Beirut: religion and COVID, Phoenician Wall, Rounding the Horn

March 28, 2021 One more week, one more weekend.  Not much to report. Several religious celebrations are taking place, creating the conditions for the virus to spread. Thursday was a holiday here; the Feast of the Annunciation. I didn’t teach.  Today is Sunday of Palms and the streets were brimming with Homo Sapiens. I just … Continue reading Beirut: religion and COVID, Phoenician Wall, Rounding the Horn

Beirut: a pleasant weekend, still no government, progress planning the sailing trip

Mach 22, 2021 It was an uneventful weekend. Saturday we were invited for lunch at a friend’s house to celebrate her birthday. We had home-made Lebanese food, arak, plenty of wine, and multiple desserts. We came back late and Sunday we paid the consequences.  But I did manage to go for a run at the … Continue reading Beirut: a pleasant weekend, still no government, progress planning the sailing trip

El Kfour: escaping reality, a new interpretation of psychosis, got airplane tickets.

March 14, 2020 Yesterday we moved to another bubble where we continue to scape reality.  We left the apartment yesterday, Saturday, morning and drove to El Kfour, a village in the mountains north of Beirut that overlooks the bay of Jounieh.  We are staying at Beit Trad - Guest House. It used to be the … Continue reading El Kfour: escaping reality, a new interpretation of psychosis, got airplane tickets.

Back in Beirut: lock-down, vaccines, and climate change

February 28, 2021 We arrived to Beirut on February 15, late afternoon, after a very long and tedious trip from Ecuador with scales in Atlanta and Paris. The city remains under lockdown; most businesses are closed and to go out one needs to get a permit from a government web site, indicating when you are … Continue reading Back in Beirut: lock-down, vaccines, and climate change

Casa Blanca: Missing opportunities for the local economy

January 28, 2021 We are still here in Casa Blanca and will likely stay put for another two weeks.  Beirut remains under a lockdown, apparently the most stringent in the world.  We are in the mist of the rainy season. The skies are gray and heavy, the days humid and hot, and there are plenty … Continue reading Casa Blanca: Missing opportunities for the local economy

TG, Arm, Shouf Biosohere (Cedar Forest), Deir El Qamar, Mast, Fiestas de Quito

December 6, 2020 We had a fine Thanksgiving with a few friends who came over for lunch (the lockdown started at 5pm so we couldn’t do dinner).  I was in charge of the Turkey, gravy, the stuffing and the selection of wines.  This time I cooked the stuffing separately, in a casserole. I filled the turkey, … Continue reading TG, Arm, Shouf Biosohere (Cedar Forest), Deir El Qamar, Mast, Fiestas de Quito

Beirut: A new place, a new beginning, the start of the race, update

November 8, 2020 The last several weeks, particularly after October 12, have been very difficult; a struggle.  And not because of the situation in the country, not because of the explosion and personal losses. I will only say that relationships are sometimes complicated and require infinite patience and perseverance to make them work.   Things … Continue reading Beirut: A new place, a new beginning, the start of the race, update