Over the past 5 years, I’ve traveled at least twice a year, saw beautiful places, heard many different and sometimes strange languages being spoken around me, even smelled the local cuisine- which is a long, long story in it’s own right.
But nothing beats home.
And even though there were times when I thought this country had nothing to offer to anyone, except a whole load of headaches, I now know that it’s not true and will be leaving with a sort of heavy heart.
Before I write up two lists about what I will and will not miss about Beirut and Lebanon, which I have wanted to post even way before this bl0g started, I spent a whole day looking through my 15 GB worth of photos trying to discover what photos and stories would best convey my current sentiments, especially from the past 3 years or so.
Somehow I knew that all this picture taking would come in handy one day.
- Green Oval, American University of Beirut (AUB) Campus, Beirut, June 2009
- Temple of Jupiter, Baalbeck, September 2010
- A lone fisherman along the coast of Byblos, December 2010
- Part of the Damour River, sampled for a class in Instrumentation and Analytic Techniques, October 2009
- View of the Dbayyeh Marina at sunset from Le Royale Hotel, June 2011
- Jounieh at midnight from Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, February 2011
- Beirut barely visible in the distance from Harissa, February 2011
- Pine trees near Haytoura, a village in the south of Lebanon we visited for Summer Field Training, July 2010
- Smar Jbeil, in North Lebanon, New Year’s Eve, December 2009
- Zawtar El Charqiyeh, another village in the south visited for SFT, July 2010
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…and you really want to leave this behind, ’cause of a Dutch city ?!?