Why I love Beirut

November 22, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Eye on Beirut | 2 Comments
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Tomorrow is a deciding day for the fate of our beautiful country… again! We are all hoping for the best but expecting the worst. I always go back to this email that i received a while back. According to Sita, that email originated from a member of “a small world” who had answered a thread asking Why do you love Beirut?

This email always gives me hope about Lebanon as it reminds me of everything that made me fall in love with Lebanon and kept me there for 10 years through all the turmoil. Some of you may have forgotten but it’s our INDEPENDENCE DAY. For whatever that may stand for, atleast today, let’s appreciate Lebanon in all her Glory as she once was and as what she will rise up again to be.

  • I love Beirut because I see a girl in a mini skirt and her sister in a Tchador.

  • I love Beirut because it is neither West nor East: it is both.

  • I love Beirut because you can party till 6 in the morning and not realize that it is tuesday.

  • I love Beirut because in Beirut you can live as if you are going to die tomorrow and party as if they you are going to live forever.

  • I love Beirut because I can be swimming in the morning and 30 minutes later I’m on the slopes skiing or doing after ski.

  • I love Beirut because I have never seen the sun this strong anywhere in the world.

  • I love Beirut because I can see 6,000 years of history.

  • I love Beirut because every Beiruti has a political opinion and will share it with you even if you could care less about his and you want to share yours with him.

  • I love Beirut for all the conspiracy theories and how many people actually believe them.

  • I love Beirut because any night I can find a friend to go out with.

  • I love Beirut because I do not need to call my friends to go and see at home, I just stop by.

  • I love Beirut because as soon as I arrive at one of my friends’ houses his mom takes me to the kitchen & becomes introduces me to everything in the fridge.

  • I love Beirut because one can smell gardenia , and jasmine.

  • I love Beirut because strawberries taste like strawberries & fruits taste like fruits.

  • I love Beirut because the food is so good that you end up gaining even as you’re trying to lose .

  • I love Beirut because Lebanese women are the most elegant women I have ever seen.

  • I love Beirut because everyone knows my name. (a la cheers)

  • I love Beirut because I don’t have to explain myself.

  • I love Beirut because of the traffic jams and the people you meet because of them.

  • I love Beirut because of the noise pollution from cars honking.

  • I love Beirut for the spirituality of the people whether Muslim or Christian.

  • I love Beirut because I’m the first to call my Muslim friends on Ramadan and they are the first to call me on Easter.

  • I love Beirut because on May 1st I see Muslims visiting Harissa (statue of the Virgin Mary ) just like I see Christians.

  • I love Beirut because on the 22nd of every month I see Muslims going to St. Charbel and believing that a miracle will happen.

  • I love Beirut because women look like they’ve just stepped off the pages of Vogue.

  • I love Beirut because you eat to live and live to eat.

  • I love Beirut because you leave one cafe to go to another and can do this all day.

  • I love Beirut because all the Lebanese living outside want to come back and the Lebanese who are in Lebanon envy the ones who are living abroad not realizing what it means to live away from Beirut.

  • I love Beirut because a girl or a guy can easily tell you I just had a couple of Lexo or Xanax as if they just had some gum.

  • I love Beirut because for every Lebanese we have a singer.

  • I love Beirut because the Lebanese star singers sing in nightclubs.

  • I love Beirut because women go into the swimming pool with full make up on.

  • I love Beirut because guys go in with their cigars.

  • I love Beirut because it has been destroyed 7 times in History and has risen.

  • I love Beirut because since 1975 the Beirutis have withstood the PLO , Syrians , and the Israelis. I love Beirut because the Beirutis will not accept anyone to occupy them and rule over them.

  • I love Beirut because we feel that it is better to die on our feet than to live on our knees.

  • I love Beirut because each street is a two way street even if it’s officially one-way.

  • I love Beirut because one can park anywhere and not get a ticket.

  • I love Beirut because one can go as fast as his speedometer allows.

  • I love Beirut because MEA lands there.

  • I love Beirut because on MEA we can clap in unison when we are about to land.

  • I love Beirut not because it is my city , but because it is Everyone’s city.

  • I love Beirut because it welcomes every exiled freethinker,independent mind of the Arab world.

  • I love Beirut because we have hundreds of newspapers and our press is finally Free.

  • I love Beirut because when I explain Beirut to my Western friends, my friends see the passion of Beirut in my eyes.

  • I love Beirut because when I tell my friends that I’m going to Beirut they tell me can you take me with you.

  • I love Beirut because we argue over who is going to pay the bill at a restaurant since everyone wants to pay it.

  • I love Beirut because although everyone complains about “not making enough money” everyone is living.

  • I love Beirut because we accept our differences as we disagree with each other.

  • I love Beirut because it serves as a beacon of freedom to the rest of the Arab world.

  • I love Beirut because to praphrase what Gibran said about Lebanon ” Had Beirut not been my city I would have chosen it to be.”

  • I love Beirut because there is no city like it.I love Beirut because even if Beirut is being destroyed you are still beautiful and will remain beautiful no matter how disfigured you are. .

  • I love Beirut because although we’ve been knocked down numerous times, we never lose hope…

  • I love Beirut for no reason.

  • I love Beirut for all the reasons of the world

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  1. Hello BabyCakes, Good job on the blog, keep up the good work, and welcome to the Blogging world.

    About your Post, This forward actually originated from a member of “a small world” who had answered a thread asking Why do you love Beirut? How is kept circulating around the email, is a good question. I guess interesting things always want to be shared.

    Enjoy!

  2. Thx Sita. I’ll update that post now. 😉


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