A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

a multi-faceted look at the middle east, and the middle west

depending on one’s definition of fun: the week in Beirut

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 27, 2007

Last night I had supper with a friend who lives in Syria but comes to town occasionally. We were four, dining in a quiet restaurant in Gemmayzeh: two Americans, two Lebanese.

Midway through a supper filled with talk of the “what do YOU think will happen next” variety, our conversation hit a brief lull.

“So,” my friend asked, “did any of you do anything fun last week?”

I looked at him. I looked at the other two. They looked at him. They looked at me. We started, slowly, to laugh.

Not hysterical giggles – a big full laugh from each of us, that rose and swelled with the relief of knowing that this wretched week was ending.

“Honestly”, I finally gasped, “this really wasn’t the best week for fun”.


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