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Living and Loving Beirut, Lebanon

Arriving in Beirut on a sweaty summer afternoon in July 2001, I noticed an ad in the local English-language newspaper The Daily Star: "Tech startup looking for English editor." I got in touch with the company called SportWiz and a couple of days later I was on my way back to Switzerland to pack a bigger bag for a longer stay in Lebanon. I ended up living in Achrafieh (the most attractive area of Beirut) for a year, and besides working for the SportWiz writing for the same paper I had discovered the job ad in.

Here is a selection of some of the writing I did back then. Most of it sadly is no longer online, so it may take me some time to either rewrite or scan some of them.

Hanzala returns to torment the tormentors

Exhibition honors Palestinian cartoonist 

First published in The Daily Star, 31 July 2002