Garnish and Globalisation.

‘I’ll have a vodka and orange please,’ Mohammad asked the waiter, no one having explained to Syria that vodka mixers are for girls.

The vodka and orange arrived, but appeared to have a solid orange rectangle in it. On inspection this turned out to be a carrot.  Mohammad asked the waiter something, the usual impassioned Arabic followed. Eventually Paul turned to everyone and announced, with the air of a magician whose about to perform a particularly difficult trick, ‘He says its a garnish.’

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My friend Nisreane is a Dutch Muslim. She is making her family’s Eid sacrifice (this is Eid – Afatar, where we celebrate Abrahams willingness to sacrifice Isac, before god revealed a handy ram caught in the bushes) in Syria, as its more cost effective. you can kill a bigger animal, so get more spiritual bang for your buck. They’re getting a fifth of a sheep. I find the idea of making your sacrifice in the most cost effective location really wiered.

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I’m in an internet cafe to arrange caving. On Sunday I’m caving in Lebanon with ALES. They’ve found a couple of caves which look like they might have potential, but haven’t been entered yet. I’m oh so increadably excited, though obviously the is a good chance that their nothing. One appears horizontal, the other vertical. I’m going to stay around and get some more caving in on Monday, as the clubs taking its children underground. I’m going to imagine taking ACC round top.

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Author: adventuresinarabic

I'm studying Arabic in Damascus, living through the Arab Spring and blogging about my experiences hear.

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