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The Rough Guide to Lebanon (Introduction)

So I’m back, wish I were still there, but c’est la vie, habibi.  Lebanon and Beirut have got a lot of press in the last couple years, as parodied brilliantly on the Now Lebanon! blog:

First, I will romanticize Lebanon into a chic, post-war brand so you can buy into this cliché article about why “Beirut is back.” I will tell you that there was a 15-year civil war in the country from 1975-1990, and then contrast several buzzwords and phrases like “battered” “bruised” and “once-divided” with notions of “rebirth” “glamorous” and “united.”

As sharp as Ms Nassar is, this series shall be nothing of the sort.  Rather, it shall highlight the realities of Lebanon and how to get the most out of it.  Rule 1: develop a strong sense of patience…

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