I’ve been in Beirut for about 23 hours now, most of which I’ve spent sleeping. While I was awake, I learned a few things:
- Everyone in the airport and on the airplane assumed I spoke French, which was confusing as hell.
- There are soldiers at the airport and that’s sort of intimidating when you’re tired and confused.
- People drive insanely and honk a lot. Seriously, I hear honking constantly through my window. It’s worse than when I was in New York.
- 1500 Lebanese Lira = 1 USD
Lebanese American University is housing us in an apartment building a few blocks from campus and two buildings away from an actual residence hall. My building and air-conditioned apartment are pretty nice. Much nicer than anywhere I’ve lived at Carleton. I think I’m living with three other people, only two of which are here yet, and neither of whom I’ve spoken too because they’ve been asleep since I woke up this afternoon.
My building is in the Hamra district which is pretty cool. It’s extremely hot here (about 90° F), but since it isn’t humid, it feels nice.
More importantly, pictures:
250 Lebanese lira
The view from my window.
Some more from down the street: