Marhaba from Beirut
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Marhaba from Beirut. That means "Hello" from Beirut.
We arrived in Beirut yesterday morning from Kuala Lumpur via Cairo. Our flight was late due to headwinds, plus an aborted landing in Cairo due to fog from 2000 ft down to ground level with visibility of less than 300m. Anyway the second sector of 1h took us over the Mediterranean giving us a dress-circle view of Beirut's landmark pigeon rock during final approach.
Taxis from Beirut International Airport is somewhat of a cartel operation costing USD25-35 for the 5km ride. With advice from the guidebook, we went up to the departure level and caught an off-duty taxi-driver who had just dropped other passengers off, and that cost us USD10. As we later found out, similar distances around town would normally cost about USD1.50.
That was a nice start to Beirut ... and we've had several pleasant surprises since then. People here are very nice - someone at the supermarket offered to let Kim through the queue before her because he had fewer items, our hotel receptionist threw in an extra breakfast upon check-in (normally you get this the next morning) with a warm "Oh yes, why not", and our minibus-taxi driver offered to take us around his hometown for free. Stop anywhere to look at a map, and someone will offer to help.