October 19, 2011

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All Roads Lead to Lebanon: Part 1

All Roads Lead to Lebanon: Part I “Me and my brother against my cousin. Me, my brother and my cousin against the stranger.” –       Bedouin Proverb    Confessions of a Micro State The victim of geography, Lebanon seemed fated to irritation even at birth.  When the borders were carved out of Greater Syria the balance […]

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October 10, 2011

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At the Border: Heaven and Earth, Lebanon and Syria

At the Border: Heaven and Earth, Lebanon and Syria “A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?” –       Khalil Gibran Finally, the university […]

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September 30, 2011

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Walking the Green Line

Walking the Green Line The Show Must Go On Life in Beirut always persists, it adapts when necessary but pushes on. Even during the civil war the Lebanese managed to find some normalcy, occasionally maneuvering past snipers like traffic around construction. Somehow people have learned to persevere, so no matter how difficult my classes are […]

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September 16, 2011

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Where The Wild Things (Really) Are

Where the Wild Things (Really) Are   Okay, pop quiz, look at the picture above, where am I? A)   Bonaroo Music Festival B)   Hell’s Hippie Colony C)   Grateful Dead Cover Band Show D)   A Psychedelic Rave, in the Forest, in the Mountains, in Lebanon, in the Middle East Yeah. Seriously. It’s a 4-day long rave […]

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September 11, 2011

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Brains! Brains! Brains!!!

The End of Summer       The Middle East has always seemed liberating in that you never have to plan for the weather. My neighbors and I decided to spend our last day before class relaxing at a beach toward Sieda. 30,000 Leera later I was bobbing in the waves of the Mediterranean. Not only was […]

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September 5, 2011

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The Best City I almost Never Came To

When my 24 hours of travel began, the Detroit Metro was buzzing with people of all body types from all over the world. The people watching had never been better, families were reuniting and splitting apart, ending journeys and just beginning them. On my flight to Paris I noticed that the crowd had become significantly […]

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August 29, 2011

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Finally on the way

I don’t know for sure, but this is probably what it feels like to get married. This morning, the morning of my flight, I awoke with a surreal mix of both excitement and apprehension. Today marks the fruition of a year of planning, paperwork, and vaccinations. Getting to this point has been a sort of […]

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April 25, 2011

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Beirut Bound

Just bought a roundtrip ticket for Beirut, Lebanon leaving August 30th and returning December 16th

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February 22, 2011

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Foot In The Door

Woke up this morning to find my Lebanese American University Acceptance letter in my inbox! —————————————————————————————————————— Date: February 22, 2011 To: Scott Alexander Preston Dear Scott, Congratulations! You have been accepted to the Lebanese American University, SINARC (Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture) FALL 2011 Program. It is our pleasure to welcome you […]

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