29.03.2007 23 °C
Okay, so it wouldnt be a trip of mine if i didnt end up somewhere else than anticipated.
So i was sitting in the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan, doing some slight reading as my climbing buddy had already moved on to Amman, and I find out that the border to Lebanon is only an hour and a half away from the Castle Crac Des Chaviliers. Hmmm, me thinks, we have time up our sleaves....."kris"...
And the next thing i know (okay, so i did some more travelling in Jordan and Syria) we are heading to the Lebanonese border! Boy was that an interesting route to take.
We had the kind taxi driver drop us off at the syrian immigration, and then we walked to where about a thousand taxi drivers wanted to drive us to the lebanonese immigration and then through to tripolli for aprox US$22. (we had been told it was only about $2), so stubbon me decides once the police resuce us, to walk to the immigration point and the bother about the taxis after that! So pack on the back, and about 1-2km walk, we finally made it past immigration and then (not so safely) to the car of a complying taxi.
As the lonely planet guide states, there are NO road rules in Lebanon! Which means that things get a little hairy when travelling the roads.
It was a relief to get to the pension that we are staying in, their adveritsing campaign of "miss your grand ma" rings true. Its a homely little place, run by a nice couple (or maybe brother and sister, my arabic is still not the greatest ;-))
Today has been perfect whether to wander around the city, we started in the "tell square" and then headed to the Grand Mosque, where we picked up the friendly guy (once again as mentioned in LP), who deicided that it was his duty to show us his wonderful city!
So anyway, after a couple of exhausting weeks, i needed a quiet rest in the shade. So while Kris ambled through the Tripolli Citidel, I once again opened the booked to find little history about the citidel, and a mention that beruit is only an hour and a half away....hmm....guess where we are headed tomorrow.