Going through my albums I realised I haven't shared these pictures of the people.
I think most of the Syrians are of fairer complexion than the Jordanians. Or maybe just the ones I encountered or saw.
At Cairo Restaurant, Amman.
"Captain Jack Sparrow", Petra.
Juice vendor, near Christian Quarter, Old City Damascus.
Traffic police, Amman. Love the hat!
Othmen, at Schereradze, Souq Al Hamediyya. We bought stuff from his shop.
Lastly, a picture of two
thugs bouncers at the entrance of one of the hotels we looked at before deciding where to stay in Damascus. Suffice to say we did not check in here :)
Syria is more conservative than Jordan, though there is no issue with attire like what is usually mentioned in the guidebooks. Short sleeved tees are acceptable, though shorts and sleeveless/ tank tops are probably too much.
After a few days it was easy to identify the non-locals (from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey) as they are not dressed as conservatively as the locals, especially the women.
As you can see, most of them would gladly pose for you - just remember to ask first :)