I just came back from a 6 days trip; I visited Aleppo and Idleb, and then went for 3 days to a lovely beach outside Tartous called “Al-Rimal Al-Zahabieh”.
It was a well spent vacation; I had never been to any of these two cities.
Idleb is so small and calm, windy though. There is almost nothing to do there. NOTHING! People are nice however.
Aleppo on the other hand, is so alive, I didn’t like the restaurants there, but surely loved the streets and the buildings.
After Aleppo, we hit the road heading to Tartous, we took the long road through Al-Ghab valley, passing by many villages.
We reached the sea shore after 3 hours! Gosh I so badly wanted to swim, was late when we got there, so we just cleaned the chalet and went for dinner. Later on that night, we went to a new place opened on the beach called “La Plage” which is a branch of the famous “Gemini Group” restaurants, owned by one of the bigwigs in Syria!
At that night, I lost my virginity towards smoking and had my first Argileh ever. They say that first time can never be forgotten. Well, I didn’t like it, even though I had it every night while I was there but it was tasteless and gave me nothing. Maybe with the absence of me loving it, it gets more like a physical action that consist of sucking and nibbling the plastic end, then blowing the smoke out in the air. Kept doing it till as late as 4 AM. I wasn’t tired at all ;)
Next morning, I was up early, since I’m a morning person. Couldn’t wait any longer; so I was in the water few minutes after. The water was great, the best swim in my life. I never spent time in the water as I did that day; I spent most of the day between the beach and the water. The evening went on as the day before.
The next morning was a different story! I woke up to see a red-as-tomato body! I was severely sun-burnt. I was on fire. My vacation was officially ruined! I used some ointment that was supposed to heal me; it was as useless as it can be.
The night was a nightmare, I hardly stayed outside for a while then inside with the AC turned on and set to -500. Of course, no clothes were to touch my red body!
The day after was again, blank, no water, I hardly managed to have a walk on the beach early in the morning. No swimming at all however!
I have no clue what the hell I was supposed to do! I see people on the beach all day long but they are there everyday, not just one day! I used a sun oil just like the one I saw them using! So why did that happen to me! I hardly take any vacation!
I checked with a friend doctor, I was told that I have second degree burns and he prescribed me a whole bunch of medications :(
Having said all that, I have no regrets, I really enjoyed this vacation, I still have a weirdly colored body but what the hell….
The alpha and omega, I had some really good time over the past week, away from everything and everybody that I know.
It feels great to be away where there is a sea close to you!