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April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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Date:May 1st, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)

Re: hope for the best, but-


Allow me to quote The Lonely Planet, arguably one of the most trusted travel guidebooks in the world:

"Syria is an extraordinarily safe county in which to travel, and foreign women are generally treated with courtesy and respect."

To provide perspective, their commentary on being a solo traveller in Iraq:

"You'd have to be mad."

Syria is not as dangerous as you think, especially for Canadians.
Date:May 1st, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)

Re: hope for the best, but-

Indeed. I was in Syria in 2005 and found it to be one of the most hospitable places I have ever been (I'm a White American male, by the way). When we stopped at the border coming from Turkey the Syrian guards were super friendly and we took photos with them. When I stopped at an ice cream parlor in Haleb (or Aleppo, if you prefer), I told them I was American and they gave me an extra ice cream scoop for free. I'm sure it would be no different for a Canadian!

Stay strong, brother! I wish you the very best of luck and will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
Date:May 5th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)

Re: hope for the best, but-

I am a white Canadian female and I travelled alone in Syria in 1995, including a stay at the Cairo Hotel in Hama. Syria is a very safe place where western women get the safety Syrian women are granted and the freedom western women take for granted. Women often invited me into their homes, and men would offer help saying I was like a sister to them. Syria is safer for women than North America! I dressed modestly and experienced far fewer hassles than I had in Italy or France. I pray Nicole is safe.
Date:May 7th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)

Re: hope for the best, but-

I'd also like to chime in about how safe and hospitable Syria is. I was there for a couple of weeks bicycling solo through the country right after the First Gulf War and the people were incredibly friendly. I wish that I had kept in contact with the people I met there since one of them was the son of the general in charge of Syrian forces in Lebanon.

Wish your sis the best of luck!!!
Date:May 7th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)

I too have gone to Syria

I travelled to Syria in 2004. I had no problems at all and in fact, I have been raving about Syria to everyone about how friendly and kind Syrians are. Restaurants would say you are our guest, eat for free since it is your first tim here. Strangers would pay for our coffee in cafes. I have never met friendlier people. It seemed that they weren't used to many Canadians coming for holidays.

I panicked my mother when I was in Lebanon and never called her when Hariri had been murdered-- she was worried sick cause I didn't see the urgency to call her right away. We all make mistakes like that.

I wish I had some contacts for you, but I don't.

I will keep my fingers crossed for you and your family. All the best!

Date:January 26th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)

Re: I too have gone to Syria

I'm a 20 years old German who had the chance to visit Syria with my girl frind. Syria is a super safe country..I hate to say this, but they treat tourists much better than they treat there own people. I'm sure what happened to your sister could have happened anywhere. Is government involved in that?? I don't think that is true because being a threat for a tourist in this country is a serious crime under the Syrian law. Add to that people are really very friendly.
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