Tagged with beach

The beauty of a public beach

Lebanon is on the Mediterranean Sea.  Miles of coastline, some rocky, some sandy.  And yet, public beaches are few and far between.  There are a handful throughout the country that I’ve heard are nice and clean.  The ones that we have tried out are dirty.  Ramlet el Baida, the sandy beach in Beirut, is full … Continue reading

Second summer

There’s a saying in Arabic that between October and November comes the second summer.  I don’t know if we can call it “second” summer this year, because the weather has basically been amazing for the past two months.  The sun is out, the breeze off the sea is cool and we leave our windows and … Continue reading

The dirty side of the story

And this is why we pay money to avoid the public beach in Beirut. Flush a toilet in Beirut and the waste water is piped out a kilometer into the Mediterranean and expelled into the sea. Flush the toilet just about anywhere else, however, and the waste is deposited just a few meters away, using … Continue reading

My favorites

It wouldn’t be spring (who am I kidding, it’s felt like summer for a month now!!) without paying homage to my all-time favorite place in Lebanon. Lapping waves, the smell of sunscreen, sleeping baby in my lap.  Sigh.  It doesn’t get much better than this!

Top ten blog posts

I’ll share my favorite blogs soon, but today’s list are my top ten favorite blog posts of 2012.   Some are from blogs I’ve been reading for a while, others are blogs I don’t normally read but stumbled across via facebook or a news article or who knows how else.  Some are funny, some are challenging, … Continue reading

The Lebanese Beach Scene

We’ve officially started our summer program with the girls and today was the first day of our weekly afternoon trip to the beach. With 11 girls plus Isla and 3 or 4 adults, we can’t afford to go to a private beach.   …which means we have to find public access to the sea, which … Continue reading

Lazy summer days

Summer is anything but lazy for us.  It’s actually one of the busiest times of the year. But, we did have one week in between school ending (both for the girls and the class Caleb was teaching) and the craziness of summer beginning.  That’s not to say papers didn’t need to be graded and prep … Continue reading

Winter was too long…

…and this poor child forgot the feeling of sand between her toes! (Warning to my mother:  watch at your own risk.  We might potentially maybe make her cry!)