Life in Lebanon
March 31, 2009 10:24 AM Subscribe
A zillion questions about living in southern Lebanon!
I'm moving to Tyre, Lebanon with my guy in May. He's got a full-time gig, while I'm taking a sort of non-academic sabbatical to read and write and explore the area (and I feel incredibly lucky to have the chance). I've been digging up information on Lebanon and Tyre for a few months now, but thought the genius of AskMe would have some knowledge I just haven't been able to find online.
Here, then, are a bunch of questions!
- Housing: he's arriving a few weeks before me and finding an apartment. Are there any good sites you'd recommend for research or advice? I've tried to dig, but my Arabic isn't good enough yet to navigate well.
- Volunteering: I know a number of NGOs are very active in the area, and I'll have some spare time to help out. Where do you think someone who is still rather rough in Arabic and French can best help out? Of late, I'm very interested in conflict resolution - especially mediation - and social psychology.
- Travel/transportation: I'm hoping it's possible to take day trips up to Beirut once in a while. How long is the trip by minibus? Can it all happen within a day?
If you've skiied in Lebanon, what were your favorite places?
What other places in the region have you fallen in love with? We plan to visit some friends in Egypt and Cyprus and travel a lot within the general area. I know this question is terribly broad, so please feel free to run wild.
- General life: If you have lived in/visited Lebanon, what do you wish you'd known before you got there? I get the idea that women in Lebanon live relatively openly, but will I feel comfortable going for groceries or walks alone? Do you have any favorite movies from Lebanon that I could check out before I go?
If demographics help, we're white, in our late twenties, and currently live in NYC. I've done the college semester-abroad thing in Germany and traveled only a bit by myself in Europe, while he has traveled quite a bit in Europe and southern and eastern Asia. Neither of us has a super-clear picture of what to expect, so we would be really thankful for whatever help you could give.