Happy Birthday to me!!! if there is anything that this trip to Lebanon has taught me, is to roll with the punches. I am usually really good with sticking to my planned itinerary and ensuring that everything I want to check out has been explored but this time around, circumstances beyond my control totally shifted my plans. The places I wanted to check out were closed due to bad weather so there was nothing I could do about it. My Airbnb host with whom I have managed to bond with, invited me to meet her friends and hang out so that we could have a relaxing day driving around the mountains and checking out cool places.
I took her up on her offer and had the best time ever! her friends were super cool and we got on so well that they want us to hang out again before I leave. I actually got a request to extend my trip but I can't because bills have to be paid and money made so I have to go back to work........unless I win the lottery. I was impressed by how chill I was about my plans not going as expected, I took everything in stride and actually had a good time. Normally I would be so upset but I put things into perspective and realized that within the few days that I have been here, I have seen and experienced quite a lot and I have had a pretty good time despite the challenges that are going on in Lebanon. The new friends I have made have had a positive impact and showed me so much generosity and I can honestly say that I couldn't have asked for a better birthday. Here is to turning a year older gracefully, rolling with the punches and making meaningful connections with other people. Ooh! and enjoying some of the most delicious Lebanese dishes.