All of Life in Miniature: Reflections on 70 Days in Lebanon

Sunset in Ashrafieh, the heart of Christian East Beirut.

xhilaration with a tinge of annoyance — that’s how I would describe the first thing I felt when I arrived in Lebanon. I flew into Beirut late at night, and quickly got my first taste of chaotic Middle Eastern bureaucracy when Turkish Airlines left one of my bags in Istanbul. Unlike the airports that I was used to, Beirut’s Rafiq Hariri International Airport did not deliver misplaced…