We have been in Beirut just two weeks now. We have experienced internet glitches and run out of water. The noise from the street outside can be crazy and it is hot and humid. BUT...we are in love. Last weekend we participated in the Beirut 48 Hour Film Project. We arrived with no team, or basically no team - we had an eager helper (crucial). By Saturday morning we had a crew of 14 including ourselves, and not any crew but a crew of talented, hard working and selfless people. We can't imagine that happening anywhere else. We made a drama short without any drama! It was so amazing to work with likeminded people after so long of struggling on seemingly alone.
The places that draw us, the spaces that connect with us on a deep, primal level cannot be be explained in easy terms. The "why" is often not obvious to anyone, least of all ourselves. But here, in this place at this time, we feel like we are at "home". The next few months will be spent delving deeper into this city, its people, and its psyche. It fascinates us and its energy drives us. It was pure fate that led us to Lebanon but we are so glad that it did.
Thank you again to all the crew!