Fairuz in the morning, Um Kulthum by night

Fairuz in the morning
    “I am from Palestine, born in Jordan of course”
    Of course

    Um Kulthum by night

    “I am from Palestine, born in Jordan” – And you? – “Palestine”
    Are you all from Palestine?
    “Remember you are in Jordan” – I know

Fairuz with Nescafe
    to start off the day

    and Um Kulthum to bring on the night
    it will be a long one –

Amman, January 2020

The day we ran into Anthony Bourdain….(albeit with some reservations)

munira's bubble

….was the day Israel began to bomb the hell out of Lebanon in earnest, in July 2006.

Huz was on a ‘mission’, and Amu and I tagged along as I was very eager to see what all the fuss was about as far as Beirut was concerned, ‘Paris of the East’ and all that jazz. Not to mention the taouk sandwiches that Huz raved about from the last couple of times he’d been there.

Needless to say, I fell in love with the place, and most of all, the people. The Lebanese are just gorgeous if you ask me. Beautifully skinned, beautifully dressed (skimpy for women for a country in the Middle East, I thought) and I loved the way they spoke Arabic…and French. Hearing my own name being pronounced by an Arabic speaker was pure pleasure, and considering I wear my heart on my sleeve, I merrily proceeded to…

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