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Beirut As I Know It (video)  
User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1803 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

I have always wanted to make a video of beirut and what I like about it.
Now time is running short... So I just quickly made one just from driving from my home to the McDonalds.

Hope one day everything will be ok again and I'll be able to make a video of all the rest, the people, the clubs, the nature...

enjoy




rolf
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User currently offlineSolarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Thanks for sharing that nice video. The way people drive I found very interesting  Smile

User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1803 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

BTW the conversation between me and the drive-through girl goes like this:
Her: Are you leaving the country?
Me: Yeah?
Her Are you going to leave the country?
Me: Uh Yes but now now
Her: Leave, it's better

Also note the 2 syrian taxies ( the white and the yellow old american cars ) at 3:24



rolf
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

Great video.
Driving is a bit werid there aint it lol.

Hope to see more once all that is going on has been settled


User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1803 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Quoting Trekster (Reply 3):
Great video.

Thanks  Smile

Any feedback is appreciated.



rolf
User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Nice video. Incredibly calm, can't tell from the video if anything is wrong over there. Hang in there, while I don't see one Arab or Muslim country stepping up asking to cut the crap, I say Lebanese people may not have the idea of what over whelming majority of people support them. Hang in there!!!

User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

The driving was totally scary but I enjoyed the video!

(BTW, is it normal to just make left turns directly in front of oncoming traffic?) Wow!



Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
User currently onlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3810 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

It's interesting, the more photos / videos I see from Beirut, the more I want to visit Lebanon. (Or the more I regret that I haven't visited Beirut before the invasion). From all I can see and read, Beirut must be an incredibly vivid, beautiful and interesting City with a unique atmosphere.

I'm afraid the region won't be safe for tourism for years to come.

I'm really on nobody's side in this war, in my opinion both sides have done terrible things.

It's so absurd that this war isn't about land, resources or money, but about religion, which is supposed to teach us to love and peace.

Oh how beautiful the world would be if we'd all get along as friends.

(Cue the "keep on dreaming, hippie" comments)

Soren  santahat 



All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

A couple more questions-

What song did you set that to? I can't get it out of my head now!
Also, what are conditions like there? Is it hard to get out now, are the roads crammed heading to Syria? It would be nice to have a first hand news source and not just what the news is telling me..

Be safe and take care!



Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
It's so absurd that this war isn't about land, resources or money, but about religion, which is supposed to teach us to love and peace.

Most wars are about power and influence, and this one surely counts as that.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

Great video, the driving style is pretty impressive.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
It's interesting, the more photos / videos I see from Beirut, the more I want to visit Lebanon.

I wanted to visit BEY since I saw this thread: Beirut From A Tethered Gas Balloon At 150 Meters (by BA Jun 28 2006 in Non Aviation)

As I wrote in reply #4 of the aforementioned thread, I wanted to go to BEY after the World Cup (i.e. now) and I already looked for flights. All airlines had either pretty high fares or retarded flight times (e.g. 18 hours stopover at CDG, etc.), I am so glad that I didn't book a flight and that I am not there at the moment.

Patrick

[Edited 2006-07-15 23:00:01]

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1696 times:

The traffic there looks pretty dangerous :P

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
I'm really on nobody's side in this war, in my opinion both sides have done terrible things.

 checkmark 

[Edited 2006-07-15 23:45:30]

User currently offlineBlrBird From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Quoting Rolfen (Thread starter):

Nice video and awesome background music! Looks like a cool place, I have thought about visiting BEY for a while, never happened but one day I'll make it there.

Take care and keep us updated.



from star dust....
User currently offlineThereAndBack From Turkey, joined Aug 2005, 699 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1659 times:

It looks really pretty.
Great video.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1656 times:

Reminds me of driving in Brussels and Paris.

Mark


User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1641 times:

Brilliant video! Can't wait to be back


Happy -go- lucky kinda guy!
User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1632 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
the more photos / videos I see from Beirut, the more I want to visit Lebanon.

I second that! Wouldn't be nice to be on the first flight landing in BEY once the airport is open and running again?

Good luck Rolfen and take care.


User currently offlineFiveMileFinal From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1632 times:

Nothing like getting it from the front lines for real. Welcome to my RU list.

Bonus props for the house tracks  Smile



You goin'? We fly you dere! You been? We done already flew up in dere!
User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1803 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1622 times:

Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 6):
(BTW, is it normal to just make left turns directly in front of oncoming traffic?) Wow!

What you saw is normal driving  yes 
I remember once a relative who lives in the state decided to rent a car and drive in lebanon.
At the first crossing he was confronted with a similar situation, and he froze for 5 minutes, causing a long queue behind him, before finally gathering the guts to move on.

It's just a matter of slowly going forward, feet by feet, until an oncoming car slows down for you.
Cars here dont stop, they just slow down, and that's your cue to go forward. If you dont, they'll just pass you. It's quite competive driving.



rolf
User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1803 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
Oh how beautiful the world would be if we'd all get along as friends.

really  Smile

Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 8):
What song did you set that to? I can't get it out of my head now!

It's the first track of this mix.
You can also download the mix on the link above.

Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 8):
Also, what are conditions like there?

The roads are empty as soon as the sun sets...
All nighlife spots are totally deserted, it's a strange and very depressing (for me) sight. To spare electricity, parts of the public lighting are not lit at night.

We hear explosions in the afternoon and at night, but there's no danger whatsoever in my part of the city. They are just bombing part of the south-west suburbs, around the airport. It's a tragedy for the civilians who live there.
We still get decent electricity. Other then that, the daytime (work, etc..) is more or less normal.

Thanks so much for the positive feedback  yes , I'll definitely make more (and better) videos when the time is right.



rolf
User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Quoting Solarix (Reply 1):
Thanks for sharing that nice video. The way people drive I found very interesting Smile

ROFL! Welcome to the Middle East... Lebanon is the worst in the entire Arab world, probably as a result of two decades of lawlessness during the civil war. To Lebanese people, a traffic light is nothing more than a yield sign. I don't like the way people drive here in the US... its too organised and not chaotic enough  Silly

Here's a view of a big part of Beirut seen from the town of Brumanna... Brumanna High School in specific, I was in that school for 3 weeks in a summer camp back in 2003:


As I have said before, Beirut is my favourite city in the entire Arab world... I hope its fate isn't the same as it was 20 years ago.


User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 41
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1575 times:

Excellent video, thanks for sharing; you wouldn't believe that Beirut is under seige!

BTW, can't believe you went to McDonalds when there is a Burger King just around the corner!  Silly

Sean



Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man... Landing is the first!
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Quoting Rolfen (Thread starter):
driving from my home

thanks for that video ! btw, I remember some of the small streets from my stays at the Versailles + Mediterranee Hotels. Do you live in the Hamra ?

Quoting Solarix (Reply 1):
The way people drive

I liked it when visiting Beirut. It is NOT as stubborn as in ZRH but not as chaotic as in Cairo.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 10):
the driving style is pretty impressive

but please do NOT copy it when coming to the ZRH-meet. ZRH-policemen do NOT like it !


User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1592 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 7):
It's interesting, the more photos / videos I see from Beirut, the more I want to visit Lebanon. (Or the more I regret that I haven't visited Beirut before the invasion). From all I can see and read, Beirut must be an incredibly vivid, beautiful and interesting City with a unique atmosphere.

Second me on that. Hopefully I'll get there one day!



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