As whirlwind trips go this was right up there.
Several months ago I received an email asking me if I would go to Lebanon and lead an inter-university land art competition. Correspondence with the organisers rumbled along in the background in the intervening time and then all of a sudden it was arranged, tickets were booked and we were going.
A month ago, the morning after the horrifying terrorist attack in Manchester, we drove to the city to catch a plane to Heathrow and then on to Beirut from there.
The FCO travel advice was a little hair raising in part what with Lebabon bordering Syria but I've been to places considered risky before and knew that sometimes the worst case scenario is painted and the reality is somewhat different. But there is always a little trepidation when travelling to somewhere new and in the mind of someone from the UK Beirut will always be associated with the kidnappings of Terry Waite and the others many years ago.
I'm pretty open minded though and was very grateful for the opportunity to visit somewhere completely new and learn about their culture.
After a little banter with the immigration officials that we should be staying for at least a month instead of a couple of nights we emerged from Beirut airport into torrential rain. Everyone we spoke to assured us that it shouldn't be raining for at least another 8 months!
Instagram has quite a short limit on how much you can write and this story continues on. If you wish to read on please have a look at my Facebook page. I post different things over there to here. Here is only about how quaiy images, Facebook is more a blog with more details about what I've been up to.
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