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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Thursday, October 26, 2006  
    Just got back from my first visit to the north in over a year and since the war.
    Thankfully I missed the monster traffic jam that has been the lot of everyone travelling to and from the north since the wartime destruction of nearly all the country’s infrastructure.
    But I got a chance to see what was causing the traffic jams – bombed-out bridges and roads under repair necessitating snakes and ladders-type detours, deviations etc.
    One part of the old road just north of Jounieh was particularly bad – nearly the entire road was blocked by some gigantic piece of road building machinery so cars had to, when directed by a soldier, mount the curb one by one via a small ramp and drive straddling the curb and the road for a couple of meters to get past that part of the road.
    I can imagine that that would create a major bottleneck if there was a lot of traffic.

    Yesterday was the last day of the Eid el Fitr.
    My cousins were, as always, complaining about having to go back to school.
    I pointed out to them that this holiday, like any other Muslim holiday, is a complete bonus as it has nothing to do with them, so they should be grateful for this freebie just as I suppose Muslim kids should be when they get Christmas, Easter and other Christian holidays off.

    12:30 am

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