These are sad days in the Middle East. Everyone is just waiting for the Americans to hit Syria. And everyone is scared of what will happen then. My friends in Syria are probably the ones that are most scared of all, and I can not forget my first meeting with the middle east, when Syria was the best country I had ever hitchhiked through and Aleppo became my favorite city of all times.In 2008 I was hitchhiking from the North of Norway to the South of Africa, and entered Syria from Turkey. I thought Eastern Europe and Turkey was amazing, but hitchhiking through Syria was a real pleasure, and I am pretty sure Obama would have been in a different opinion about bombing Syria if he had done the same. Not that I should be nominated for a Peace Prize, or anything, but I do understand it is easier to kill people with planes from far way than to shoot them in the face.
During this trip my friend Espen Aarsvold and I were filming the Documentary From Cape to Cape for Norwegian TV. You can watch how much we enjoyed Syria here with English subtitles:
Below are some notes from my 2008 journal while we hitchhiked Syria:
Syria proved to be a hitchhikers paradise. Crossing the whole country we probably didn’t spend more than 15 minutes waiting for rides. The people where beautiful and would often stop even before we had actually started to hitchhike. Often they would even stop just to ask if they could help us with something. This made us feel amazed and extremely welcomed. When people stopped to put us off the car it happened that they would help us with getting rides before they went on. At one point we even had two cars stopping at the same time to pick us up! We were often told that we were being watched by undercover police, but we never saw anyone.
Thanks to our friends that helped us out on our way across Syria!
Stay Safe, everyone knows you haven´t dissevered this!
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