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Richard's sore head

Krak des Chevaliers

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We've arrived in the little town of Al-Hosn, the location of a magnificent Crusader castle called Krak des Chevaliers.

A bit of excitement the first evening as Richard slipped over in the shower and cracked his head open. Fortunately we have a nurse, radiographer and very enthusiastic group leader who raced in to inspect the damage - fortunately no stitches required and Kylie applied steristrips to hold things together. At dinner blood kept seeping out and the hotel guys eventually decided to take matters into their own hands and went out to collect herbs to make a potion to stop the bleeding. They took Richard away and pulled off the steristrips, much to Kylie's horror, and put the green goo on his head. It did stop the bleeding (I guess they've been doing this since the Crusaders were chopping off limbs) but it was an interesting clash of east and west medicine! Our bus driver then got in on the act and decided Richard's head needed bandaging - all over (see photo). The girls also gave him a new hairdo so their was much laughter over dinner. It all turned out well, but could have been a very nasty accident. The floors here are usually marble tiles so very slippery when your feet are wet.

On Friday morning we had a guided tour of the castle, very interesting and very well preserved. It's set on the top of a hill and you can see for miles - it was easy to imagine what it was like back in the 12th century when the Crusaders were in residence. It was one of a series of castles in that part of the world protecting the area from invaders.

After our tour it was back on the bus to the capital of Syria, Aleppo, where we have a couple of days.



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