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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Only In Liban....Again!

LRC


It was Friday afternoon, and I was on the Beirut-Tripoli highway trying to get me back home. As you all know, the highway suffer an unbelievable traffic jam, especially trying to go to North on a Friday afternoon.

I left Achrafieh round 3:00 pm. It took me more than an hour to reach Jounieh, and I just was able to pass after "Halat Bridge" conversion, so I was glad that finally I'll be able to drive my car a little bit faster as normal people should on highways.

But, and since it is Liban, you can never ask for normality! And so, my hopes were crushed near "Barbara Bridge", where there was an unexplained traffic jam. I thought to myself "God help us, I hope it is not an accident". Then I saw the "Lebanese Red Cross" flag on the highway, which made me almost sure that a huge accident just took place, and that we're stuck for good.

15 minutes later, the picture became clear. NO, it wasn't an accident causing the traffic jam. NO, it wasn't the Red Cross personnel trying to help someone that is causing the traffic jam. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the real reason, it was just...I don't know what to call it actually....

Red Cross personnel were cutting the HIGHWAY, and asking people for donations! In Europe, people pay MONEY so they can use the highway to get to their destination FAST, and here in Liban, we cut the highway for donations! As if all the usual everyday traffic jam is not enough, and as if having to spend two hours to get from Beirut to Tripoli (77 Kms in two hours!!!??), now we have to tolerate getting in traffic jam for donations!!!!

Don't get me wrong here, the Lebanese Red Cross is a great institution in Liban, and the job it's doing is enormous. And we should ALL help it, and make generous donations so that they can continue doing the great job they are doing. But it is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE TO CUT THE HIGHWAY, on Friday afternoon, so that you ask for donations. I mean COME ON!!!!

But again...only in Liban would such things happen....


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

WHATEVER HAPPENS IN LEBANON DOES NOT SURPRISE ME ANYMORE. THE ONLY SURPRISING THING WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT TOOK PLACE THAT REQUIRED ORGANIZATION, NO GREED AND COOPERATION. OTHER THAN THAT, I HAVE COME TO EXPECT NOTHING LESS THAN CHAOS BECAUSE THAT IS HOW THE PEOPLE (MAJORITY) LIKE IT, THE WAY OF LIFE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF OVER THERE.
PEACE
BUCKEYE

Anonymous said...

All I can say is only in Lebanon...
Did you hear about the traffic jam that the one and only HAIFA caused near the courtroom because she showed up with three armored vehicles and 5 body guards ? And she was there to sue Nidal Ahmadiyyeh and a singer for slander...
or have you heard about the plastic surgery loans in Leb ? they are being advertised on billboards.
Again, only in my beautiful, amazing country

Khawwta said...

Eh welcome to lebanon, bta3riff ana bimchi min bayti se3a 6 sobeh ta ma i3lak bel 3aj2a

linalone said...

IT tooks me like 3/4 h from Tripoli to Naher el Kaleb Tunnel and 3/4 h sometimes from Naher el Kaleb to Antelias Bridge...