airplane timelines } flight ME403 kuwait to beirut, july 26, 2015

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sunday, july 26 } greasy fries at the airport. it wouldn't have happened if i weren't traveling with four teenagers

sunday, july 26 } greasy fries at the airport. it wouldn’t have happened if i weren’t traveling with four teenagers

monday, july 27 } after spending a sweltering night at my parents' apartment in beirut, z and i traveled to shouf to stay with them for a few days. here, my brother mo and little k at a river somewhere in the mountain

monday, july 27 } after spending a sweltering night at my parents’ AC-busted apartment in beirut, z and i traveled to shouf to stay with the family¬†for a few days. here, my brother mo and little k at a river somewhere in the mountain

Mama, take a photo of me and Zainab! This is what she took:

before the jump

before the jump. i didn’t know what to expect at this river/picnic spot, so i wasn’t prepared to swim. i ended up jumping in completely clothed. there was something very liberating about it. or maybe that was just the frigid water

mo, little k and a river-chilled watermelon

mo, little k and a river-chilled watermelon

my father and mo braved the river first

my father and mo braved the river first

jana's sister saba cheers the jumpers on. in a few minutes she'd be jumping into the river too...fully clothed

jana’s sister saba cheers the jumpers on. in a few minutes she’ll be jumping into the river too…fully clothed

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after a long day, this nightcap at saba's chalet on jana's family compound

after a long day, this nightcap at saba’s chalet on jana’s family compound

i start the day replying to emails in my parents' garden. i try to update my blog but there are too many distractions

tuesday, july 28 } i start the day replying to emails in my parents’ garden. i try to update my blog but there are too many distractions

like this guy. a lovely start to the day with this baby k

like this guy. a lovely start to the day with baby k

everything's a 'ball' according to him. even i am a 'ball'

everything’s a ‘ball’ according to him. even i am a ‘ball’

since he's amenable (well, he doesn't have much of a choice), i photograph him with my traveling tap

since he’s amenable (well, he doesn’t have much of a choice), i photograph him with my traveling tap

i could just eat him up

i could just eat him up

eve enjoys the lebanese treetops. it's midday now. we'll probably go out soon. i'm ready for the city, so hope to go back down to beirut tomorrow

eve enjoys the lebanese treetops. it’s midday now. we’ll probably go out soon. i’m ready for the city, so hope to go back down to beirut tomorrow

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