It's a slow day today. Some are celebrating Adha, a few are celebrating Thanksgiving, and I'm preparing for Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas) next weekend.
Sinterklaas will arrive to Beirut on December the 5th. Tineke, our ‘lady of the Saint’ , had some difficulties locating a ‘Saint’ this year. Our usual man was off to Pakistan, I believe. His replacement had urgent business in Aqaba, but she managed to get hold of a ‘suitable’ Saint, and thus, next weekend, he will appear, with a big fat cross on his mitre (bishop’s hat), in front of all the little Dutch, and half-Dutch children. My swine flu victim is currently keeping me indoors, and so I’ll leave with some ‘still-lives’ of Ashrafieh.