I am proud of what I accomplished in the last 2 years.
For a couple of years we keep getting the same articles from several foreign newspapers about Beirut.
Journalist has a bad image of Beirut, Journalist is invited to a specific hotel in DownTown Beirut, Journalist arrives at airport then taken directly to the hotel avoiding any “bad” areas, Journalist sees DownTown, Journalist sees Gemmayzeh pubs and nightclubs, Journalist is taken to see something handpicked outside Beirut making sure to avoid any “bad” areas. Journalist goes home and write how Lebanon is ALIVE again, how Beirut never sleeps, how Westernised it is , how cool the nightlife is.
Fucking retarded articles, and problem a serious part of Lebanese people believe their lies so much that they live it. Not even seeing that electricity gets cut half of the time for people outside of Beirut, Fresh water is bought in plastic bottles instead from the tap, people can’t afford to live, pay rent for proper buildings (Ashrafieh building anyone?), political instability, war looms in the background all the time, and only the elites enjoy wealth and life.
Yep… Lebanon and Beirut… so damn good.
Shutting down a legal website for illegal contents is like shutting down a weapons manufacturer because some of its gun are used to murder people. Oh wait… you don’t do that…too bad you don’t…
This is something that Lebanese love to say to foreigner, something we learn in geography class since we are kids.
Now let’s see if this really the case.
First let’s pretend that the day is amazing and warm just after a nice storm that filled the slopes with fresh snow, so you can therotically do both.
If you live in beirut and you want to go to Faraya on the weekend even that it’s not that far distance wise, traffic will make it impossible to reach it in less than 2 hours.(unless you want to wake up at 6, but then the slopes don’t open before 8). You want at least a couple of hours to do ski then start the way down and what not. You would have lost money because there is no such thing as a half day fee.(only applies after 12).
You take the trip down and then you realise it’s fucking winter, no private beaches are open! Because of all illegal private beaches construction there is almost no public sandy beaches in Lebanon!!!! there are very very few, and usually very very badly maintained, trash everywhere and maybe some oil from the 2006 war.
So you look at yourself, and then you tell your foreigner friend next to you: oh theoretically we could.. but this and that, and the damn government , and the weather…
Your foreigner friend smiles and nods but in his mind says: Shut the fuck up, since I met you and you boast about Lebanon and that you could ski and swim on the same day… let’s go back to my hotel they have a heated indoor swimming pool you fuckstard…
I feel good about myself.