mohammedkhairy asked: Hey! have you changed your theme? The previous was much 'easier', and I'd like to retweet your gr8 photos, can't get this option here.
Oh I didn’t even realize! I was trying to get a new look- but if you like that one better- I’ll definitely change it back, aha. Thank you so much for your input~
mohammedkhairy asked: Hey thanks so much for your support though i caught your reply just now lol. I spent the most wonderful week of my life there, my friends made me really happy and i guess i deserve a citizenship now, and hadn't had enough, im planning for another visit later this year and take a pro camera along for some serious pics and vids, i'd be happy to let u see my photos in beirut in my tumblr blog :)) would like to know your opinion
Hello, no problem! I’m glad you had such a great time :)
Yes, there are such amazing place to take pictures of! aha I’ll post your blog to mine so people can see your work - its very nice!
poupo57 asked: Hello are you still in lebanon?
Hello! No, sadly I moved :/ right now I’m living in Scotland! Why, do you like there/visit? I would love to know!
mohammedkhairy asked: Super, that's a great help with information. Actually most of my friends are located in beirut-Metn area, i can go as far as to jouniyah or aintoura. People kept scaring me of cabs and the high wagers they get (like over 10 USD from the airport to hamra st.). And as a smoker too the cigarettes will be a budget to put in mind, i hear a packet costs 10 usd. i wonder also if there are phone booths to use or any local holiday sim cards sold and how much can they cost! are u still in beirut?
Sorry for the late response!!
Well, I remember from the airport to Hamra- the taxi was quite expensive. But that is the only time when the price is quite high (its pretty much a fixed rate for all cab drivers from the airport). Other than that though, to get around Beirut/Lebanon can get quite cheap.
Also, I’m pretty sure cigarettes no too pricey! I honestly don’t know because I don’t smoke- but my dad does. When we were over there I remember it to be quite cheap!
For Sim cards, I honestly don’t remember- but I’m sure it can be cheap. The system over there is the top up system (everyone just tops up) but I don’t know how much it would cost to get a number. I’m sure its not too pricey though!
I’m no longer in Beirut, but I hope you have a greeaaat time!
youmakemefeellikeprancing asked: Hiya, just to follow up on the last question about public transport in Lebanon - were you referring to the Dawra, the busy intersection where lots of buses come & go? It's not a formal depot, more a transport hub & there's no official ticket purchasing - just ask the driver where he's going & hop on for no more than alfan lira. These buses go north of Beirut so if you're looking to go south, you need to catch a bus from the Cola transport hub on the other side of town (same process as the Dawra)
Yeah I was talking about duwwar al cola (cola round about) (دوار الكولا). And for mohammedkhairy- It’s also at the bottom of Tariq ejdeedeh. (طريق الجديدة).
Thanks for the wealth of knowledge!
mohammedkhairy asked: Wonderful pics u got there, thumbs up, Im making my first visit to beirut this month to see some old friends, and was wondering if there is cheap buses for long distance transportation, unfortunately ill be limited with a few amount of USD cuz egyptian pounds here dropped to the ground, what do u suggest?
Thanks so much! Oh my goodness, I’m so jealous you will be heading over there! When you say long distance what do you mean- Like Beirut to Tripoli kind of trips? When I was over there I think I only took one really nice bus ride that was with a trip organized by the American University.
They have “buses” in the sense that they are public vans that are not organized and have no public scheduled and pretty much go to wherever they want. I remember when I went from Beirut to Saida, we took the van from a certain spot in beirut that is like the hub of these vans (let me know if you want me to find the name of this place).
This is a bustling area where buses and taxis are all located heading to far off places, you just find one heading you the same city as you are and you are on your way! From Saida going back to Beirut, we just kept asking different vans parked at the side of the road (waiting for people) where they were going and once we found one heading to Beirut- we hoped in! My dad and I payed like probably the equivalent of three dollars. This transport is as cheap as you can get, aha.
I hope this helps! If its not what you are looking for let me know and I can try to answer again. And if you need me to elaborate more- please feel free to ask more questions!