We always knew Lebanon was unique but when you stop to think about it, you realize we’re quite “special.”
There are many things that we think are normal in Lebanon but the moment we leave, we realize it definitely wasn’t. Some of the ideas in this article were crowdsourced from our Instagram followers – be sure to follow us there.
#1 Greeting people with 3 kisses
While some countries greet with one or two kisses on the cheek, or none at all, Lebanese go for three!
If you live in New York, you know how it goes. You run after the taxis for them to stop for you. If you step out of the airport in Montreal or Toronto, for instance, you know the drill. You have to wait for your turn. In Lebanon, taxis run after you!
#3 Casually running red lights
Somehow, many in Lebanon become temporarily color blind when it comes to the red traffic light.
#4 Driving without seatbelts
There are still some who don’t know what seatbelts are for….even if they have been driving for ages.
It doesn’t mean you get double-service, or twice the amount of electricity. That just means that, with or without electricity, you still have to pay two bills: One for state-run (that doesn’t run) electricity and another for the backup generator.
What to say? We do love toum and toum and more toum. Plus, it helps lower the blood pressure and, with all the continuous frustrations we deal with in the country, we do need as much toum as we can get.
#9 Saying “sorry” when you want to order something at a restaurant
It would be actually weird in our culture that children leave the family home once they are 18 or past that age if it is not to build their own families, aka, getting married. Some youth do move to dorms for university or find housing in a different city to be closer to work. Eventually, many end up leaving the country.
Shisha, or argileh, as it is commonly called in Lebanon, is accessible nearly everywhere. You can even get it delivered to your house and some people even found a way to smoke shisha in their cars! Weird, we know.
#13 Seeing army vehicles and soldiers in the streets
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