After so many years in a country where the average temperature lies a good 10 degrees Celsius above the one in Holland, with clear skies, sunny days, outdoor meals with friends and family, late night dinners and sandy beaches on the weekends, you sort of lose the perpetual ‘holiday’ feeling. After all, the things you used to experience only 3 weeks a year while living in Holland, you now experience some 240 days a year.
So you tend to forget how good you have it. You tend to take for granted that you lounge the day away with friends, discussing yoga, holiday plans, work, sun tans, and other easy topics. Especially when you read e-mails and blogs of friends that are stuck in other, far away places, in the rain, in cold weather, in jobs that will grant them 10 days off with pay or in places where the beach is 6 hours away.
And so for all those poor Lebanese that are stuck somewhere overseas, living the 9 to 5, stuck in traffic jams during morning and evening rush hour, and under grey and overcast skies, where you don’t know your neighbors even though you've lived in the same apartment building for some 4 years now, here are some pictures of our arduous life in Lebanon. Eat that ;)