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On our descent into Aleppo airport, the Syrian landscape was a mosaic of sparkling green mosque lights. Ibrahim, a proud Syrian Kurd and my companion on the journey from London via Beirut, was looking forward to a long-overdue reunion with his family and his fiancée. It had been six years since he had been home, and he had invited me to visit his village and offered me a bed in the family flat in Aleppo. This was the first taste of the typical hospitality and kindness I experienced whilst travelling around Syria in October 2007. Before the start of the uprising in March 2011, on the surface at least, Syria was a peaceful country and tourism was slowly growing. Fast forward to 2019, and although visitors are slowly returning, most of these are from neighbouring Arab countries. Visiting Syria as a solo traveller was an extraordinary experience. The country was…