A Dutch parent and proud resident of Beirut has been writing this blog since mid-2005. Most of the articles are about ongoings around the city and the country.

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Civilizations tend to build on top of their previous accomplishments. At least, that was what they used to do. So there would be no reminder of what once was, unless you’d dig it up. And then you’d find the foundations, together with the kitchen midden.These days we scrape our buildings into the crust however, and leave no trace of former...

Oct 23, 2016, 10:19 AM
On Too Many Apples

It is fall, and the harvest has started. Next week, I will be picking olives (provided there is no rain), the vineyards are bustling with activity from the grape pickers, and people should be picking apples right now.Only, apples are left hanging on the trees this year. I walked by an orchard this morning, and the place was deserted. Courtesy...

Oct 9, 2016, 1:47 PM
Battle Field Archeology

A Syrian fox hole (hoel in the ground with a truck tire around it. The Mudeirej Bridge (Italian built, 44 million US$,)in the backjground.When the Lebanese government, half-wittedly, invited the Syrians in, exactly 40 years ago, in order to help out with skirmishes between christians and Palestinians, little did they know that these guys were...

Oct 8, 2016, 9:18 PM


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