I am currently on the train from downtown Rome to the airport, where I'll be heading to Damascus! It's been a restful day, as I've slept a lot to prepare for my 230am arrival to Damascus (don't really know what I'm gonna do when I get there at such a strange hour). I ate some pizza an hour or so ago in front of the colosseum, which was amazing. I wish you all could have seen it.
I was feeling super lonely and having a rough time until I met some australians last night...it's scary to be alone somewhere until you realize that there are kind people all around, you just have to be brave and start up a conversation! Oh! And with the Australians was a girl from NY, who is backpacking around for a month alone too! And obviously, if a girl can do it, then I can too! (chalk one up to the God of the universe for that bit of encouragement, and for my "boys are tougher than girls" spirit!) We all went out on the town and wandered the streets, and I even met some Israeli guys who raved about their great country. I'm getting much more comfortable being on my own, and I really love getting to sit and think a lot.
Let it be known that I have no idea what I'm in for when I show up in the middle east. I've heard so many things from so many people about this small, yet closely watched place, and I really am excited to see for myself.
I love you all and I'll write you more soon!