I’m in Beirut… am I?

Basically I’m here in Beirut doing AUB’s intensive Arabic program. When they say intensive- they really do mean intensive. They mean class from 8.30AM to 3.30PM and then four hours of Homework (minimum). I thought I would be here learning Arabic, seeing friends and family, going to all my favorite places but

ALL IVE BEEN DOING IS STUDYING.

This program could be anywhere to be honest, I have so little time to leave AUB I could have been taking the program in Texas. I have improved my Arabic, but the program is so focused on work and homework that I don’t get to immerse myself in the language because I’m doing fill-in the blank exercises  from a textbook. And it really takes out the fun in learning a language.

Anyways. Moral of the story, don’t take this program if you want to have a ton of fun in Beirut. Only take this program if you want to study for hours and only see a bit on the weekend.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT’S PROGRAM LET ME KNOW

Eating at T-Marbouta in Beirut, Lebanon

After the Gym I decided to eat at T-Marbouta to have sone protein filled foul. Unfortunately they didn’t have foul (what kind of Lebanese restaurant doesn’t have foul) so instead I had Fetteh and Lentil Soup. All really good. 

T-Marbouta is a really nice study space (they even have a library upstairs). They also have a nice indoors and outdoors. Definitely suggested!

fotojournalismus:

Day 4: Gaza death toll passes 100 as Israel continues assault | July 11, 2014

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | Naming the dead)

Re-blogging because what is happening in Gaza needs to be talked about. No one can afford being silent at this point.

“Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.”

- Noam Chomsky

fotojournalismus:

Airstrikes in Gaza | July 2014

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

I know I don’t usually re-blog but what is happening in Gaza needs to be talked about. The amount of biased media and lies being spread on the internet is disgusting.

(via molotovs-and-biscuits)

komfortt asked:

Hello love :) its so refreshing to see a blog like this about lebanon. I am lebanese but i developed a sort of hatred and disappointment towards my country, i got stuck there in 2006 during the war & because the government is so corrupt and it saddens me to see such a beautiful country get destroyed. Especially with the situation going on right now. So i just wanted to say your blog makes me happy and it helps me remember the good sides of lebanon since i've been living in Dubai since i was 5 :)

Hello!  I find many people have this hatred and disappointment towards Lebanon, and because of this they have no desire to ever live there and in many cases a lot want to move to the West. But yes, please don’t forget about the great sides of Lebanon. It really is a beautiful place! I honestly love Lebanon and though it does have many faults, there are many things in that country that you will not find anywhere else. 

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Interactive political and road map of the Middle East, including Lebanon and other 20 countries.

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