Category Archives: Travel

Iceland’s Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) TimeLapse By Karim BouKarim

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Aurora Borealis is a beautiful natural light display in the sky that can extend as high as 640km above the earth’s surface. It is the result of “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere”.

Here’s a time-lapse shot by a Lebanese Photographer using a Canon 6D over a period of 3 days.

The Daily Beast Removed The Article On Lebanon Being The Worst Country To Go On Vacation

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Screenshot taken from Ginosblog

The Daily Beast had posted a list of the ten best and worst places to go on vacation last week, and named Lebanon the #1 worst place to go on vacation for Westerners right now. I have no idea how they came up with that list, but all of it didn’t make sense and for some reason the article was removed from their site now.

Byblos To Join The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network

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Picture taken by myself: @LeNajib

By joining this network, The city of Byblos will receive the below:

1- Membership in a new network. 100 Resilient Cities is creating the 100 Resilient Cities Network, which will provide support to member cities, share new knowledge and resilience best practices and foster new connections and partnerships.
2- Support to hire or fund a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). The creation of this innovative new role will help ensure resilience building and coordination is the specific responsibility of one person in a city government. The CROs will also oversee the development of a resilience plan for the city and be part of a learning network of other CROs as representatives to the 100 Resilient Cities Network.
3- Support to create a resilience plan that reflects each city’s distinct needs.
4- An innovative platform to provide tools and resources for implementation of the plan focused on four areas: innovative finance, innovative technology, infrastructure and land use, and community and social resilience from partners such as Swiss Re, Palantir, the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity, and the World Bank.

If you want to read more about The Rockefeller Foundation, click [Here].

The Rockefeller Foundation today announces the first 33 cities selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. The cities were selected from nearly 400 applicants across six continents. In applying for the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge cities were required to submit their visions, needs and plans to build resilience in a way that connects government, the private sector and civil society, and specifically addresses the needs of their poor and vulnerable citizens. The announcement of the selected cities will be made during The Rockefeller Foundation’s third annual Innovation Forum titled, “Building Resilient Cities.”

The other cities selected:
Alameda, California, USA
Medellin, Colombia
Berkeley, California, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Ramallah, Palestine
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Porto-Alegre, Brazil
Dakar, Senegal
El Paso, Texas, USA
Quito, Ecuador
Durban, South Africa
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bangkok, Thailand
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bristol, UK
Da Nang, Vietnam
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Glasgow, UK
Mandalay, Myanmar
New York City, New York, USA
Rome, Italy
Semarang, Indonesia
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Surat, India
Oakland, California, USA
Veije, Denmark
Christchurch, New Zealand
San Francisco, California, USA
Ashkelon, Israel
Melbourne, Australia

How to Eat a Falafel in Lebanon

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David Lebovitz tells u how [Here].

1- Pull up at roadside stand.
2- Be happy you’re with people who speak Arabic.
3- When the guy asked if you want hot sauce, say “Yes” – with great enthusiasm.
4- Add some extra-spicy pickled chili peppers – and sit at a table, trying not to make a mess of yourself while you wolf down the whole thing unbelievably fast.

There are other blog posts related to Lebanese food that you can check as well:
Another Lebanese Breakfast..and Two Lunches
Saj, Flatbreads and Lebanese Pastries
Lebanese Breakfast
Lebanese Meze
Lebanon
Al Bohsali: Middle Eastern Pastries

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BANFF Mountain Film Festival In Beirut

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world and is a founding member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. The festival will showcase the best film productions in climbing, snowboarding, cycling, skiing, kayaking and mountaineering at Metropolis Empire Sofil on November 18 and 19 at 7:30pm.

You can check out more details [Here].

For the third year, l’Association du PolyLiban will be organizing the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Beirut. The BANFF festival will showcase the best film productions in climbing, snowboarding, cycling, skiing, kayaking and mountaineering selected from last year’s festival.

If you want to discover new mountain activities , don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch more than 15 movies for a duration of four hours over two consecutive nights!

Join us to witness the finest outdoor adventure films on big screen.

Come celebrate the great diversity of the mountains with the ever growing community of Lebanese outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.

Furthermore, you can get the chance to participate in the “PolyLiban Photo Exhibition” which aims to promote the Lebanese natural heritage through outdoor sports while raising awareness about the importance of preserving the natural environment. [BanffLebanon.com]

Thanks Karim!

Zahlé First Arab City to be designated as a UNESCO Creative City

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Zahlé joined the network in the gastronomy category.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Zahlé (Lebanon), Kraków (Poland) and Fabriano (Italy) as new members of its network of “creative hubs” promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries.

Brazzaville, designated “City of Music”, is the first African member of the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development.

Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano join the Network in the categories of Gastronomy, Literature, Crafts and Folks Arts, respectively. [UN]