LAST DAY IN LEBANON – Sunday November 6th 2011 DAY

I Love Lebanon

We got to the airport about  2am after spending the evening with Talal and Neena. Talal drove us to the airpot. We went to a club. Was the beginning of the Eid so every one was out partying. Such a fun time. I was exhausted with no sleep the night before and the thought of flying home and leaving this wonderful country and wondering if I would ever get back again. I felt so sad. Lebanon has stolen part of my heart. We met wonderful new people.  We touched family and friends from the past. On arriving at the airport we ran into Maroun Khoury from New Bedford, MA. The saga of Walid knowing everyone on the world goes on.  Met 2 girls from San Diego at the airport too. They are from Escondido. Small world. The flight from Beirut to London, just great. Beirut took all our luggage  and no extra fees.  Maroun sat in front of us.

 

Left London with no problem after spending some time talking with Maroun. He left for Boston and we went on to New Jersey. How I hate Newark, New Jersey . Every time I have ever flown into there, there has been a problem. We missed our flight to San Diego. They are so unorganized and rude. We had a 3 1/2 hour  layover and missed the plane.  They sent us to the wrong gate 2x. Then were putting us on stand by. Can you imagine on a Sunday night. Plus was the night of the NY run. Totally exhausted and not seeing straight. Walid finally convinced a nice English girl that if his wife was unhappy so was he and that was not a good thing. We immediately got on a flight. I do not know this girl but will be forever grateful. We arrived home at 9pm. Lucy picked us up and we finally got home to our own bed.  With the time change we had been up the equivalent of about 32 hours  straight.

 

Our wonderful perfect trip is over. Back to reality that is life at home. I thank all the wonderful people who made this trip my gift to my husband. But I cannot wait to return. To this magical country called Beirut where modern life reels with the ancient foundation of the world.

 

Lebanon: The Trip of Our Dreams- One day at a Time

Thursday October 20th 2011

First day of trip.

Got a very early start this morning after very little sleep. Went to bed after midnight. Was up at 2am and again at 4am as Walid was taking a shower. Gus Hernandez picked us up at 5am and we were on our way to Lebanon. Got to the airport in plenty of time. At check in we discovered we had an extra case that cost us $70-. Am thinking maybe Margo can use it. No need to bring it back. Our flight to Newark left at 8am. sharp. We did finally get seats together. Glad of that. Kind of got a chuckle they gave me a handicap spot. Flight was uneventful. Had a hamburger in Newark. Called Renee, Dolores and Mark. Texted Lorna, Lucy and Gus to say we were fine. We boarded for London just in time. At 6:15pm the captain announced we would be leaving. Then it took another hour as some luggage was found but no customers. They had to find the luggage and take it off. Hence the time delay. Had a great supper after finally getting up in the air. Took a nap and watched a movie “A Fish Named Wanda”. Quite cute. We flew at about 32oo feet. The outside temperature was -40degrees. We are about half way across the Atlantic near Iceland. We have about 3 hours to go to get to London.