Friday, August 29, 2008

Light Therapy
It's been a week since that horribly long journey from Aleppo to Istanbul and Belgium. More than 24 hours awake and on the way to get home again and now it seems as if i've never been away. It's funny when people tell you they went to the middle east and experienced a cultural shock, because for me it's exactly the other way round : everytime i come home from Syria i feel completely out of place and have a hard time getting used again to Belgium and its inhabitants. The cold and dark weather in the middle of summer is just one example that really makes me depressed and grumpy when i wake up in the morning. I'm not saying everything is perfect in Syria: many times our electricity was cut off and we were in the dark ( and heat) for hours and hours without a warning but then you start smiling again when the light goes on again and you hear the whole neighbourhood applaud and shout because of this "miracle". So now that i'm back i love to look at the pictures i took during the holiday for a daily energy boost, to remember the heat and the sun ( and the possible sunstroke i had when i was walking around in the desert without a hat - yes very smart, i know). Here's a selection of 5 of my so called light therapy photos :

The sun rise as seen from my balcony.


Sweet grapes in our garden, too many to eat them all!


Sergilla, the dead city : our house is surrounded by more than 700 dead cities dating from 200 to 500. Some are completely deserted and others partly inhabited by farmers.


Beehive style constructions on the road from Homs to Palmyra.


My sister posing as a modern version of Queen Zenobia in the Temple of Bel in Palmyra.

21 comments:

Azhure said...

Beauiful photos!

Kreativlink said...

Oh! I wish I could be somewhere else now too! Beautiful pictures!

ChichiBoulie said...

Gorgeous photos and gosh is your sister beautiful!

I know what you mean about the dreary summers here. It's not like this back home for me either. I do miss the sun.

Star of the East said...

Gorgeous pictures, exotic place for a holiday :)

ingermaaike said...

Wow ! Some place!

HolisticallyHeather said...

beautiful, I am personally dreading my upstate ny, usa winter....it will snow for what seems like 6+ months and I will sit inside depressed and cold hahaha....your sister is beautiful,and if you have excess grapes, I will come visit and turn them to jam! <3 hah

jealousydesign said...

wow! so beautiful photos!
and welcome back :)

glasfaden said...

Oh wow!! Lovely place! And pretty sis indeed!

Brandon said...

What beautiful photos! We miss the sun in the winter, it a bit dismal.

Melissa

Blythe Hopes Vintage said...

Wow - Syria looks amazing! Great photos

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BlytheHopesVintage

dinafragola said...

wow, great photos and great places! It all looks so exotic and historic...

Jennifer said...

that last photo is stunning!

Giftbearer said...

The photo of the grapes growing is gorgeous! You sure took some beautiful pictures!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

That one of the grapes is superb!

nuvonova said...

Oh wow really stunning photos, they should be in a holiday booklet!

karlita said...

Oh, i so loved reading this story. En je hebt gelijk, het weer hier is om depressief van te worden!!!! Lovely pictures too!!!

High Desert Diva said...

Wonderful photos. I love the beehive construction.

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♥ KNITTING ART said...

Excellent shots... I liked them very much :) Sincerely,

LoveCreations24 said...

One day I will travel...one day. It looks so beautiful there - how come we don't have beautiful places like that here in America!!

Cathe Holden said...

What a fabulous post. Interesting perspective all around. The photos are awesome, my favorite, the beautiful, colorful grapes.

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