I’m a 25 year old girl from Miami, who lived and worked in Beirut, Lebanon between December 2009 and June 2011.
I started this blog as a way to keep my friends and family back home updated with everything I was doing..but it eventually grew into so much more than that.
I have since moved back to the States (unfortunately)..but you see.. the thing is.., I CAN’T GET BEIRUT OUT OF MY HEAD! Anyone who has ever lived there, and had to leave, will probably understand what I’m going through. Beirut is like that lover that you know is sooo amazingly bad for you, yet for some reason, you can’t stop thinking about them.. and can’t stop wanting to..well.,go back to them. Some kind of fabulously toxic love affair. (Reminds me of Rihanna’s,,’We found love’,,when in the intro it says, “And when it’s over, and it’s gone. You almost wish you could have all that bad stuff back so that you could have the good.”)
Yep. Sigh…we’ve all had those, haven’t we? Thought so.
For the past few months, this blog has been on hold as I took the time to decide what to do with it.. Do I shut it down? Do I leave it as is? Do I give it to someone else? Do I continue to blog?
Not knowing was getting frustrating,,and somehow this blog was still getting hits in the hundreds and a significant number of new subscriptions. I can’t explain how happy it makes me to know that people are still reading long after I’ve stopped writing. So yesterday (Jan 4th, 2012) I decided enough was enough. I got in touch with one of my good friends who is on the ground in Beirut, and together we decided to bring This is Beirut back to life (like properly)! woop woop!! yeahhh boiii!
I just can’t let this blog go.. it has been one of the most, if not the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life..and yeah..I just can’t…and I guess I can’t let Beirut go either..at least not for now. Some things you just have to accept. This is one of them.
So, without further ado..
I bring to you my comment extraordinaire turned co-THIS IS BEIRUT-author, Youssef Chaker….he will be on the ground gathering the info, and I’ll be in the States helping to analyze and edit..and together we will author this blog.
Excited? You better be.
Now..to turn it over to Youssef..
I don’t drink, don’t smoke, and don’t swear in Arabic. Don’t you wish your man was more like me?
Now look down, look back up.
I’m in the US… in Lebanon… in Morocco, I’m on a donkey… back in Lebanon… now in Chile… back in Lebanon: catch me if you can!
I’ve experienced wars in Lebanon, electricity cuts and slow Internet connections. I’ve also experienced 24/7 electricity, 1Gbps Internet connections and a villa with a pool. Yet I still prefer Lebanon and will always come back to it.
When I walk the streets of Beirut, it’s a calm and cool journey and my hope is to bring you along for the ride towards a different perspective.
And when I’m not trying to convince people shit ain’t that bad in Lebanon, I pretend to be the Co-Founder and CTO of Jogabo (jogabo.com). I’ve also been know to bend computers to my will!
Yeah so that pretty much sums it up!
Go ahead, do it. You know you wanna.