Everyone has a story

Everyone has a story

Storytelling events serve and reflect the community. They revive traditional practice such as the Hakawatis and promote social cohesion.
We came across this interesting article in The Economist about storytelling groups in Lebanon where Lebanese of all backgrounds meet to tell their stories.

“In a society where people are defined by their differences, these stories of vulnerability and strength are advancing the search for a common ground.”

“Walking Lebanon”

"Walking Lebanon"

Discover the richness and diversity of Lebanon in this beautiful article by Warren Singh-Bartlett. Follow the writer’s incredible journey walking over 400 km from North to South on the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT).

“In the valley below, a delicate froth of fruit blossom clouded the terraces. Cherry perhaps, or apple. Maybe both. I could hear the tinkle of goat bells from somewhere below and the distant but unmistakable echo of a bus honking its horn on the other side of the valley. Wind rustled through the trees, making the mist swirl and all around, the air filled with birdsong.”

Read the full story here

 

Beyrouth à deux-roues

Beyrouth à deux-roues
The Chain Effect est un collectif qui vise à promouvoir le vélo comme moyen de transport efficace, plus écologique, sain et plus économique. A leur initiative des graffitis ont été réalisés un peu partout en ville, on peut lire sur les murs :
“Brûlez des calories et non du carburant” ou bien “Si vous aviez fait du vélo, vous seriez déjà chez vous maintenant”.
A travers le street-art, des fresques peintes par des écoliers, et des ateliers pour sensibiliser le grand public à l’usage du vélo, The Chain Effect compte bien changer les mentalités. Chapeau! Et à vos vélos!
Plus d’info sur leur page Facebook

Take a vacation!

Photo by Roland Ragi
Photo by Roland Ragi

When was the last time you felt like a tourist in your own country? You dont have to go far to take a vacation.

We are all overwhelmed by our busy lives but it's important to take a step back, take a day off and go on an adventure. With friends, with family, with your kids, on a bike, by foot or by car, get on the road and try something new. One of the wonderful things about Lebanon is that there is always a little something to discover.

From Douma to the Chouf, from Batroun to the Qadisha, from Tyre to Jeita.. many guest houses have opened their doors in recent years and offer a unique way to experience lebanese hospitality. Beautiful locations, charming decor, traditional meals, all that and much more.

More info on l'Hote libanais

   

In harmony with nature

EarthTest
Photo by NewsroomNomad

Here is a great inspirational story of a couple living with the land, from organic farming to ancestral construction techniques.

Raed Chami is a farmer with a permaculture project who's struggle to sell his crops went viral a few months ago (read here). His partner Joanna Parker is an architect specialised in eco-friendly building. In what she calls her earth-plastering laboratory, she experiments with natural building technics.

The author of the story embarked on a memorable journey and shares with us her unique experience of living in harmony with nature and learning about green earth plastering using clay, earth, sand and straw.

Their struggle is ongoing like many local farmers, especially those who refuse the appeal of industrial agriculture that comes in the form of greater profit. They live humbly and they work hard to sustain their lifestyle. Their choices are not without overwhelming benefits. They are rich in their proximity to nature, and prosperous in the simplicity of their existence. And they are made humble before the awe that is the natural world.

Read the full story here.

Read more about the couple on their blog.

 

Cyclist of Life

Cyclist of Life

Micky Chebli is a #cyclistoflife. He is turning 50 this year and hopes to fulfil his dream. Riding from Paris to Beirut in one month to raise money for 3 lebanese NGOs.

Today is the big day. This morning Micky embarked on his long journey and aims to cycle 4000 km in the next 36 days. He will cycle from France to Italy, then to Greece and Turkey. He’ll then take a boat to Lebanon and cycle back to Beirut on July 2nd.

His goal is to raise 300 000$. These funds will cover the following:

For les Petits Soleils “Free Health Care for all Children in Need” : $100 000 will cover 10 hospitalizations with surgery, 1000 specialized consultations, 1000 vaccinations, 1500 X-rays, and 500 laboratories explorations.

For Myschoolpulse “Bringing Schools to Hospitals” : $100 000 covers the education of 100 children undergoing treatment for life-threatening diseases in six hospitals.This money will also cover one-on-one tutoring, computer courses and art therapy

For Oum el Nour  “Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation”: $100 000 will cover one year of in-patient treatment and social reinsertion for 10 young men and women and design of prevention and social awareness programs

With his passion and motivation Micky is an inspiration to all of us.

Follow his journey, support his campaign.

Let’s help him help others.

 

 

 

 

 

Curious about Beit Beirut?

Photo by Beirut Report
Photo by Beirut Report
  Some years ago we were lucky enough to visit the Barakat building in Sodeco and witness a contemporary dance performance. The iconic yellow building near Sodeco square has been saved from demolition and transformed into a museum. "Beit Beirut" is the name and our friends at the Beirut Report have taken a tour and shared a bunch of nice photos including a quick video walk through. We really look forward to visiting the building ourselves and recommend you add it to your to-do-list. Read the full story here...

Visit Beirut now

Visit Beirut now

Award winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain recently talked about his fascination for Beirut. In an interview with Bon Appétit Magazine, he was asked “Where should I travel now?” and this is what he had to say:

“Beirut. The food’s delicious, the people are awesome. It’s a party town. And everything wrong with the world is there. Hopefully, you will come back smarter about the world. You’ll understand a little more about how uninformed people are when they talk about that part of the world. You’ll come back as I did: changed and cautiously hopeful and confused in the best possible way. Travel at its best defies expectations. Yes, it’s divided. There are Shia neighborhoods, Christian areas—but they all go to the same restaurants. You can go from bikinis by the pool to Hezbollah in an 8-minute cab ride. They all coexist in a weird way. That’s part of the thing that makes Beirut so interesting.

Read more here