A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

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

Isn’t it romantic? (ii)

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on March 28, 2007

The other day I took a phone call while visiting an office in Beirut’s downtown. Having seen the office staff take their mobile phone calls out to the upper level balcony, I did the same.

After closing the door behind me I turned to find myself overlooking the Roman ruins undergoing semi-excavation on the east side of downtown’s Place de l’Etoile.

Where are you now? my caller asked.

After hearing my description of the view,  my caller’s Lebanese side emerged in full force. It sounds very romantic.

Ah, I thought. There’s that word again. (See Isn’t it romantic? for y first take on the Lebanese use of romantic.)

It was a beautiful view, and I did try to consider it romantic, in a standing-alone-rather-than-in-someone’s-arms way.

However, I soon tired of the rather strenous task of whispering sweet nothings in my own ear, and went back inside. I think I’m just too American to be a Lebanese romantic.

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