Alien in Beirut

"Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right." Warsan Shire.

Resident of Beirut, citizen of Ireland, lover of animals, travel, cute places and the craic (having fun).

All content on this page is my own opinion unless stated or sourced otherwise.

I reserve all rights over photos on this blog, unless authorship is expressly attributed to another.

Bourj Hammoud, Beirut

My failed selfie attempt with my cat Arya.

People are always posting the cutest selfies cuddling their pets. My cat likes her distance and I respect that. 

Perhaps the Lebanese like to carelessly joke that a bomb will kill them faster than smoking but from first hand experience I have also learned that most Lebanese suffer from serious/prevalent stomach problems and today I  was reading a medical report that correlated these two factors with each other.

The report was on the role of prostaglandins in gastric mucosal protection. Prostaglandins strengthens the mucosal (the stomach lining) to protect against gastric and ulcer problems. It stated:

Cigarette-smoking, another risk factor for peptic ulcer disease, has been reported to acutely decrease gastric and duodenal musocal prostaglandin synthesis. In addition to inhibiting PG synthesis, cigarette smoke stimulates the synthesis of throboxane, a potent vasoconstrictor that also increases leukocyte adherence.”

Basically, smoking decreases the natural protective lining of the stomach increasing gastro intestinal problems, the chance of ulcers and reduced immune responses. 

The moral of the blog post: quit smoking or quit complaining about stomach problems. Chances are it is causing or making your stomach health problems worse. 

Chasing butterflies in Beirut city.

Happy Easter weekend everyone!

Never surprised by what I see at Karout Mall!

Impromtu trip to Karout Mall

That time of the year again! Because no one does a terrace like us.

I am not normally one to gush but for me my husband is the most perfect man ever! 
My work often interrupts both our lives and can consume me. As was the case this past week, so P cooked me my favorite snack; Edamame and offered me a glass of chilled Rose at the end of what was a long and very hard day.
I hope he never changes! Lol!

I am not normally one to gush but for me my husband is the most perfect man ever! 

My work often interrupts both our lives and can consume me. As was the case this past week, so P cooked me my favorite snack; Edamame and offered me a glass of chilled Rose at the end of what was a long and very hard day.

I hope he never changes! Lol!

Achrafieh

Traffic this morning was by far the worst I have ever experienced in Beirut in over 3 years living here. We sat for at least 30 minutes without moving a single inch beside the wooden bakery in Freeway.  

Then we crawled our way to Downtown only to find the army have closed off the entire area. It’s so frustrating that the politicians do absolutely nothing for this country save for obstructing Downtown when it’s in session. 

 Shy of two hours to get to work. Colleagues were sending SOS!!

How I feel on Sunday Mornings!

Poland has formally asked the Lebanese government to work towards eliminating the hunting of migrating birds as they fly over Lebanon, particularly the stork, a protected animal worldwide. Such senseless slaughter is usually carried out by brainless men/teenagers/even children who believe shooting the bird a testament to their masculinity (because they are so clearly lacking otherwise) and care little to nothing for the impact their act has on the environment. 

Birds migrating from Africa very often fly over the death trap that is Lebanon on route to Europe. This is the route the birds have taken for thousands of years but one might assume it an easier and faster task to try and encourage the birds to change their course than to change the minds of so many Lebanese who will not stop hunting until the animal is extinct. 

Regional conservationists have tried for years to enforce stricter anti-hunting laws but the Ministry of Environment has done nothing. Perhaps, at most, with upcoming elections he will make a half-ass attempt to publicly disapprove of the act. But even that is not sure.

Lebanese Selfie Song version

When P’s family were traveling to Ireland they were so worried about not been able to get ‘good’, ‘strong’ coffee they brought with them a large stash of coffee from Lebanon. I have previously brought Arabic coffee home so my family presumed they were referring to this but anyone who knows the Lebanese knows they were of course referring to Nescafe. The ‘coffee’ the Lebanese cannot live without. 

Having said that, my own mother just messaged me asking if Lebanon has fresh milk because they want to bring Irish teabags with them when they visit. The Irish are the highest consumers of tea per capita in the world, and not just any tea, but Irish tea which is an extra strong brew.  

Not so different after all.

WARNING: This is a very distressing video capturing a vicious and callous attack on a woman by her husband in Saida Mall.

The husband (as named so from the title of the video) is seen repeatedly hitting his wife, throwing her to the ground and then kicking her full force in the head. He then finally throws her back onto the bench and walks away. At this point, as I watched this video my stomach flinched as I noticed the video was still only half way through. The cowardly man returns and continues his horrific and uninterrupted beating of this defenseless woman. That such could happen in a public area without a flinch of conscience from the man is a very scary indicator of what this poor woman has to endure behind closed doors. 

As his wife she currently has no protection rights against her violent husband in Lebanon. She certainly has no voice. This makes me sick to the core.