11.08.2010 28 °C
Well, it's our last day in Lebanon. It's bitter sweet. We had a lot of fun, but I really am missing Houston. So overall, I'm ready.
The last time we came to Lebanon, 7 years ago in case you forgot, we did not have a good time at all. We were stuck in a village where we saw almost no one for a month. It was depressing really. It was also hard to do things because we couldn't all fit in one persons car and it was hard to find someone else to drive another car with us. We have been resistant to come back because last time was so horrible. Everyone that would come back from a vacation in Lebanon would tells us that things have changed and we should really go and see it. But we made up our minds that Lebanon was boring.
This time my dad really wanted us to go and see for ourselves. Since we are older, and wiser, maybe we appreciate it more. So we decided to try it out. If you have been keeping up with our blog you probably have noticed that we have done a lot of things. Also, that we have been having a lot of fun this time. I don't want to minimize what our entire family has done, but honestly, if it wasn't for our cousin, Elie, we probably would not have had as much fun. Our family tried, but it's hard when they have their kids and jobs to do things with us.
Elie took time off from his work and planned a whole day of things to do. I mean seriously, we'd wake up around 9:00 am and not come home until 10:00ish pm. It was non-stop. He is studying Food and Beverage Management so he knew of all the good places to eat every city we went to in Lebanon. Not just that, he knew so much history of each place we went to. So as we drove from place to place he would teach us about the different sights we passed by.
People knew that last time we didn't enjoy Lebanon as much so every time they saw us they'd ask if we were having fun. Once we told them all the things we did they were shocked. They said that he took us to places they had not ever seen or heard of. We started to know more about Lebanon then the people living there. When one of our cousins took us to Byblos we were her personal tour guide. We showed her the different churches and the fort. She was surprised that Lebanon had so much history.
We didn't know how to thank Elie for all the great things he showed and taught us. Without him our trip would have been just like last time, boring. So Elie, thank you, although that is not enough to show our gratitude. We really do appreciate you taking time off of work and with your friends to show us our country. It is because of you that we enjoyed our trip this time. WE LOVE YOU COUSIN!!!!