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Dear Lebanese

Lebanon, land of geniuses. No really! I think it would take a stupid person ages to think before he manages to remember and clean road sewages from tree leaves before winter; probably a couple of years. As for us Lebanese, it’s been hundreds of years (well at least since sewages were invented), and we still haven’t figured it out (obviously!).

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Cats sick in the tunnel leading from the south to beirut


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Original comeback from Lebanese jokes

So as usual,  second rain in the year,  roads are blocked with inimaginable amounts of water and waste. And I’ve been desperately trying to get home. 37 minutes for 3.9 meters (literally,  I went out of the car to measure).

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Lebanon transformed into a huge parking

So now, dear Lebanese, I would like to explain something to you; It’s the concept of the honk: a honk is a device used only in cases of emergency, to tell the other driver you are passing him, in case another car didn’t see you, and sometimes to swear at a “conducteur du dimanche” aka dumb drivers.
Pressing your horn continuously will not make traffic disappear, or suddenly open the road for you, or even make your car grow wings to fly over so said traffic. All you’ll manage to do by that is annoy other drivers that are stuck in the same mess, get many swear words directed at you, or the finger, and of course, hurt your ear drums.

As for the water floods? I have no idea how to explain it to you, it’s logic; but hey we consider ourselves geniuses, so there is probably a undisclosed miracle that we will be able to realize by not learning from past mistakes.
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P.S: students from the Lebanese college of sciences and law; you will need your bathing suit to get to class tomorrow!

Dear readers, I beg of you to excuse the harshness of this post. But someone had to say it.

So now let’s look a bit at a few posts from Facebook. Most of them are unfortunately boring and expected:

First post nagging about the traffic (typical)
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But the second one is interesting (Translation: You kept on nagging where is the rain. Well here it is, and now you’re flooded, have a nice swim!). I agree you do have a point dear friend, but hey you’re thousands of miles away, I’m not sure you’re allowed to nag.

But this post, oh this one is an original! I simply love it. S.N my friend you have outdone yourself!
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For once someone is being honest about what should be done instead of simply nagging (Though catching a ferry to work should be interesting – I’m just saying).

So welcome to winter dear Lebanon, I hope you know how to swim!

T.

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I see civilised people!

Well to tell you honestly I usually say I see dumb people when roaming the streets of lebanon. But today I’m so proud to say they are finally starting to become civilised, though I’m just talking about car traffic, don’t get your hopes up.
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Seeing a cop give a ticket to women and men alike when going against traffic in a one way street feels great to watch; unfortunately bikers are still considered as pedestrians in this country; (add to that seeing them driving on the pavement while actual pedestrians walk on the street; considering it’s their road and getting offended when you honk- seriously?).
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Now seeing these small positive changes got me even more hyped up when I saw a cop stop a person talking on the phone while driving, and so happy that most of the cops stopped accepting bribing and flirting, Wohooooooooo!

Aaaaaaand is gone. …

Lebanese cop logic: talking on the phone while driving? Nono! It’s illegal you should get a ticket! Vs messaging or checking your Facebook while driving? Yesyes! This is safe driving!
Dear readers I’m not sure if it’s just me but I just can’t seem to grasp the logic behind that statement.
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Other than that I can say I’m finally, gladly, seeing a glimpse of a soon to be -hopefully- civilised country.
By starting with yourself others might follow, eventually. But the people who are usually an example to follow, aka cop cars,  unfortunately think they are above this law. So if they don’t do it, why should I? (Lebanese logic)

Man I love this country! (Still)

T.

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