Chapter Seven: Beirut, Amman

Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
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Trip End May 24, 2010


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mostly my travel notes are just meant to jog my memory at a later date when I finally find time to blog, but occasionally I find them humorous enough to recount word for word:
Tue 
up by 8:30
packed
out by 10:30
walked downtown
stopped to look @ Pigeon Rocks
Very windy! Very humid! <lots of butt sweat>
ate lunch (mezze). saw AUB.
downtown=saw mosque, saw church.
sent postcards

Haha. I love it. So we did what I wrote. A few added items include the fact that Pigeon Rocks are gorgeous and I think the fact that they are right off of a major city makes them even more beautiful....sort of an oasis aura. 

It was incredibly humid and so saying lots of butt sweat is really downplaying the amount of sweat that was expelling from my body. How can I explain winds that are so strong you are in danger of choking on your own hair or simply being blown over and yet it is so frickin humid your ass is sweating like there is no tomorrow...like you have calories to spare even though you haven't eaten all day. For every dry day in Jordan where my contacts only made it through 2/3 of the day...this day was all moisture. 

We ate at Lamb House which excited me based purely on the name. Kind of like the impulse I feel to eat at Ham King back in Michigan even though I despise ham. It was very delicious. Also, even though we were sitting I am pretty sure my butt was still sweating. 

How many times can I mention butt sweat in one blog entry before the reader...aka you...become uncomfortable? Hard to say. 

Butt sweat. Ok I think I just hit the threshold.

After eating we passed by the American University of Beirut, did some shopping that cannot be elaborated on, and headed downtown. We really wanted to see the neighbor mosque and church before we left Beirut. The Mohammed al-Amin Mosque and the Maronite church, St. George's Cathedral sit side by side in downtown Beirut which is kind of cool. Literally neighbors. Kind of symbolic of the diverse population in Lebanon (for example, Lebanon recognizes 18 official religions). 

Then we sent some postcards home and the stamps took up half of our writing space. Fine and dandy I suppose. I also found it odd that the stamp was of a giant Cedar tree that was made using the camouflage pattern. Hmm. 

We were running out of time so we had to meet up with Farreh to give her Nayef's sim card which he let us borrow and was really invaluable to our travels. After hugging goodbye we headed back to the hotel, picked up our bags, and grabbed a taxi to the airport for $25USD. 

We visited the duty free for awhile (Kinder Bueno is the bomb!) and then just sat at our gate for awhile playing backgammon while we waited to board the plane. We also played the "name every U.S. state in alphabetical order" game. Not super fun, but as you might have gathered, we had to play until we finished.

Our flight left at 5:00pm and we arrived in Amman an hour later. More word for word:

"They gave us sandwiches on the plane. Rachel was upset [which she crossed out and wrote 'noticed and remarked'] that James Franco was staring at her from the back of the magazine in the chair pocket so I covered his face with the barf bag and in the mean time I dropped my sandwich...'shit.' When I lifted my try to pick up the sandwich I was surprised and happy to see that it had landed in my open purse. Geronimo, still edible!"  

Adib picked us up at the airport bringing us small gifts from the Women's Business Development Incubator which was awesome. I don't have anything else written down for the rest of the night but I have to imagine he took us home and that I rushed to get my laundry in before the end of water day. 

*Oo, I found more notes related to our Tuesday adventures. After we came back to the apartment we had American style cocktails and sheesha and we played celebrities with Bashar and Adib. Highlights include Bashar acting out every celebrity for a total of two games in under 8 minutes. He's a natural. He is also obsessed with some song I never heard that goes "Ohhhh, who da f* you talkin to?" Lmao.We were all hungry so eventually we ordered Little Caesar's (no not the same Little Caesar's...but yes it is pizza) with Annette.**
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