Published: November 13th 2009November 13th 2009
Islam & Christianity
Im trying to take different photos of downtown this year, you can just scroll down on the Beirut page of travelblog.org and find my last years blog of Lebanon..
Hi, Kefec, cava was one of the first things i heard when i came off the plane from Ciaro... its a great reflection of what life in Beirut is like, a major mixture of colonial french , with a western influence ontop of a strong middle eastern culture.
Ive been in Lebanon for over two weeks now, no i wasn't kidnapped by Hezbollah, ive just been... 'busy'... I still cant believe im in the middle east, for the first week here that's all i was saying, "WHOA..." even though ive been here before, its like i am now seeing Lebanon in a new light! I can now compare it with the rest of the middle east and definitely say that Beirut is an extremely cosmopolitan city in comparison to its neighbours. Lebanon in general has a much more relaxed vibe to it, and i cant believe how green this country is!! Maybe because its getting into the winter months, but everything is soo GREEN! For the first week i was here, there was a major cold snap with rainy and windy weather, but now its cleared up and the 'cooler' months are a pleasant sunny 20
Downtown Beirut is on a whole different level, its by no means a reflection of what the rest of Lebanon is like. Everyone walking the streets are glamed up, dinning in fancy resturants near shops that are being freshly built!
What have i been doing?? WELL i havent been doing the tourist stuff as ive already seen a majority of the tourist sights (although i haven't been down south to Sidon, thats on the check list this year) Ive been staying with my cousin Zozo in Bourj Hammoud, 10mins away from Downtown Beirut. On the weekends we've been going up to the mountains to visit family. During the week we've just been lazing around eating and drinking ... the first week was great to just stop and relax, towards the end of my travels i must say i got a bit tiered and that probably shown through in my blogs, apparently i was a bit bitter towards the Egyptians in my last blog!? ehehe
It was a bit of a task, but I found a apartment to live in Beirut. its in Mar Markiel 10min walk to Downtown, near Ashrafieh. Its a massive apartment and the location is even better! I flat with 2 French girls and 1 French dude, i just moved in yesterday so am still settling in. I start my arabic classes on next week and will
Nice building, i would say its Euro/arab influenced! Ohh and the Lebanese love to flash, majority of the cars in Downtown are extra flashy Merceedes and BMWs...
by studying for 3 hours in the morning for 4 days a week. I cant wait to learn arabic, as i get stop soo many times on the street, people ask me for directions and all kinds of things i respond to with a blank look and a shrug of "i dont speak arabic!"
There are more photos below