All Better in Beirut

Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
Trip End Jan 10, 2009

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hey People

I am in Beruit and my Syrian sickness followed me. I starved myself all day so I could make the 4 hour cab ride without incident and my the time I checked into my hotel room I was famished. The growl in my stomach led me to a nearby McDonalds where I ordered a Mc Fish Burger and Chicken McNuggets.  I unwrapped the fish burger (at least I think I did) and inhaled it in about three bites almost biting off my finger tips in the process.  I am pretty sure if someone timed it, I would have gone down in history as world's fastest consumption of a Mc Fish Burger and the Mc Nuggets weren't far behind.  I walked back to my hotel and flopped on my bed feeling great.  My stomach was full and my diarrhea was gone (so I thought) and after a goodnight's sleep I would be ready to hit the streets of Beirut and say hi to the friendly people of Lebanon.
I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night with that familiar rumble in my stomach telling me I had less than ten seconds to plant my butt on a toilet.  I was zipped tightly into my fleece travel blanket to keep warm since there was no heat in my room and I was having some technical difficulties getting out quickly in the dark.  I ended up falling out of bed and scrapping my side on the end table before making it to the throne just in time. 

What the heck?  Who injures themselves on their way from the bed to the toilet?  What is wrong with me?  Did I do something to piss off the God of Bowel Movements?  This whole diarrhea dilemma was definitely developing into a daily disaster - I had to do something quick!

The next morning I went to the pharmacy by the hotel and the guy gave me Imodium and guess what?  It worked!  I just read an email fom my mom and she gave me the same advice.  Am I the only person on the planet who does not know to take Imodium for the runs?

I used my new found freedom to walk all over the city and see the sights.  Beirut is a beautiful city under reconstruction after civil war and conflict with Israel.  Blown up abandoned buildings sit next to brand new shiny ones.  Construction is taking place everywhere in an effort to restore the city to her former glory.  The people here are very friendly and commonly strike up conversations with me when they see I am from North America - they love us here and want to make us feel welcome.  Today is my last day as I am on my way to catch a service cab to Damaskus then Jordon.

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