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Friday, March 27, 1998
Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut, Lebanon:
Latitude: 33° 53' 58" North
Longitude: 35° 28' 40" East
Altitude: 274 feet
From Seattle: 8262 miles
Lodging: Hotel - San Lorenzo Hotel

Today's Travel:
Country: Lebanon
Region: Greater Beirut
Weather: Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 351
Linear Dist: 96662
Countries Visited: 29
Regions Visited: 112
More stats...
Hotels: 70
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 38
Hostels: 113
Transit: 32
Beers: 1439

Journal Entry:
Another night of little sleep (I think it's time to dig out the ear plugs). The drivers here never stop honking. Heard another gun shot last night. I'd pretty much convinced myself that the other night must have been a car back firing or something. No way, it was a gun: loud, quick, primal. Didn't help my sleep any.

When the alarm went off early so I could head to Baalbek it didn't take much (it was overcast) to convince me to go tomorrow. I had been planning on heading back to Syria tomorrow, but now that I'm committed to staying at least one more day (I have to see Ballbeck) I'm thinking of flying on to Jordan again. It's expensive, but it would save me a couple days, and more importantly 11+ hours on a bus.

Had a lazy day, it was overcast (but still warm) so no beach. Spent the day watching the world go by in a cafe, and had a long Pizza Hut lunch (I said it was a lazy day).

Spent a couple hours in the internet cafe again (man I'm addicted). Walking back to the hotel I passed a pub with signs advertising 2,000 lira pints (US1.30) for happy hour, so I went in and had a beer. Went back to the hotel and did laundry by hand, since they were charging between 1 and 2 dollars per piece (including socks and underware). After getting the laundry laid out around the room I decided to go back to the cheap pub I'd found. Ended up playing darts with the owner which meant free beer. Obviously it turned into a late night (got to bed after four).

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Beirut
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Lebanon
CIA World Fact Book: Lebanon

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