Hiking in Lebanon

This post was published in Bazaar Magazine in Kuwait earlier this year but I felt the need to share it on the blog as well since many friends constantly ask me about hiking.

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When people think of Lebanon, they usually think of wars and battles or plastic surgeries and an extravagant nightlife.
When I think of Lebanon, I think of the great outdoors and beautiful scenery it provides that is unique to the Middle East.

I used to get into the car and just drive up into the mountains exploring the areas and discovering every region’s unique nature. Every curve offered a different scenic view, every town and village I’d pass by would have it’s own identity. I always ended up feeling serene during these drives.

How I got into hiking:
Several years ago, a group of friends were going hiking and I tagged along. At first I was worried I would get shattered and not be able to complete the 6-hour hike. I rarely visit the gym or exercise. The thought of using a treadmill makes me feel like a gerbil running in a wheel in a cage! To my surprise, not only did I complete the hike, I was so entranced by the views, the trails, the continuous change of the surrounding nature that even when exhausted I continued on, wanting to see more.

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