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Every Girl Should Have ‘One’

By ‘One’, I mean her very own personal British Special Air Service Officer, their motto Who Dares Wins. I found Mine in Beirut – he is of the Air Troop…

Beirut 2010

The last time I was in Beirut was in 2006 while helping with the evacuation of Canadian civilians. That experience was, to say the least, mind-blowing on too many levels….

Minister Peter MacKay

Oh mon dieu. If ever there was a sh*tty shot of me, this is most definitely it: In my defense: 1st. I take poor profile pictures. 2nd. That’s what I…

Beirut Reunion no. 2

Among the many people who worked together in Beirut (many of whom came in from our Embassies abroad), eight of us are based at Headquarters, and one miscellaneous who resides…

Uzi almost made me cry

This very nearly moved me to tears, only I was seated between my family and I had to swallow my heart down a little. I’m not often left speechless, but……

Notes from a pouty day

As soon as I sat on the helicopter, the pilot charged over and shoved a floatation device over my head and strapped it around my waist. He didn’t ask if…

At least the rabbit hole’s comfy

I was supposed to leave this morning until they asked me to stay on one more day. Coming to Beirut is like falling into the rabbit hole; not that I…

A sad goodbye to Lebanon

I can’t say it enough; Lebanon is a beautiful and breathtaking country and tonight I’ll be graced with it’s last sunset. I quickly learned that the best way to wrap…

No 11: Funnies are a must

A few funny stories to tell, in order to keep with the spirit of my usual blogging. Special Guest Friday evening was a long one. Four of us got to…

No10: Defining ‘victory’ amidst ruins

Some more thought in to yesterday’s small rant. I believe there’s something which needs clarification, and it’s that I don’t want anyone to believe I believe in the myth that…

No 7: Update on ceasefire

Last night was a god damn mess in this Country. At approximately 7 pm, Israel started bombing the shit out of Hezbollah ‘owned’ areas. They didn’t stop until 8 am…

No 6: Bombings

We were seated in the Forum today, with approximately 900 individuals to be evacuated. The day was good… Until somewhere between 2:30 and 2:45 pm when we heard the bombs….

No 5: Photos so far…

Flying over the Greek islands and in to Larnaca, August 11th 2006: Sunset over Lárnaca as I landed, August 11th, 2006 at approx 7 pm: Having my morning coffee in…

No. 4: Mascara plans foiled

Am safe and in Lebanon; will tell you about my two drunk helicopter pilots later, inshallah. What’s below is a little out of sequence; I wrote this while in Frankfurt…

No. 3: Leaving for Lebanon in 45 min

Right. So, as we were landing in Cyprus at sunset yesterday evening, saw this beautiful island in it’s glory. Pulled out my camera a little too late, but did manage…

Evacuation does not = Beauty

I am sitting in the Airport, traumatised (and without spell check, so forgive my errors). Since some idiots tried to bomb something or else, I AM GOING TO SUFFER. I…

Update no. 1: Itinerary

What a hellish 18 hours past. I didn’t get much sleep last night; as soon as the excitement wore off, the fear kicked in. Mama tried to change my mind,…

Leaving for Cyprus and then on to Lebanon

Negotiations began at 4 pm today and I just received this moments ago from work (this is when work gets fun!): “You are confirmed for departure this Thursday August 10…