I guess it's always been like this to an extent. White European Arabic
language students are told they will did life easier living with the
So they arrive in Damaacus, walk around Bab Touma and read one of the
signs – written in English – advertising a room for rent in an 'Arabic
What happens is they end up living in a house full of other European
students. Some rarely leave Bab Touma.
They eat in it's restaurants, go out in its bars, and shop in its
While there's nothing wrong with them being here – in fact it's a very
good thing. There is something wrong with walking up to a shop, as an
Arab and before i open my mouth, I am greeted with 'hello' in English.