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Random Beirut thoughts

June 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

This is completely subjective and deliberately uncomprehensive. A list of words I wrote, painting a picture of my first impressions of walking back into the city.

Bey: No McDonalds sign (the fast food joint opposite the AUB in Bliss Street is faceless – but the two policemen who used to stand guard outside aren’t there anymore).

Roadblocks (they’re everywhere now – but the best taxi drivers know how to get through them without slowing down).

Second language (Monot: “bonjour” – heard on street corners, and in shop doorways. Hamra: “hello”).

Posters = healthy politics (this was before the recent clashes – the posters are everywhere, you can locate yourself by the words on the walls).

Hariri obsession (Kulna maak posters in Quratem – haven’t I seen something similar in Syria?. Men in black at the bomb site, looking solemn, getting ready for the highlight of their day – the daily memorial at 12.55. There is music played at the bomb site, 24 hours a day. Counters all over town, reminding everyone how many days it’s been since Hariri was killed).

Gemayzeh (all new, pan-european flavour).
Tribeca (electrobeats).
Downtown (every day is a public holiday).

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  • 1 majd // Jun 16, 2008 at 3.32 am

    The Hariri counters part is really sad and disappointing. You know that a country is not healthy when a huge part of the population links their lives to a person instead of an Idea.
    Hariri in this example, Mohammad in other societies.

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