This is the long way to our hostel. It's about ten minutes from the busy road you just saw. Typically taxis would drop us off at Bab Sharqi (the tall white thing in the center of first picture),
and we'd walk down these narrow streets in the Bab Touma neighborhood
which cars and buses would brave at times.
Welcome to The Damascus Hostel! This is probably the most interesting place I've ever stayed in. We met people from Australia, Turkey, the United States, British Columbia, Lattakia, London, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France and Amsterdam.
The other way to our hostel was a bit more exciting. Here Andrew will demonstrate. Starting at the busy road (pic 1),
climb over the fence
ring for the ladder if it's not already down & then climb up here.
Our room was in the tower. That is the window I'd look out of to see the sights on the busy street below. One of my favorite memories was seeing cleaners washing the street with a big water truck around 12:30 or 1 AM. I wish I'd been able to photograph that, but I figured I'd only get a glare from the window.
Later I'll share pictures from within these hostel walls, but now you know how to get into the place.
Pictures from Damascus, Syria