What a joy it is to walk out of my apartment each morning and see that my car has been washed there on the curb early that morning. I pay a man about 200 Syrian pounds a month to wash my car five days a week. That’s about $4 a month! It’s not great, but it gets the dust off.
A Syrian friend I have here named, of all things, Samer, took me into town so that I could get a haircut. I don’t have much for the barber to work with, but he took a long time and did a good job. I held out some bills and he took a 200 note ($4). I tipped him 100 because that was the smallest bill I had. He was very appreciative. I told some friends that night about the experience and they told me I should never pay more than a 100 or 150 pounds and that the tip was much too much. It is so difficult to get use to these small amounts of money. I’ve got to quit thinking in dollars and only think in Syrian pounds.
Tomorrow morning, about four of us are going in my car to Turkey. It’s a 45 minute drive to the border, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at the border, and another 45 minute drive to Ankara.