My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria - The Beginning Of My Ascendance — LiveJournal
My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria|
|Date:||July 26th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)|| |
I am sorry for the disappearance of your sister. I came back from Syria only 1 week ago, and it is a dangerous place. I went there alone as a female traveller and had a very bad experience with a taxidriver. I am still not sure if the hotel manager was in on it. When I took a van from Beyrouth to Damascus, the driver separated me from the other passengers by badmouthing me and then tried to get rid of the other two Westerners on the bus, in order to take me to some unknown destination (he said the bus was not to Damascus anymore). It felt like you can easily "disappear" in Syria, as there are networks of people working together. I got back to the hotel manager who had dropped me off at the bus station and he immediately wnted the number to the hotel, which I didn't give him. There was a lot of talk about me being "haram" (not allowed, but also sort of dirty) and talk about money, and that was although I dressed modestly, covering legs and arms. By the grace of G-d, I managed to get off the bus outside of Damascus together with the other Westerners and with them go to a hotel no one knew I was staying at. The rest of my travels in Syria went ok, stayed in Damascus and visited Aleppo, but made sure to travel on "real" buses, run by companies.
I feel very lucky to be back home. I pray that nothing bad has happened to your sister.
My mom and I are interested in hearing more about your experience. Would you be able to email me directly at email@example.com?