Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hello! Guess Where I am?

That's right, my friends. I'm in an internet cafe in Batroun, Lebanon with a bunch of teenagers who are IMing and who marvel at my typing skillz. So far on this trip I have:

  • Eaten many fish served with the heads on.
  • Eaten raw things, livers of things, octopus, etc.
  • Discovered that my favorite flavor of ice cream is Ashta, which does not exist in America, as far as I know.
  • Discovered that no matter how awesome the circumstances and beautiful vistas, I can be counted upon to fall asleep during drives through the mountains. Any mountains. It's like driving + mountains = cryptonite of Dr. Crazy putting her into a narcotic-induced slumber.
  • Been to: Jeita, Baalbeck, the Khalil Gibran museum, Harissa, St. Charbel's place, the Cedars, Byblos, Moussa Castle (quite probably the weirdest museum in the whole world, which I will discuss at length upon my return), swimming in the Mediterranean.
  • Have made strong progress on becoming the Tannest Crazy in the World, without getting a sunburn except for an unfortunate incident at the Cedars involving no sunscreen and a purse strapped agross my chest. Not pretty, though it didn't really hurt and wasn't horrible - just the weird purse-strap sunburn of stupidity is always annoying.

I also have had a good time with G., although I am ever more certain that my mother cannot come here with him without me. It takes a LOT of patience to deal with him (esp. when one doesn't know arabic and he conveniently ignores the fact that the person he's brought with him might need a translation every now and again.)

Ok, enough for now. More when I'm back stateside. (And yes, I'm now feeling all patriotic and like I love the U.S.A., as I do every time I travel. I kind of suck, I think, but dude, America really is pretty great.)

I hope all is well in blogworld! I don't dare open my bloglines for fear of being entirely overwhelmed!


The History Enthusiast said...

I always get sleepy on trains. When I lived in England I would take them frequently, and there were several times that I missed my stop (by quite a ways) and had to backtrack.

It sounds like you are having a blast! I would love to see pictures sometime, after you get back.

Nik said...

Ayeio, so good to hear from you from your far away land. I kept checking in on the off chance. Go raw liver eating! Sounds like a great adventure.

Andrea Turpin said...

Anjaad, shu heluuuu!!! Fantastic, I'm so glad you're having a wonderful time. THAT MUSEUM IS ABSURD! But the Cedars... I love them so. Can't for you to discuss, both in words and in pictures.

Anonymous said...

i heard baalbeck is good.

Doctor Pion said...

I Googled the Moussa Castle and (1) there is a Wiki entry waiting to be written by you on your return and (2) THAT IS FREAKIN AWESOME!

It appears to rank right up there with the Winchester House.

Anonymous said...

Sausage I gave you a blog award. It's on my blog. Hope you're having fun!