Most of the time, you can get anything you want in your Lebanese town by walking. Need groceries? Medicine? A haircut? A mani-pedi? More often than not, everything you need is right around the corner from where you’re staying.
Honestly, the chances of getting killed by a serial killer or a wild animal while you’re out and about enjoying the untouched nature of Lebanon is so low compared to other countries.
#6 The dynamic landscape
If the previous point about THE VIEW wasn’t enough, we just have to emphasize how underappreciated Lebanon’s landscape is.
It’s not until you’re stuck driving for hours on a highway through long stretches of land that you really miss being able to see the dynamic landscape Lebanon has to offer. You can be at the coast one minute and on a mountain the next.
#7 Being present in the mighty past at any time
In Lebanon, you can literally time travel by visiting historic sites scattered across the country. It’s overwhelming to realize that you’re on the very land that ancient empires once existed. It’s almost hard to believe, but you appreciate more Lebanon’s rich history once you live far away.
#8 The daily blessing of being with family and friends
Perhaps one of the most important things people miss about Lebanon is being close to family and friends.
#9 The exciting language
When people leave Lebanon, they’re likely to notice how bizarre it is to foreigners to jump between different languages. Being able to speak multiple languages in the same sentence without looking like a fool or seeming like a show-off is simply our Lebanese culture. (Actually, you might look like a fool if you don’t!)
Sure, you can still get some of your favorite Lebanese foods outside of Lebanon, but it’s not the same, and Lebanese know that. Plus, it’s not just the street food or mezza, but good homemade meals from your teita.
Regardless of the many issues, life in Lebanon is simple. It’s not hard to pause, breathe, and find joy in the little things. And perhaps due to that, the people here seem to be more trusting and spiritual.
Surprised? Don’t be. We got to hear this from several Lebanese in the diaspora. They say missing the scent that drifts from the earth in the mornings and the scent that fills the evenings in the mountains.
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