Hala Lebnen 3

On the wall - Bliss Street, Beirut Made me think of Bahrain (among other things)


the…search for an apartment

started yesterday. I went to Metropolitan Hotel with a taxi and apparently I was overcharged but it didn’t feel so bad since the cold store guy told me it would cost about 20-25 thousand lire to go there and this guy charged me 15. Ripped of but still happy. A female estate agent picked me up by the hotel and off we went…into terror…cars everywhere, winding roads up, cars, honking, mopeds, scooters, crowded streets…me no like.. That was Hasmieh so now I can tick Hasmieh off my list..simply because it’s too busy for me. Noisy, busy and crowded.
Horsh Tabet was pretty much the same and the agent showed me an apartment that was too bloody expensive in my opinion. It felt like being on stage when you went out on the balcony because you had about four other buildings and their balconies just across the street…no privacy at all.
Not a very fruitful day in other words. Felt like I would take any apartment as long as I don’t have to drive anywhere. I really hate being stuck in traffic.

Today was a better day where I went to a place close to Mansourieh. It was quite and sooo peaceful up there. I loved the place.

Apart from the apartment hunt I have some thing on my mind such as…why does it seem like I am one of the most covered people in Hamra? Even some hijabis wear more revealing clothes. Here I am sweating in jeans and longsleeved while women of all ages and I mean of all ages are wearing short dresses, little tank tops and cute skirts. I really need to chill and drop the khaleeji feeling. In Bahrain you would be stared at if you showed your shoulders in day light…arms wasn’t really an issue but shoulders it seems.

Aah I’m tired. I will write more later and post some pictures.

Short walk in Hamra

Bustling streets, criss cross,avoiding the water coming down the street from the plants that are being watered, criss cross street, old man selling honey, women in high, high heels and short dresses, people in cool outfits, Lebanese chicks speaking Swedish in H&M, where am I?, cross the street again, handsome man laughing at pretty girl, café people watching us all as we pass by, small shops, trees, birds, the smell of shawarma,,taib yalla, back home again.

Sunday in Beirut

Had a great time with a friend yesterday as we went for lunch then for a long walk. Beirut is just amazing,so full of life and movement. I feel free and alive.

Today is Sunday so I am just waiting for the week to start so I can start checking out apartments. Really want to find something soon but I know it usually takes about 15-20 apartments before something decent shows up. We will see..

Will go out and do some food shopping and some other bits ‘n bobs before the girls come back. It will be weird for them to stay here since it’s not actually home (I mean the temporary apartment).

Hello Beirut!

I am currently sitting in a lovely, very modern apartment in the middle of Beirut in an area called Hamra. Feeling a little confused and seriously claustrophobic after the short drive from Clemenceau here. I do recognise a lot of places and streets even though I haven’t been here since 2006. The streets are so narrow, cars are parked everywhere, street vendors, women in seriously skimpy outfits, children begging or trying to sell chewing gum….the list is endless…

I really can’t imagine living around here. It totally stressed and freaks me out. What makes me so excited is the trees…there are trees everywhere…here and there…just luvvin it.

It made me sooo happy to arrive at the airport having two young men approaching us asking how they could help us. I said hmm I think I need a visa. One of them asked me what nationality I was and I told him Swedish. He smiled and said well then you can stay here for two months for free.. I didnt even have to fill a form in. God what a difference from Bahrain where the bloodsuckers are asking for 40BD a month…For what? For me to enjoy 45 degrees, checkpoints with policemen trying to flirt, sand and well not much else really. Bahrain is great in many ways but still….40BD a month. Cooome on!

Will go out to buy a simcard and some other stuff…before it gets dark. I should probably pray it all goes well..Feels like I need it.