Webmaster's Note: Because the BikeAbout team is traveling in smaller groups for a little while, we have changed the format of the journal slightly. On the fast facts pages you will find fast facts for the lead group (today it's the guys, who are in Lebanon). Cumulative mile totals are for all groups combined. The rider notes pages associated with each group are on separate pages. On the rider notes page, we have placed the lead group's notes first, followed followed by other group(s). For your convenience, the "View Rider Notes" links jumps to the beginning of each specific group's rider notes. When the groups rejoin in late February or early March, we will return to the original format for these pages.

topics: mana-eesh (food), social life, Lebanese civil war, Palestinian refugees, history, recreation; jump to dispatch

BikeAbout Log

At 6:00 PM
previous day's journalJanuary 31–February 1, 1998next day's journal
Sunrise (local): 6:36 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:07 p.m.
68°F sunny
Traveled Since Jan. 30
0 mi / 0 km

Cumulative (all groups)
2046 mi / 3294 km
Lat: 33° 53' 29" N
Lon: 35° 29' 03" E
Elev: 279 ft / 85 m

[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from January 31 to February 1. The almanac data refers to February 1.]

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Beirut click to view a map click to view a map
Where We're Staying: Leila's Apartment in Hamra
Places We Visited: Beirut by car, Sporting Club, Corniche, Casablanca
Featured Site: Beirut Corniche
Person of the Day: Janine Moussa
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: mana-eesh
Breakfast: mana-eesh
Lunch: fried chicken
Dinner: falafel, salad
Olive Count: 1530
Word of the Day: Keefuk? and keefik? click to hear an audio clip mean "How are you?" in Lebanese Arabic; mnih and mniha click to hear an audio clip mean "I'm fine." Click here for more about these words!
Tech Fact of the Day: As in several other countries, practically any transaction in Beirut can be paid for in either U.S. dollars or local currency. Restaurant bills are calculated in both, and people often pay in dollars and receive change in Lebanese pounds, or vice versa. During the Civil War and the slow process of rebuilding, the Lebanese have preferred to rely on the safer and more stable dollar than on their own currency. And though the Lebanese currency is now fairly reliable, people still conduct much of their business in dollars.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 12
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 28
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Meanwhile, Corinne and andrEa are still relaxing in the company of their new friends in Paphos, Cyprus.

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