runningoutofmydreams asked:

Where do you stay when you travel to Beirut? My grandmother lives in Tyre, so when we travel as a family that is where I usually stay. However, this winter I will have graduated from University and want to spend some time in Beirut. Where do you suggest?

Hello! 

Well when I lived in Beirut in 2011, I first stayed in a hotel called 35 Rooms off Hamra and after we stayed in an apartment that we found through a friend. This year I lived in the AUB. It honestly depends on how long you are staying, where you want to stay in Beirut, and how much you want to pay. For some basics: 

I suggest airbnb:

https://www.airbnb.com/s/beirut?source=bb

There is this facebook group called “Beirut apartments” that could also be helpful.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/beirutapartments/

And honestly when you are walking around Beirut there are a ton of sign for flats for rent, and quite a few hostels that when you google they come up! 

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)