My Home Away from Home

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It’s funny how things change when you least expect them to. I came to Lebanon as a foreigner and I am leaving it (temporarily) as if I have been living here my entire life. I would have to admit that it was scary at first, moving countries and starting a whole new lifestyle but I guess change is good eventually, right? In my case it was a dramatic change but I am definitely grateful.

I’m grateful for all those who have entered my life and changed it completely, I am grateful to the friends I’ve made, whom without I don’t think my freshman year of university would have been the same, I’m grateful to those whom I’ve shared laughs, tears, anger, and happiness with. To countless times spent in the mornings talking about the nights before, to the countless times we’ve enjoyed that little pub down the street just because it became our little haven and our home away from home. I am grateful to the people who have entered my life and even to those who have exited it. Even though, they can no longer affect my decisions and I, they have influenced me in a way that can only better my future and of whom to trust.

I have learned so much from so many people; to trust and be trusted, to open up even when situations test me otherwise, to look at the brighter side of things even when they can’t look any worse, and to appreciate everything and everyone around me. To appreciate how early this city wakes up every single day with its rustling and bustling noises, to appreciate the kind hearted and genuine kindness of this culture, to appreciate their ability to forget the world and just have fun. I am leaving Lebanon and after only spending 9 months in this country I can proudly say I fell in love. I am in love with this city. These people. This life. I fell in love with what can happen and what cannot happen here. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all those I’ve met and I hope that I have made a big enough influence to you as you have to me.

Till we meet again,

P.S: To those that think I’m leaving for good, I’m not! Just for the duration of the summer. 🙂