Things about Lebanon that make me happy.

3:12 PM Daniela Skeyki 2 Comments

It's been more than half a year since I took a decision to move to Beirut. It's been more than half a year since my life flipped 180 degrees and absolutely changed. During these 7 months, I've learned a lot of things, but most importantly to smile to everyone and do it as much as possible. 

I am going to quote businessinsider here: In coconut cultures such as France, Germany, or Russia, people are more closed (like the tough shell of a coconut) with those they don't have friendships with. They rarely smile at strangers, ask casual acquaintances personal questions, or offer personal information to those they don't know intimately. It takes a while to get through the initial hard shell, but as you do, people will become gradually warmer and friendlier. While relationships are built up slowly, they tend to last longer.

This month I took a trip back "home", just to realise that the only thing that makes me happy back there is my family and 3-4 friends. Which probably became an inspiration to this post.

1. Food. 

Not any food, but Lebanese cuisine. There is nothing more magnificent than a Sunday brunch, filled with hummus, kebbe, grilled halloum, spiced potatoes and many other dishes, that make you fat but extremely happy. Also who needs junk food after-midnight munching, when you have bread, olive oil and a jar of Labneh? #LIVELOVELABNEH

2. Foreigners.

Extreme amount of foreigners, who have zero roots in Lebanon but yet chose to abandon their comfort zone and move to this country. Even though majority of them love to travel and saw approximately half of the world, they chose this country out of them all, bringing their own culture and willingly adapting to the local one. There is something about you Lebanon, that makes us, kids born and raised abroad, love you once we explore you.

3. Lebanese people.

Local people. Their mentality. Their easily triggered temper. Their lack of patience. Their friendliness. Their smiles. Their will to help. Their naivety. Their culture. Their stubbornness. Their curiosity. Every single feature. The negative and the positive. The sweethearts. Thank you for being the light in the dark times.

4. Landscape.

Whether you are driving by the seaside, or going up to the mountains, you cannot help it but admire versatile views this country has to offer you. 

5. Sea.

Sea. Sea. Sea. Why the hell would you need to travel to the other side of Mediterranean sea, if you have this beauty right here? Maybe it is the fact that as a Russian kid, I get inspired with sea as much as Lebanese get inspired with forests, but having sea 10 minute drive away, definitely has its input in my happy mood.

6. Family.

As a kid I always used to dislike spending time with my Lebanese family, having to bare with their chit chat, their kids running around and their constant curiosity about my personal life. Now being almost 23 years old, I already understand that all golds and diamonds of the world will never beat the price of having a large, noisy, yet always supporting Lebanese family with their constant boyfriend/marriage questions they never get replies to.

7. Talents.

Musicians, artists, designers, writers... The list goes on and on. Born and raised here or abroad, bringing their talents to this country, making it a creative hub of Middle East (Not sorry Dubai). I stopped looking forward to attending global musicals or concerts by worldwide known musicians. I stopped going through online websites for brands. I stopped dreaming of travelling the Europe and seeing museums. I think we have all what we need here. 

8. Hope for tomorrow.

Despite the issues with infrastructure, water, electricity or even social security. Or having far-from-being-peaceful neighbours at the moment. Or not having a president for example... Despite having thousands of issues, people still have hope for tomorrow. An on-going hope for a better future, which cannot be killed by wars, bombings and many other things. A strong hope, that you can sense everywhere. It's in the air, in blood, in buildings, in nature. I hope I will have it one day too.


  1. I was an exchange student in Lebanon for six months, you described it excellent I hope I will be courageous enough to decide to take my stuff and move to Lebanon some day.

  2. I can relate to what yr saying. I came to beirut last september after being away for 12 years. I am enjoying the weather and a few friends i have left. Yes, i have seen some changes in the lifestyle, but call me old fashioned, i do still beilieve beirut will come back, and iam not giving up on it yet, while everyone tells me iam stupid for coming back.