Beirut and Baalbeck Action
I had booked flights so that my last nights in Lebanon would fall on a weekend in order to experience the famous nightlife of Beirut. I asked a local Lebanese girl to show me around, which she said that she happily would. Not did I know that she would drive me and my friends from Beirut Hostel all around the city and insist on paying our drinks in all places we visited. The Friday night was well finished in BO18 a club where the roof suddenly was rolled away to reveal a beautiful starsky over us. Saturday night we went to the Grand Factory where we got to go backstage talking to the famous French DJ Miss Kittin.
I had booked a day trip to Baalbeck from Beirut the next morning which had gotten cancelled last minute. I was on my own and had to take local buses as I would not want to leave Lebanon without seeing it’s most famous attraction. On the way there were lots of military checkpoints where the soldiers came into the bus and wanted to see our passports. The situation had escalated over the last days and I had decided to make it a quick visit to only see the Worlds biggest rock and the historical site of Heliopolis. I insisted to the bus driver to take me all the way to the gates as the city itself was not very safe. A few months ago it was tried taken over by the Islamic State and today it was the base of Hezbollah making it a target. When safely inside I heard an explosion following two-three minutes of intense gunfire before it got quiet again. When asking the people working there they said it was normal to hear gunfire, but that it was completely safe at the site. The huge area was all sealed off and guarded and the Roman ruins inside were just incredible to walk around and look at. Flying out to Jordan the next morning I had a feeling that I was happy with what I had experienced during my days in Lebanon and was ready to get out.