Arrived Safely in Beirut - Day 1
After 19 hours of uneventful travel we arrived safely last night at about 9:00 PM (2:00 PM Saturday afternoon EST). Our travels through Toronto and London went very smoothly other than the fact that we needlessly went through British Customs only to turn around and go back through security to get to our flights. The only problems is that every time I got through security, thanks to my metal hip, I set off alarms and then need a full body pat-down. The Air Canada plane was very plush. First class was exceptionally comfortable looking and was hard to walk through seeing the passengers in full recliner mode and their feet up. Even our class was relatively classy with usb jack to charge our electrical toy of choice and a 110 volt outlet to keep the computer charged. The choice of personal movies was almost unlimited. I watched 127 hours (much better than anticipated) and The Fighter (outstanding). Our flight from London was late and as a result we were late arriving in Beirut. As usual we were exhausted but weren't too hungry as the airlines kept us well fed. We got to our apartment, got a late snack of local tangerines and apples and watched Aljazerra (English version) news to see the latest regarding international events. Certainly news of demonstrations in Syria to the North and Israel's bombing of the Gaza are of concern but not so much that it impacts day to day life here. We were asleep by 10:00 PM. The first sleep in nearly 24 hours was appreciated. I slept through the night, woke up at 8:00 AM had some breakfast of cereal and went back to sleep until 1:00 PM. We then took a walk and bought some groceries and tonight we will go out for dinner with our host Nayla. Tomorrow we do a series of classroom observations. It is always fun to see how the teachers have taken their new found knowledge and skill and applied it. That's it for now.
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