Sunday, September 26, 2010

An afternoon at Beirut's public beach

We walked down to Ramlet Al Baida today, Beirut's public beach. It was about a 45 minute hike through town. The beach is nicely maintained, the sand and the water clean, but it was absolutely packed! Men were definitely in the majority, and most women I saw wore the full body suits; between me in a bathing suit and our blond boys, our family definitely drew a lot of attention. However, did I stop caring a long time ago about people staring at me? Yes. Also, the stares didn't seem hostile as I have experienced elsewhere. So we had a good time. The water was really warm, and after a good swim the boys played in the sand for a long time. We had snacks, another swim and sand play, and then we walked home in time for dinner. We'll definitely do this again soon!

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