It’s hard to believe how much time has passed since I was in Lebanon. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday and other times it feels like it was all a dream (yes, I know that sounds cliche!). Whenever I think back to those incredible ten days in Lebanon I always have a smile on my face.
In a few weeks I will be presenting again on my time in Lebanon. This presentation will be at the Hudson Library and Historical Society on Tuesday February 5th at 7:00pm. Again, I hope for those of you in the area, you will consider attending.
For anyone who is new to my blog I thought it might be helpful if I repost the links to each blog post that I made while in Lebanon. I have included a brief summary of each one.
Oreos with the Ambassador = Pre-departure, reflection on orientation in Washington DC
Details from pre-departure = more information on our pre-departure orientation sessions
Walking Tour = Our first day in Lebanon we took a walking tour of downtown Beirut
All around Lebanon = Big day of touring including Khalil Gibran museum, the Cedars, and the Roman Ruins at Baalbek
Day 4 – Our first meetings = met with Michael Young, Hanin Ghaddar, Ousama Safa and Lokman Slim
Day 6 – More meetings = met with Youssef Fawaz from Al Majmoua (microfinance NGO) and toured American University of Beirut
Parliament Meeting = met with Simon Abi Ramia, member of Parliament and head of the commission for Youth and Sports
Tour of Byblos = visited Jeita Grotto and Byblos
Just Checking In = photos at the border with Israel and with UNIFIL
Music in Lebanon = details on Najwa Karam performance at the Achrafieh Music Festival and our visit to Skybar
Visit to the US Embassy in Beirut = details on the life of US ambassadors in Lebanon
ANERA = met with Bill Corcoran, president of American Near East Refugee Assosciation, who does work with Palestinian Refugees