A stroll along the Corniche

11 Feb

Last weekend was beautifully sunny in Beirut-Finally!

A sun bathed winter day means waking up early and going for a long walk/jog/push-up/stretching marathon with my friend O.

We ditched the party the night before, to be fresh/awake and wore our Sports outfits à la sporty Spice.

10:30 am-As the ritual says, we start off from Manara, next to Mc Donald’s and walk fast towards the American University of Beirut. I will skip the “you will see people from all walks of lifes talk” because we already know that. Seriously. If you go to the Manara expecting people not looking at you, not talking randomly to you or not getting touchy with you then you are delusional.

This.will.happen. And for what it is, it’s cool. Everyone seems adapted to the somewhat unusual mix of bedwins, CEOs, celebrities, tourists, young students, fit men and women, burkas, crosses and the whole pesto sauce.

Be sure to lookout for macho men getting their shoes taken care of with that orgasmic “I am so superior” glare in their eyes – it’s funny, considering the shoes they’re actually wearing.

Also if you hear a man talking REAL LOUD in English like they just landed from Brooklyn, it’s just Abou Ali; He’d be more than happy to have a convo with you and talk about American politics while making his fragrant Turkish coffee.

11:00 am O screams at me for stopping to take pictures. “Yalla JOG!” he says. 20 minutes later, we crossed the entire lower bay, and are now by the “Beirut Eye” or the kitsch and not-so-well-maintained Ferris wheel. We go up the hill (I’m already exhausted).

photo courtesy of beirutpost.tumblr.com

11:30 am- We finally get to Raouche, for a thirst/hunger quenching avocado juice from Barbar. (get it without the condensed milk and extra sugar) . It’s surprisingly good, with fresh avocado and real honey, I wasn’t going to be a pain and ask for it to be organic. I WANT MOAH!

We cross the street for yet another breathtaking (and breath enabling) view of the sea. I try to look at the horizon to relax my computer fed-up eyes. (FACT: looking towards the horizon will relax your eyes).

12:00 pm – It is time to hike.

We have a somewhat secret passage we take down the hill in Raouche. It is just after the rock towards the Movenpick Hotel to the right. The hill goes all the way down to the sea, and it gets very picturesque in Spring with all the wild flowers growing. It’s also an entertaining venue because of all the action going on. You see a lot of men walking down the bushier parts, or even cute girls in their hijabs holding hands with their boyfriends who have a little more than love growing inside them.

photo taken by myself - Spring 2011

But hey we are not voyeurs “focus on your breath, tighten your stomach and ass” says O. So I do tighten my stomach and eventually forget to breathe as we hike down the hill. I’m getting hot.

We go all the way down and up again; I’m so tired that I wouldn’t care less about the gangbang happening behind the bushes.

1:00 pm We leave the area to walk ——————————————————————————————————- all the way back ———————————————————————–to our Starting point.

2:00 pm We finish off the work-out with a delicious light meal at Bread Republic Hamra.

4:00 pm It’s not so sunny anymore, I’m freezing, and I have to go home and blog about this.

Tomorrow is sunny in Beirut too, we will be biking this time. Join 😉

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2 Responses to “A stroll along the Corniche”

  1. Alloush February 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Ras Beirut is my favorite part of Beirut. I love the Corniche especially when it’s gloomy and I’m feeling upset, it always cheers me up! Love the blog btw 🙂

    • gimmemoah February 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Thank you! The Corniche is a living organism, i love it in all its states 🙂

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