mapping Beirut – for the rebar bride & groom
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 13, 2008
Yesterday I had lunch with K, the rebar bride-to-be, after our respective Saturday morning grooming double-headers (me: face & nails; her: face & hair). The rebar fiance was scheduled to arrive yesterday evening, and she was hoping to buy a map of Lebanon to help orient him.
I have multiple maps of Lebanon, none of which I use, because I travel around the country exclusively as a passenger. So K stopped by my apartment after lunch and I sent her off with assorted maps and guidebooks.
(And yes, don’t worry – I sent her off with current guidebooks. I plan on attending their wedding, and I do not want to be introduced there as Diamond, the one who sent us off to drive through a war-torn country armed only with a 1965 guidebook.)
They’re off to Baalbek today, hopefully wandering around the ruins as I type. And when they return, I hope they enjoy watching the YouTube video below as much as I do. Its an oldie (at least in internet terms – December 2007) but very much a goodie: the travails of a young Lebanese man trying to reconcile his map knowledge of Beirut with locals’ street knowledge. In other words, he uses streets – they use landmarks. Its a total hoot.