- My visits to Nahr el-Bared Camp, in which I was able to finally comprehend how whacked out the whole situation really was
- Seeing Deep Purple play in Baalbeck for my birthday last year and going back a few weeks later to see a performance of La Traviata
- My ever strengthening relationship with El Dorado
- My wonderful holidays in Istanbul (a foodie's delight), Egypt (magic!) and Syria (particularly the successful second attempt!)
- My relationship with Shwarma Man
- Seeing the south of Lebanon with my Palestinian family, and when Julie came to visit me!
- Living beside the Mediterranean
- Meeting David Morrissey!
- My rescue cases
- Starting to rewrite my novel
- Seeing the snow falling on the famous cedars
- Discovering the delights of Tripoli, and feeling very happy with the decision to live here rather than Beirut
- YASSMIN'S COOKING!!!
There will be many things I will miss about living in Lebanon: how cheap everything is; the sound of the call to prayer coming from 4 different mosques; the food (my god, the food!!); and most importantly, I'll miss all the friends I've made this year - those who've left me behind, and those I'm leaving behind.
There will also be a number of things I will not miss about living in Lebanon: boys and their noisy cars/motorbikes/soccer games/fireworks; masturbating men; judgemental and nosy neighbours; the pollution in the sea in Al Mina; taxi drivers who try to rip you off; and the fact that Shwarma Man wasn't open on Sunday nights!!
But even among the difficulties, the ups and downs, it's been having such a supportive group of friends here to keep me entertained and my spirits up when things were bad that has made all the negatives seem a little less bad. I can only hope that wherever I end up next there will be a group of people who are half as nice! And of course, I can only hope that my next job will be more professionally rewarding!
So on that note, if, after all the wonderful things I've told you about my job, you'd actually like to do something quite similar, my position will be changed to a Projects/Reporting Officer in the Donor Relations Unit in Beirut. You can check out the job description here.
So now, as I ride off into the uncertainty of unemployment, I look back at my time in Lebanon with sadness in my heart, but a smile on my face for whatever lies ahead.