UA-125420510-1 Stories – Qisetna: Talking Syria
June 28, 2018
River Euphrates at Dura Europos

Postcards from the Euphrates

The Euphrates is stunning here: wide, dotted with tree covered islands and in the late afternoon sun it was a beguiling mixture of blues and greens.
January 19, 2018
Ruin of building of black and white stone

The City of Black Stones

My city is Homs, or as we Homsians call it: the city of black stones.
January 19, 2018
Interior of coffee shop

Coffee Shops

I miss the old coffee shops in Damascus, where time stopped hundreds of years ago. I miss the smell and the sound of bubbling water coming out of shishas, the laughters of tawleh players, the shouts and curses of card players.
January 19, 2018
Person walks through an arch in an Aleppo street

A Stroll in Aleppo

While visiting Aleppo in the summer of 2010, I invited my American-born husband to stroll through its streets, starting from our old house in Azizieh, a neighbourhood near the citadel.
January 19, 2018
Ummayad Mosque and lamps by night

The Haunting

I have dreamed of Damascus, once a week or so, for the past nine years. Endlessly, my mind has returned to the country where my body may no longer go.
January 19, 2018
Mega Arsheed performing a song

Swedish Idol

I wish I could see those people that snickered at my dreams. I could tell them how unreasonable dreams do sometimes come true.
January 19, 2018
Roman ruins of Syrian city of Apamea

The Coin Seller

“I have some ancient Byzantine and Roman coins. Want to take a look? I’ll give you a great price.”
January 19, 2018
Hikers walk down a path in a wood

Frans’ Hike

Al Maseer is a group activity, a hike, in which people from all backgrounds, religions and beliefs come together. It takes place every year, and it would be led by Father Frans.
May 6, 2017
Apricots on the tree

Frozen Lemonade

“I’ll pay.” “No, I’ll pay.” “Last time you paid.” “So! I’ll pay this time too.” “Come on, Alaa, get ready to go to the shops."
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