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... br> Woken at 0600hrs by the hotel alarm clock. It's unplugged sharpish to shut it up. It continues. It has to be the only hotel in the world that's inserted back-up batteries. They're prised out. Silence.
Day trip to the "countryside" north of Beirut. Told the tower blocks along the mountainside and sea stretch all the way from Israel to Syria. There's no separation between cities, towns and suburbs. It all blends into one continuous strip of shops, ...
... meal. It was a good reward though and it was nice to be back in downtown. After wards we went to move Isabel into her new apartment in Furn Al'shback which is 10 minutes drive away from saifi, and will be where I move in with her in a few weeks. It turned out to be a super cool area because it felt authentically middle eastern and like a city, without being intimidating or dangerous. We moved her in with her international housemates and even met a brit in the elevator up. ...
... the rest of the day just sun baking by the amazing roof top pool of our hotel. From the pool you could see the ocean and all the building below.
In the afternoon, we caught a taxi to one of the beaches near by and spent a couple of hours there. In the evening we went to a part of the city where they have some very nice restaurants and ate until we were bursting at the seams. I thought what better way to spend my birthday, then back in the city where I was born!
... cuisine then made our way back to beirut on another cheap and easy local bus, where the bus driver had a water fight with another bus. We went out that night to a club full of young lebanese and tourists alike. I enjoyed trying to haggle taxis drive through french.
The next morning we got up and packed sadly we made our way to the airport once again passing iconic mosques, trendy shops and impassive soldiers.
Our time in lebanon had been good but it was over. time to go to Nepal!
... and not just any fruit but the sweetest mandarins and oranges you have tasted. When you get home delivery to your tent the mixed shwarma (meat) plate come delivered in a shiny van in a beautifully presented box with specially designed slots for each container of food as well as complimentary hummus, garlic paste, tahini and vegetables. When you ask for a falafel sandwich the man makes some extra falafel ...
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