strong coffee in syria

syria boyRita Fargiorgio knows that part of the fun when travelling is taking time out over a cup of coffee..

“I just had to stop, in the middle of the street, near a market in Damascus in Syria, where a young boy and his grandfather had an espresso machine! I asked how much and pointed to the money and he showed me so I said “yes please.” The strong espresso had a nice head of crema.

We chatted enthusiastically though neither of us spoke each other’s language. Through hand gestures, smiles and lots of nods we agreed that Damascus, the coffee and Sydney were all lovely. I paid and gave them a nice tip and a “salaam ‘alaykum” for an experience and warmth I never expected!”

* photo by Ayeleen Ajanee – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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