Greetings from Damascus. We took a taxi from Amman to the border yesterday where I and the other American with our group waited for 7 hours for a visa. The guards took pity on us and made us tea. When we finally made it through, the guards paid our way to Damascus. The people here are really kind, and the food is wonderful. We are in a hotel near the bus station. I can see the Hijaz Railroad station from my room. We walked to the Old City this morning, and we've been wondering around for several hours. We have a three day weekend because it's King Hussein's birthday, and except that we lost one day waiting for visas, it's been really fun. We are going to see everything we can today, and head back to Amman tomorrow afternoon.