Next week we fly to Amman, Jordan, via Dubai and will spend a week in Jordan and the Dead Sea and then travel up on the road to Damascus for another week. Exciting stuff. We were going to Beirut but the embassy savages don't want South Africans there so you have to either have a familymember or friend there who will vouch for you before they will consider giving a "general security" approval. So we switched airtickets to Jordan and the people have been amazing and friendly. Through the website Couchsurfing we have free accommodation and will even be picked up at the airport. Amazing hospitality thanks.