More from Syria / Damascus

These two videos are from my archive. They are 7 years old. They might not be the best. However, I was very happy to find them and I’m sharing with you – I haven’t done much editing here…

Rabwah

Qasioun Mountain

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29 thoughts on “More from Syria / Damascus

  1. Marina Aagaard

    Thank very you for sharing. In spite of less than optimal technical quality, videos here (and in general) are really great to watch, they present views of places you would never see yourself and with so much detail and life in them.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you very much, Marina, for your kind words. Yet I work in media field, I’m not pro in editing videos. With all technology – I’ll write about soon, editing is supposed to be easier. However, those videos are old by old camera. Glad you liked them…

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  2. williamrablan

    Thanks for the share. Brought back a few memories of my Great Grandmother. Part of my heritage comes from that area, and up to the day she died, she still dressed like the women seen in the video.
    There are days I still kick myself that I didn’t sit down with her and a tape recorder and get her story. Much of that piece of family history has been buried or lost in what I can only call a unwillingness of the family acknowledge it happened or family fiction.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you William for your kind words. I contacted you by email – hope you have received my mail. The woman in the car is my mom… Yes, people in this area (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine) are very alike… I also understand what you’re talking about. I lost a lot of opportunities to be with some dear people that now it’s impossible to compensate it! My greetings to you and your family

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Dear Cindy, first of all, English isn’t my native language so I apologize in case I wasn’t able to express it well. I meant that the videos were recorded 7 years ago. Please accept my apology. Anyway, because of the war, many things/places have totally changed in Syria in the last 7 years. We still have a hope things will be ok soon.

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      1. updownflight

        Oh, I’m sorry I misunderstood. So you know, I deep down was hoping to catch a glimpse of a little boy version of Mohamad Al Karbi 🙂

        Videos and pictures are so dear. It is amazing how some places can change in short periods, for various reasons, and others not.

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      2. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

        Yes, pictures and videos hold memories. But, some times, it’s very painful to remember the memories. This is life.

        Hehehe… I can assure that (as I’ve heard from many) that Mohamad (me) was more cute when he was 7 years old. See:

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      3. updownflight

        Were you attempting to include a photo? I saw the word “See:” at the bottom of your comment. If not, I’ll calm my hopes. Anyway, your current photo shows a most pleasant-looking man. One that I believe most all people would enjoy meeting face-to-face.

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      4. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

        Wow… I’m blushing now! A beautiful lady is telling me this… I won’t be able to sleep tonight! 😀
        Thank you very much for your kind words, Cindy. They mean a lot to me.

        Yes, I attached a picture to my last reply. I believe you can only see it through the website not through WordPress notification area or WP mobile. Anyway, here is the link to the picture in case you’re not able to see it above: https://mohamadkarbi.com/1999/12/31/me/

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  3. mainepaperpusher

    Great videos Mohamad. The first one had such lovely gardens and trees. Rabwah is part of Damascus? I saw a sign for Aleppo and my map tells me that’s the other end of the country. I had fun looking at the map and realizing that Syria has a bit of coastline on the Mediterranean and when I saw some of the cities it made me so sad. These are the places we see that have been bombed and ravaged by war. These videos must have been taken before the start of the civil war. What a history your country has! Century upon century of history. Another fun observation…my state of Maine has many town names from all over the world. There is a town very near named Palmyra. I had no idea it was of Syrian origin!

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      Thank you Linda for your kind words. They are always as lovely as you. Rabwah is part of Damascus (the Capital of Syria). Aleppo is another state of Syria. The Aleppo sign was inside Damascus. We have a strange habit in our streets that inside one state/city, you find a direction’s sign to other states/states. So, if you want to drive to there, just follow those signs!
      Theoretically, I believe all Mediterranean countries are a like (Syria, Italy, Greece, …)
      Those videos were taped few months before the war. However, thanks God, not all places in Syria were severely affected. Damascus – as approved by most historians – is the most ancient (oldest) city in the world. And, it’s very interesting to know this about Maine. A day after day, I love Maine more and more… It has Linda there 🙂

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      1. mainepaperpusher

        You are so kind, Mohamad. Damascus is lovely and those mountains in the background are so unlike ours. Ours are covered in trees. I was reading that the area is an oasis and I never thought of it that way.

        Since Damascus is so old, there must be some extraordinary art there. I’ll have to investigate some more, but I would love your thoughts on this. I fear that some of the ancient architecture and statuary must have been affected by the war. That is a crime in and of itself.❤️

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      2. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

        Thank you, Linda. The mountain in behind is Qasioun. You can see most of Damascus from the top. Green is more inside Damascus itself not on its mountain.

        The art in Syria are many and amazing. From creation of the writing (Ugarit) to Phoenicians/Canaanites & Palmyra and silk old trade road… Not to mention Christian & Islamic art… All, unfortunately, were affected by the war.

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    1. Mohamad Al Karbi Post author

      It’s very beautiful, Smitha. The ones in the videos are there in most parts but, unfortunately, the war destroyed a lot of other beautiful places in Syria. Hope things will be ok and I’ll invite you all there 😀

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