lebanon… day 1

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my host, rev. walid, naps after picking me up from the airport at 3 am.  “everyone that comes from the west gets in at that time… i’m used to it.”

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peter, said’s boy, working at his dad’s book store after school.

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rev. walid

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sarah and salina, said’s oldest and youngest daughters.

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said and walid arriving at the reformed baptist church of tyre.

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the church is next door to a former hezbollah weapons cache that was destroyed in 2006 by the israelis.

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mohammed said with the hat he got at petra the week before.

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there are lebanese soldiers and outposts everywhere.  in that way, lebanon feels incredibly safe.  actually, more safe than i’ve felt in many u.s. cities.

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sunset over the mediterranean at the beach in tyre.  legendary.

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remnants of the roman empire.

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there are droves ferrel cats and dogs all over lebanon.  i’m still trying to figure out where they came from.

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all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009