you until employment finds me.

    Yours Truly,

  3. very awesome Karl. thanks for sharing and don't worry Ruth, I'm sure someday you will visit there as well or someplace just as nice like Spain?? love terri & dad

  4. Truly beautiful pictures, Karl. AND, I've very much enjoy your story telling!! :-) Waiting for the next installment. Do you have a mingling with the locals story? A food story? A mis-spoken Arabic story? Talk to you very soon! Mabrouk, habibi!! xoxoXO mom