First we'll start with this photo from my house. Notice the two marbles beside the cross. The first day we were in Damascus - Friday, January 30 - we saw a group of neighborhood children playing and one of them handed me those marbles and said "souvenir!" We had brought bags of individually-wrapped candy to share with people we met so we gave some to these enthusiastic and welcoming kids.
Later we were walking from St. Paul's Chapel and heard these kids greeting us, "Helloooo, welcome!" as they looked out from the top of the wall.
Here are some of our hostel neighborhood children one evening as we returned. They enjoyed seeing their pictures on our digital camera.
Here is one young man who lived next door to the hostel .. or maybe he was just visiting someone. But he gave us a friendly smile.
Pictures from Damascus, Syria