Magida & Samira
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Today we got stopped at the police checkpoint to get into the village of Klayaa, which is bizarre because we’ve been going back and forth for a couple weeks. However, today, we got called out as Canadian immigrants and got sent back to Jbaa because we didn’t have Lebanese citizenship cards. 

Tomorrow we sneak in from another side and hope to make it to Beirut, Fingers crossed our car and names aren’t flagged. 

Please let us head home!!!

MagidaElk

Today we got stopped at the police checkpoint to get into the village of Klayaa, which is bizarre because we’ve been going back and forth for a couple weeks. However, today, we got called out as Canadian immigrants and got sent back to Jbaa because we didn’t have Lebanese citizenship cards.

Tomorrow we sneak in from another side and hope to make it to Beirut, Fingers crossed our car and names aren’t flagged.

Please let us head home!!!

MagidaElk

On the top of a Tomat Jezzine mountain (sp?) we are above the clouds right now.

On the top of a Tomat Jezzine mountain (sp?) we are above the clouds right now.

Tomorrow we head to Beirut for a few days, and then we go back to Canada earlier than we imagined. Unfortunately, we’ve been sick more than we’ve been okay. 

I’m also having some doubts on the photographs I’ve been taking, but we’ll see when I’m back. The Middle East was a bigger challenge than expected. Lots if photographic restrictions. Military folks do not like cameras.

I’m trying to think of what will be the first westernized food I will eat when getting back to Toronto. I think I either want a burrito, or a nice veggie burger with French fries and a can of Canada Dry. 


Peace & love for now 

Magida

Tomorrow we head to Beirut for a few days, and then we go back to Canada earlier than we imagined. Unfortunately, we’ve been sick more than we’ve been okay.

I’m also having some doubts on the photographs I’ve been taking, but we’ll see when I’m back. The Middle East was a bigger challenge than expected. Lots if photographic restrictions. Military folks do not like cameras.

I’m trying to think of what will be the first westernized food I will eat when getting back to Toronto. I think I either want a burrito, or a nice veggie burger with French fries and a can of Canada Dry.


Peace & love for now

Magida

Enjoying some pizza, in one of my dad’s favorite villages in Lebanon; Jezzine. We absolutely love it here, there’s so much action at night, people seem so happy here. All kinds of small shops, amazing sweets, beautiful Lebanese men/women, and fancy parties with interesting looking people wearing genie pants.

Enjoying some pizza, in one of my dad’s favorite villages in Lebanon; Jezzine. We absolutely love it here, there’s so much action at night, people seem so happy here. All kinds of small shops, amazing sweets, beautiful Lebanese men/women, and fancy parties with interesting looking people wearing genie pants.

19th century beiteddine palace

19th century beiteddine palace

All kinds of fresh nuts being sold out of the back of this car.

All kinds of fresh nuts being sold out of the back of this car.

Today was a pretty good day, we started out in ibel es-saqi, went to Saida, then back to Nebatieh. We mistakenly drove through a check point, only to make the Lebanese military laugh …..Phewf…… 
We drove through impossibly narrow streets and ran into a random stranger who happened to live in Ottawa and know my uncle. (Small world.) 
We shall see what tomorrow brings!

MagidaElk

Today was a pretty good day, we started out in ibel es-saqi, went to Saida, then back to Nebatieh. We mistakenly drove through a check point, only to make the Lebanese military laugh …..Phewf……
We drove through impossibly narrow streets and ran into a random stranger who happened to live in Ottawa and know my uncle. (Small world.)
We shall see what tomorrow brings!

MagidaElk

If only I read Arabic, I’d kind of understand where we are.

If only I read Arabic, I’d kind of understand where we are.

At last, our first American meal, bread, lays chips, American cheese and mustard sandwich. Let’s hope this cures the daily sickness

At last, our first American meal, bread, lays chips, American cheese and mustard sandwich. Let’s hope this cures the daily sickness

Today we are in Saida I think…. Check out this Roman building !!!

Today we are in Saida I think…. Check out this Roman building !!!

This whole trip has been so eye opening.I’ve never truly realized how lucky we have it in canada. As I sit in a relative’s house, looking at quick repairs of past war and remaining bullet holes on her walls and ceiling, I feel so privileged. She tells me because they didnt have enough rain there is very little water this summer. Sometimes she goes 1-2 days without water, and the electricity constantly shuts on and off throughout the day.
I’ve also realized this isnt a poor or rich thing, because as we visit another friend’s huge house and sit at table FULL of freshly made food that is being served to us by two maids, the power goes out for five mins and then turns on.I cant speak for all of Lebanon, but south Lebanon has an electricity problem. I do understand there are countries that have it a lot worse.

This whole trip has been so eye opening.I’ve never truly realized how lucky we have it in canada. As I sit in a relative’s house, looking at quick repairs of past war and remaining bullet holes on her walls and ceiling, I feel so privileged. She tells me because they didnt have enough rain there is very little water this summer. Sometimes she goes 1-2 days without water, and the electricity constantly shuts on and off throughout the day.
I’ve also realized this isnt a poor or rich thing, because as we visit another friend’s huge house and sit at table FULL of freshly made food that is being served to us by two maids, the power goes out for five mins and then turns on.I cant speak for all of Lebanon, but south Lebanon has an electricity problem. I do understand there are countries that have it a lot worse.

A lot of places in Khiem are still left in rubble from the war in 2006.    It’s crazy to see this kind of thing. #ilovecanada

A lot of places in Khiem are still left in rubble from the war in 2006. It’s crazy to see this kind of thing. #ilovecanada

My dad’s friend Zephyr reading the poem he wrote to my dad in 1968.

My dad’s friend Zephyr reading the poem he wrote to my dad in 1968.

Beautiful day in khiem!

Beautiful day in khiem!

My dad’s friend from 1968. Today we somehow tracked down a gentleman named Souad Shoufi and showed up on his door step. He’s now a retired officer from the Military. My dad’s childhood friend when he was 18 years old and hasn’t seen My dad in over 40 years. He was shocked to learn we were the kids from him, and travelled all the way from Canada to meet the people he grew up with. Thank you so much @boutrossah for helping us track him down.

My dad’s friend from 1968. Today we somehow tracked down a gentleman named Souad Shoufi and showed up on his door step. He’s now a retired officer from the Military. My dad’s childhood friend when he was 18 years old and hasn’t seen My dad in over 40 years. He was shocked to learn we were the kids from him, and travelled all the way from Canada to meet the people he grew up with. Thank you so much @boutrossah for helping us track him down.

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