Something about this city is suffocating. And even though I spend a lot of time walking outside (not having a car will do that to you), I always feeling like I’m not really breathing. (Am I making any sense here?) Maybe it’s a combination of the high levels of carbon emissions in the air, the constant construction happening all around you (I wake up to construction every morning – even Saturdays!), and the seemingly incessant honking (there is such thing as noise pollution ya know..)….or maybe..just maaaayyybe.. it’s because I’m an anxious, nervous wreck who stresses herself out all of the time for nothing? (yup, that’s probably it)..
Every time this feeling (aka. anxiety attack) becomes to much for me to bear (usually once/twice a week)..I make my way from my apartment to the Corniche…for a stroll along the beautiful Mediterranean Coast.
What’s supposed to be a relaxing activity, is actually anything but that …as the Corniche is always buzzing with activity and excitement (don’t let the above photos fool you!). But you know what? I absolutely love it! (You could say I’m one of those people who’s most relaxed when I have a million things going on around me which force me to take my thoughts off of myself.)..
And while I’ve written (one too many) posts about the Corniche/Raouche in the past.. I just wanted to dedicate this last one to what is easily one of my favorite parts of Beirut. To show you what I’m talking about, I photographed some of the landmarks I always look out for along the route from my apartment, to the Corniche, and back..
So, there you have it..my typical “de-stressing” routine..what’s yours? How do you de-stress?