Hello From Beirut

Good evening everyone...It's 8pm in Beirut, and I'm sitting in one of the coffee shops close to my hotel, having dinner...

I woke up at 10am this morning after a good night's sleep, and took my time getting ready for my first official vacation day in 2013.
Around 11am, I went to one of my favorite breakfast spots in Beirut, Ristretto Cafe. I ordered the 'Hungry Pete', which is basically scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast (and a side order of bacon), and pancakes. I also had orange juice alongside the 'Hungry Pete'.

After finishing breakfast, I decided to go to the most beautiful place on Earth, my university...the American University of Beirut. The moment I stepped through the gate, I felt at home. AUB was my home for 4 years, ever since I entered as a freshman 9 years ago...
I went to the bookstore and got myself the latest issue of InStyle magazine, to keep me entertained, and walked all over campus. 
I found a bench overlooking the Mediterranean sea, and sat there for an hour or so, just watching students rushing from one class to another. I started remembering all the great memories I had at AUB as a student...rushing to class after waking up late one morning, walking with my best friends to classes, jogging at night with my roommate, sitting on the grass under the sun....so many great memories. And as I sat there today, I relived those memories. 

Later, I decided to go to one of my favorite places on campus...it's sort of an outdoor amphitheater located in the student center/gym/sports complex. I went up there, sat on the grass steps overlooking the sea and spent time reading the magazine I bought.

An hour later, I went back to my hotel room to relax for a while...before going shopping.
I shopped till I almost dropped...I went to my favorite stores, and bought the entire collection on display...and no, I'm not done with shopping yet...I'm planning to continue tomorrow morning :)

And now, I'm sitting in one of the cafes near my hotel, having dinner.

Tomorrow I get to see my best friends and I'm so excited! I haven't seen them since September when we went to Turkey together. 

Good night everyone :) and stay tuned for more updates!

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