Tuesday, August 30, 2005

going to swim -last episode-

khaleej-latkia mounts1
Originally uploaded by amrtheproud.

Ok, I finally reached the bottom of the world down there, raised my head up, looked around:
-OMG, this must be heaven!!
-Come on, jump man.
It took me few seconds to be in the water which was freezing..
-how many springs are there in this canyon?
-about 25 …
after 20 minutes of swimming, having fun and talking with locals, I suddenly felt that there is something missing… what is it?
Damn! The rest of the group, they might be lost up there…
I looked at the beautiful magical views around me, and at the fresh water that I don’t think I can swim in something similar in Syria anymore, then I looked up toward the cliff edge…
-Nahhh! Forget about’em, I told my self, they are a group and they can handle it..
I never felt more selfish that that day..
A half hour later I heard the rest of the group calling someone to help as I did an hour before.. the locals helped my fellows to climb down and they joined the party!!
Enjoy the photos.


At 6:46 AM, Blogger Zaid Faham said...

wow...beautiful pictures..I feel that I want to swim :)

At 10:59 AM, Blogger aleppian said...

Hi, can you locate the place on the map, or distances from Lattakia, and the directions?

At 1:01 PM, Blogger Dina said...

The story finally ends ;) Amr the pics are beautiful, they actually reminded me of that Leonardo Dicaprio movie " The beach". I never imagined that we had such places here in Syria. Is it really called Khaleej Baloo3a or did you make that up?!

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Amr Faham said...

hi, thanks everybody, and sorry Omar for deleting your comment but i had to re-post the post..
the place name is Khaleej, but other villagers call it Baloo3a!
but at the end the two names are for the same "canyon".
this canyon is located near Qurdaha.
the villages that located on its slopes are:
el-Taibeh, and Yarty.
no cars can reach the place, you can reach it only by climbig or you have to walk from Yarty's dam, and it is a very small dam. you wil have sometimes to walk in the water carring your packs with your hands.. and you should have a weapon if you doubt that you might spend the night there (i advice you don't).

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Sharks said...

Gi amr...really some nice pic. u got there!...i wont be able to know that about my country even if i lived 10 hundred years...cus really i get lost around the corner of my own street...

Some of u guys really carry out a lot of love for this country...u r some patriots...i bet it was all fun!..
Keep up the good stuff...

Peace out!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Catherine said...

realley love your pictures! Seriously..You should try to worke a bit in the tourism industry and offer pepole those trips..way way too many just seat in restaurantsor in front of tv instead of seeing and realizing the beauty in Syrian mediterranian nature!

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Wegrit said...

Your trip looks like it was SO beautiful! Hopefully someday I can see Syria. It looks amazing.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Amr Faham said...

hey Cathrine, long time no see!
thanks sharks. and wegrit you are welcome anytime please contact before your come so i can call my friends from everypart of the country to help you.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous donna in usa said...

Thank you for publishing your site! Your photos make me smile, your hiking adventures remind me of my own travels and I wish I could swim in those beautiful waters there. I just want to say thank you for putting this on the internet so OUR COMMON GROUND IS HERE FOR ALL TO SEE.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Warwick said...

Hey, I'm about to head to Syria, and wish to visit beautiful places like these - can you please mail me details?

At 11:40 PM, Blogger david said...

hi Amr,
Sounds like you get lots of requests like this but any advice about how I could do similar trekking in Syria would be most welcome and appreciated! I'm a Canadian professor on sabbatical headed to Syria late October....thanks, David

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