But why do I stick around? I could go on about that one for hours and hours! It was absolutely love at first sight when I set foot on Beirut airport in January of 1990. This place felt real, absolutely real. And when, three years later, I found the man of my life, it was most undeniably to his benefit that he had this country as one of his assets.
But why do I stick around? Well, to give you a little taste of that, just take a look at what I saw yesterday while I had the day off (another benefit of Lebanon; the incredible number of religious holidays), and went for a random ride through the mountains. Pictures appear in chronological order.
We have a fantastic layered landscape, all sedimentary rock. Those layers are basically all different types of marine animals, mixed in with sea soil. Lebanon used to be a tropical lagoon, but you'd have to be into geology to appreciate that. The colors are not photoshopped; the light is fabulous at the end of the day.
Karstic rocks, they react very strongly to the acid in rainwater (some acid occurs naturally). The Hamas founder (now blown up) once instructed me on that.