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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, January 31, 2008  
    Just got back from my walk to Jounieh.
    Lebanon has been enduring a patch of particularly cold and stormy weather but the show must go on so it was business as usual with my walks*.
    Not business as usual for the taxi drivers though, one shark wanted to charge me fifteen thousand lira because ‘’it’s snowing up there’’.
    I told him that I had just walked down from ‘’there’’ and he smiled at me as if to say ‘’respec’’.
    The second taxi driver I flagged down (who I eventually agreed with) asked me what the roads were like up there.
    I replied that I’d just walked down (my stock answer this evening) i.e. if I can walk down those roads then you can surely drive up them.
    The roads weren’t too bad because even though it was snowing** lightly it was raining too so the snow was being washed away although the roads were covered with snow for a while in the late afternoon.

    *I didn’t go for walk yesterday because it was particularly stormy as opposed to today where it’s settled down and is just cold.
    Walking in fifty kilometres per hour winds is counterproductive.
    Even my rain suit wouldn’t do in that sort of weather – I’d need a suit of armour for that.
    **The Eskimos might have two hundred words for snow but I’m a sand nigger so I only have one word for it.
    Although it wasn’t the kind of snow that you’d get in Alaska, it was still snow albeit light snow (quite rare so close to the coast).

    12:30 am

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