February 2011

The Problem with Dubai

Dubai
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A metrop­o­lis is a bound­less syn­the­sis of cities and vil­lages. It often begins life as a labyrinthine castle town that evolves over time into a dense urban net­work that nev­er tru­ly reveals itself, flick­er­ing in a per­pet­u­al process of spon­ta­neous change that thrives on a high­ly errat­ic rit­u­al of destruc­tion and rebuild­ing.

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Corniche

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Parks are almost extinct in Beirut, so the best place to spend a sun­ny Sunday is the Corniche.

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A Day at a Beirut Gym

Beirut
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I need to get there. Can’t miss this one! Five hun­dred calo­ries to burn today! Then I need my mas­sage. I can’t miss that either since I already paid… COME ON!!

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The People Have Spoken

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A sin­gle voice shout­ed out. It shook a thirty-year-old rock until it fal­tered, quaked, and final­ly crum­bled.

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Skype with Julie

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Tonight I did my first ever trans-Atlantic Skype chat with my six-week-old niece Julie.

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Maybe

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A lot has hap­pened this week and now it’s time to sort through it.

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