Lebanon

My Expat Life: Five Years And Counting

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Rashad Pharaon looking at a sunset from a boat on the ocean.

It’s been five years. Five long years since I’ve expatriated abroad and traveled and worked abroad. My expat life took me from the Middle East to Asia; from Saudi Arabia to Thailand. It’s hard to believe how time flies when you’re traveling, when you’re working on your own, when you’re living a very different kind… Read More >>

A Visit To Beirut, Lebanon in Pictures

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A beautiful avenue of downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Flowers i the foreground and a cafe and long street in the background.

I used to dislike Beirut, Lebanon. What I remember of it as a boy was a bombed-out, bullet-riddled city brimming with sectarian trouble. Back then, pictures of Beirut hardly appealed to me, so I only visited the city with my family to attend engagements or weddings. I remember it as a city in ruins. Remnants… Read More >>

What is the Cost of Living in Lebanon?

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Crowded traffic in Beirut.

Arabic countries in general are quite affordable, but the cost of living in Lebanon seems to totally trump the idea. The country is bordered by countries at war, such as Syria, Palestine, and Israel, so you would think the price of goods would decline. After all, tourism isn’t booming, but the changing face of Lebanon… Read More >>

My Visit To Byblos, Lebanon in Pictures (part 2)

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A beautiful tree-lined alley in Byblos, Lebanon, with a bar to the right.

A visit to Byblos (also known as Jbeil) is like fine wine; one whose pictures are later worth savoring again and again. It isn’t one of those places you can just whizz through. It actually requires concentration to process the mix of colors and people. Being stuck in Saudi Arabia for so long, it was… Read More >>

Byblos, Lebanon: A Walk Back In Time

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The citadel of Byblos, Lebanon amidst the lush foliage and surrounding city

Forget that Byblos, Lebanon is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. Forget that Byblos lent its name to the English Bible. Forget that it’s women are re-known for their divine beauty, or that it was the birthplace of the Phoenician alphabet. Byblos, Lebanon doesn’t need titles to deliver its gorgeous promise to new eyes…. Read More >>