I thought I would write a quick email to let everyone know that I have arrived safely in Damascus without any problems.
In fact, things are going very well, as my housemates have informed me that they have found an even better apartment for a cheaper price and in a better location. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but I shall keep you updated. The main highlight of the new apartment is that apparently it already has a phone line installed, which would enable us to use the internet at home and more cheaply than at an internet cafe. My housemates are going to show me the place tomorrow. From what I have heard so far, it sounds almost too good to be true, and knowing Damascus, it probably is, so I am not going to get my hopes up. In any case I shall let you know how it goes.