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When entering the minibus to Tripoli it was packed with commuters, oldies and uniformed soldiers. After a little bit less than two hours ride I entered Tripoli old town. This town is the centre of the north of Lebanon and sometimes called the northern capital. Tripoli has two city areas, the new town by the sea and the old town five to six kilometers to the east. Most of the hotels and the busstations are concentrated around the main square in the old town. When going off the bus it was very easy to find my hostel, Hotel Koura, the second cross-street of the square. The old town is built up with a system of narrow streets where you easily get lost and I spent some hours just walking around trying to find the right direction. Even after asking several people, because if you don t know arabic there are certain communication problems.
For the day I just strolled around and tasted the atmosphere in the old town. A sweet pastery here, a shave in the barbershop there and some handmade souvernir soaps from the soap factory. In the old Medina I found several old buildings, mosques and madrasas as well as very old hamams no longer in use. The Medina is a very buzzling place with all sorts of shops. After a good rest in my lovely room I entered a service-taxi that took me to the new parts of Tripoli six kilometers away from old town. You pay 1.000 Lebanese lire /0,5€/ for a service-taxi within the town no matter how long the distance is. He dropped me off by the corniche, the walk along the waterfront. It was lots of local people of all kind who took an evening stroll along the seaside. Interesting to see how some were swimming, some fishing, some eating on some candies and old men selling balloons to the children. I ended up in a restaurant and I had to ask if it was open because I was the only guest. I took a good steak and vegetables and it was very tender and tasty. In Tripoli the electricity went off now and then and that seemed quite normal.