THE LEAVING BEIRUT SERIES Part 1: Things I’ll Miss

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In five days I’m getting on the 4:30am from BEY to ATH (cringe, right?) and my time in Lebanon will be over. As my main man Logie says, “A trip like this has the potential to change your whole life.” So in the interest of preserving that, and maybe passing a thing or two on, this is the beginning of a mini-series on leaving Beirut. Things I’ve learned, things I still haven’t learned, and maybe even a cool restaurant or two. First, here’s a whole bunch of things that I’m gonna miss.

  1. The VIEWS. I’m convinced mountains and sea don’t come together quite like this anywhere else in the world. Every drive is freshly jawdropping and a new experience of frustration with your iPhone camera.
  2. Turkish coffee. And the general prevalence of espresso. I’ll probably check a second bag just to bring enough home for the next 30 years.
  3. The Diversity. Every day I interact with people from at least three different countries. It’s a cataclysm of culture, background, and occasionally charades. This is a place that is accustomed to differences and hearing the backstory. I never realized in the scheme of the world how strange it is to only ever experience one culture and one language your whole life.
  4. Bright, hot, mornings.
  5. Teaching slang. There is absolutely no joy like hearing Christina call someone “bad sassy.” Drama and diva and dude, English is better as a second language.
  6. Lebanese bread. I’m like 700% sure that my body is not going to know what to do when I stop feeding it exclusively bread. Jungle Jim’s, I’m coming for you.
  7. My balcony. Every dream I’ve ever had includes having an apartment with a balcony and getting a taste just to have it ripped away seems needlessly cruel
  8. Graffiti in Arabic.
  9. Forgetting that rain is a thing. I’ve seen all your tweets from Ohio, and I feel for you guys. It rained one time here, just some mist really early on a Saturday morning. The Midwest really needs to take notes.
  10. Blaming my American-ness. The amount of times a day I think to myself “freakin American” is off the charts.
  11. Being unreachable. Here when I don’t have wifi, I can’t talk to anybody. If I do have wifi and I don’t want to talk to anyone, I can pretend I don’t have wifi. The second my feet hit American soil and that data plan kicks in, I know I’ll go back to my old ways. But it’s nice putting your phone away when you walk out the door and not pulling it back out again until you get home.
  12. Feeling light years ahead of you jokers stuck in Eastern Standard Time. Or like, seven hours.
  13. This

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One thought on “THE LEAVING BEIRUT SERIES Part 1: Things I’ll Miss

  1. norma fitzpatrick says:

    I will be so HAPPY you are HOME, but also appreciate what a once-in-a-lifetime experience you have had and the life-long friendships you have established.Grandma Norma

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    victoriakenzie posted: ”

    In five days I’m getting on the 4:30am from BEY to ATH (cringe, right?) and my time in Lebanon will be over. As my main man Logie says, “A trip like this has the potential to change your whole life.” So in the interest of preserving that, and maybe pa”

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