Why I Love Beirut
>A member of A Small World, answered the question the "Why do you love
>Beirut?" as such, enjoy it!
>"I love Beirut for its opposites. 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 one can party till
>6 in the morning and not realize that it is tuesday morning. I love Beirut
>because Beirutis live as if they are going to die tomorrow and party as if
>they 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 apres 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 Christians and Muslims are living an understanding and do not need
>to have Christian Muslim understanding classes. 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
>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 them at
>their houses I just stop by. I love Beirut because as soon as I arirve at
>one of my friends houses his mom takes me to the kitchen and becomes the
>spokesperson of the refrigerator. I love Beirut because one can smell
>gardenia , and jasmine. I love Beirut because strawberries taste like
>strawberries and fruits taste like fruits. I love Beirut because the food
>is so good that one gains pounds even if she tries to lose .
>I love Beirut because although the Lebanese women at times look alike as
>some did their surgeries at the same plastic surgeon they are the most
>elegant women I have ever seen. I love Beirut because when I go out at
>night I don't know at which women to look at as each one is gorgeous in her
>wn way. I love Beirut because everyone knows me by name.
>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 ( Virgin Mary ) just like I see
>Christians. I love Beirut because we can differentiate between a Jew and an
>Israeli. I love Beirut because on the 22nd of every month I see Muslims
>going to Mar Charbel and believing that a miracle will happen.
>I love Beirut because women look like as if they are out of a Vogue
>magazine. I love Beirut because you eat to live and live to eat. I love
>Beirut because one leaves one cafe to go to another and one does this all
>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 my sister , her husband are there and my niece and
>nephew who are 5 are waiting to see their uncle. I love Beirut because my
>niece asks me to bring her a pink skirt and tells me : "I love You".
>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 a chewing 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. I love Beirut because guys go in
>with their cigars.
>I love Beirut because it has been destroyed 7 times in History andhas
>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 is a
>one way officially. 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.
>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 the city of every Lebanese. I love Beirut
>because it welcomes every exile freethinker , independent mind of the Arab
>I love Beirut because we have hundreds of newspapers and our press is
>finally Free. I love Beirut because most Arabs dreams of coming to Beirut
>and wishes his capital was more like Beirut.
>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 there
>is so much misconception about Beirut in the media and in the minds of
>people who have never visited. 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 as everyone wants to pay it. I love Beirut because although many
>whine about not making enough money everyone is living. I love Beirut
>because if I do the cross before I start driving the person next to me does
>not ask me if I fear that I'm going to get into a car accident but instead
>does his cross as well.
>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 you are always on my mind.
>I love Beirut for no reason. I love Beirut for all the reasons of the
>And another one:
>I am a beiruti
>I love Beirut with all my heart and soul.
>I love it's people, it's energy, it's unique beauty, I love so many
>I love many small parts of Ashrafieh, Monot, Abdel Wahab, Rue du Liban,
>Sursock, the trees that arc over the roads bringing shade and shading off
>rain, I love getting lost in it..I love the Corniche at dusk and dawn, the
>magnificent beirut sunset from anywhere, the AUB campus, Bliss street,
>hamra street and the smell of falafel, shawarma and sweets,
>I love that you can be stuck in traffic at 3am somewhere..
>I love how informal our darak are with us drivers sometimes..(also
>mentioned above lol)
>I love the "everything goes" attitude
>I love how I hear three langauges all the time and it's totally normal.
>E.g."Maitre, El Hseb Please"
>I love Zaatar W Zeit after a heavy night of partying..always finding a
>place to sit in that teeny place
>I love sitting at Casper & Gambini overlooking the ancient Roman Ruins
>I love Matyre Square
>I love the churches and mosques scattered around the city
>I love how complex being Lebanese is
>I love how people ALL around the world keep telling me that someone they
>know or heard of or their parents has been to Lebanon and talks about its
>gorgeousness and amazing people
>I love the mediterranean, and we will clean it!
>I love our amazing cuisine, so proud of our HOMMOS and FALAFEL and MEZA
>and the world wide reputation of our food (people now refer to Arabic food
>as Lebanese Food!)
>I love the world class rest, bars and night clubs we have. WOW
>I love the old B-018...and the new one...and the Classic one too...
>I love our new and upcoming Lebanese designers (clothes, shoes, bags,
>jewelery)... and their gorgeous little shops..
>I love Sour, Saida, Jounieh, Tripoli, Baalbak, Chouf..
>I love the smell of the city after the rainfall, and the spring smell of
>gardenia...or the boys who sell you gardenia necklaces at traffic lights..
>I love how we get wild flowers growing everywhere in sprint, red, white
>I love the energy of the people, their eternal optimism, faith in their
>city and country, resilience, passion, love, hospitality..
>I love you and will see you soon beirut...