Karen here!! Before the war in Syria, education was free and compulsory for children ages 6 to 12 girls and boys. They were ranked 126 in the world, at a literacy rate of 85%. To give you a comparison, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands have a 99% literacy rate according to the same study. To give you some idea where Syria was literacy wise compared to the US, the US was just one above Syria ranked at 125 with an 86% literacy rate. Before the war, the Sunni Muslims were overwhelmingly the majority religion in the country. But there were many mixed marriages and mixed friendships amongst religions. And that was totally acceptable. There was nothing wrong with that. That has changed quite dramatically after 2010. And one interesting fact – Omar Sharif is of Syrian descent!! I LOVE Omar Sharif!! Hi there, it’s the morning of Day 3. I realized doing these vlogs, I should probably actually vlog once in a while! I woke up this morning and felt really good. My husband went to work on his bike. I followed his lead and went out with my bike for my little route that I usually do. The Ration Challenge people say that you can keep up your normal exercise, but don’t over exercise No worries there, Ration Challenge!! I will be making some crepes tonight for the next few days and a couple of other things. My husband and I dipped into the hummus last night (that I made for today) and it was the bomb. It’s really really good! So I’ve got to do a bit of cooking and prep for the next three days because I’m on the road. If I don’t check in tonight, the next time I see you may be from an airport or a hotel room.