This Last winter I had the longest vacation I could ever get from my university. It was a month long vacation. Of course, there is nowhere better to spend all this free time then my beloved Lebanon.
Needless to say, the best feeling a Lebanese gets, is when he looks out the airplane window and sees Beirut. Lebanese people living in other countries fantasize about this moment everyday. The plane lands and we are finally home.
At the airport we become inpatient, we want to get out to see our families and friends. collect our luggage and head straight out to be welcomed by all our beloved ones. and then head back home. No matter how long you live in another country, you still feel like this is where you truly belong when you get to your place in Lebanon. Then, you engorge yourself with all the great Lebanese food your mother made.
Of course one of the first things you have to do when you go back is to have a good old Almaza Beer.
The morning after we wake up to one of Lebanon’s best tradition a “sobhiye”. A sobhiye is what Lebanese do in the morning. Coffee with the all the family it’s usually very quiet, its definitively a good way to reduce stress. A sobhiye is sometimes accompanied with Fairuz songs, which also help you relax. This is not something I do in the USA. Life here is always busy here and there is no time for something this relaxing.
Then, after some quiet time having coffee and chatting, we move on to breakfast. what could be a a Knefe? this is probably the best breakfast anyone could ever have.
After having breakfast, I took a walk in the most beloved street in Lebanon, Hamra. This street has always had its charm, its one of the most vibrant streets in Lebanon. Hamra is full of Cafes and shops and most recently an increasing number of pubs. Hamra is more than a street people go to shop, there is a certain vibe there that cannot be explained. It is one of these things that has to be experienced to be appreciated.
On my way back home i grabbed a box full of one of my favorite treats. Tarbouch (Hat in Arabic) is a small biscuit, with meringue on top, covered in chocolate.
at the end of the day, I went out on our balcony. the sun was setting…
I spent 30 minutes in watching the sun set into the sea while the sky made a beautiful display of changing colors, until finally, the sky became completely dark.
This is a good place to end this post. Expect part 2 soon.