10 Things Not to do in Lebanon

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I’m already on a new adventure someone
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here in the Middle East not gonna tell
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you where yes yet but right now I still
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want to tell you quite a few epic things
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about Lebanon and also this video
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includes a pretty beautiful offer
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somewhere at the end of the video so
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what is the video Intel you areand
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see whether you’re going to like taking
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advantage of it and see where life takes
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you and let you go every slinky Mac from
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Lebanon which is a super small country
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but it still did over a thousand
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kilometres that would make our what
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so obviously saw quite a bit I learned
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so much about the local people the local
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culture and everything in it today I
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want to tell you the top 10 things you
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should never ever ever be doing in
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Lebanon think not to do in Lebanon
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number one is do not pass through the
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checkpoints fast cos Lebanon even though
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it’s a small country it’s very
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militarized very very built race yeah I
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think over a hundred thousand in
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soldiers and activity even though
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there’s only a few million people living
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in the country which is crazy and
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because of that everywhere you go
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there’s gonna be so many Czech but
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sometimes just a few kilometres where a
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few hundred meters away I mean it’s it’s
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insane and most of the time it’s
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actually very easy to go through them
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they don’t even ask you questions or
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whatever but a few times I was going
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through those checkpoints quite fast
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because it didn’t really think anyone
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was guarding them and then soldiers ran
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out they were like what are you doing
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that so whenever going through the
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checkpoints don’t worry I don’t go fast
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thing not to do in Lebanon number two is
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do not do not do not film anything
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related to the military so as you know
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this is obviously you know very similar
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in most countries around the world
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especially the Middle East but somehow
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11n felt super European to me and so at
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one point I guess I let my guard down
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and there were you know many soldiers in
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the street and everything and I was
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shooting this tiny like tiny bunker they
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have on the streets you know these these
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sort of things were a soldier stands and
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you know looks looks out on the field
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and stuff and there was no one there no
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one around it so I just went inside and
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I was like
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taking video with my camera and sort of
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laughing butter but I’m all of a sudden
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four soldiers they went to all my
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footage deleted whatever shots they
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didn’t like and then they were asking me
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questions where I’m from and all that
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stuff you know so I was really happy
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that it didn’t get into any trouble
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because I guess I explained that I
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didn’t mean any harm but but yeah
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generally
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it’s a bit of a tricky thing so please
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whatever you do just never film the
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soldiers thing not to do in Lebanon
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number three is do not expect to get
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anywhere fast so what’s in Lebanon is a
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very very small country but it’s super
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exciting because it has lots of
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beautiful nature but generally going
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from place to place takes quite a bit of
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time because most of the roads in
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Lebanon are actually mountain roads and
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so even if you look at the maps and it
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says oh it’s only 100 kilometres you
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know it could take you whatever two or
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three hours and also because it’s a very
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small country but still has millions of
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people living in it and whenever you’re
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in a bigger city there’s always always
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always gonna be traffic so have you know
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chill relax take it easy get some coffee
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or tea and don’t expect to get anywhere
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invest think not to do in Lebanon number
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four is never ever ever ever assumed
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people’s religion this is very important
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generally when you’re travelling around
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the Middle East in most countries the
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vast majority of the local population
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will be Muslim
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however Lebanon is incredibly different
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so apparently there are 18 official
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religions recognised in Lebanon and
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that’s why there’s you know a lot of
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religious minorities and actually a big
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population there are a Christian whether
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you know Maronite Christian are Orthodox
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Christian and that’s you know they have
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lots of monasteries lots of you know
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priests and a lot of people actually
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have you know the statues of Saint Mary
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in their homes and you know all that
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stuff which is actually very interesting
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I guess for for the Middle East I mean I
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haven’t really seen it in any other
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country their thing not to be in Lebanon
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number five is do not forget to check
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USD and Lebanese pound of rates this
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actually very very important might save
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you quite a bit of money so back in the
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day
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the Lebanese pound was always matched to
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a dollar at a rate of one dollar being
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1,500 lebanese pounds and it was always
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always always like this it was always
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fixed however when i was traveling
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around the country we had so many
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protests there and so as opposed to one
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dollar being 1500 pounds sometimes it
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went up to like 2,000 pounds or so you
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know and so every time you go to any
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kind of restaurant and unless you want
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to pay by card they will always ask you
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whether you want to pay in Lebanese
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pounds or US Dollars and so depending on
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the exchange rate obviously depending on
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the banking situation of the country
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that rate might differ you know big-time
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so sometimes it makes more sense to pay
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in dollars and sometimes it makes more
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sense to pay in Lebanese pounds things
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not to do in Lebanon number six is do
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not get annoyed when literally everyone
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around you smokes so I don’t know what
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said with Lebanon but they’re literally
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every single person you’ll ever meet
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blue smoke cigarettes the grandmas the
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you know whatever teenagers the
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businessmen the politicians and so I
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actually spend quite a bit of time
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talking with you know my local friends
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about it and they said oh so the first
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reason is that it’s incredibly cheap
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there for whatever reason and also for
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some reason it’s culturally very
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acceptable definitely don’t get annoyed
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with it for a lot of those people it’s a
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completely normal thing a little natural
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thing you know they don’t do it because
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they want to offend you they just do it
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because it’s cheap and yes thing not
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even love in a number is 7 and actually
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a super important thing is do not ever
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assume that people will drive safely if
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I’m being completely honest with you the
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traffic in Lebanon is certainly one of
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the craziest traffic’s I mean I’ve ever
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been in honestly I mean it’s once again
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it’s very weird because here on the
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and the country seems to be super
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European and quite civilized and all
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that stuff on the other hand of the
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traffic just takes you back big test
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whenever I’d be trying to exit like
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roundabouts people would be in trying to
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sneak in first you know stuff like that
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so if you ever want to find yourself in
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a bit of a crazy traffic lebanon is the
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place for you
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okay now that I told you that seven
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things you should definitely not be
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doing in in Lebanon we only have three
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left and actually all those three are
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super important before I tell you though
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definitely should be doing in Lebanon
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in Lebanon quite a few people actually
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spoke English but obviously not everyone
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however it really Chile everyone speaks
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Arabic and literally everyone speaks
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French and even though Arabic is
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actually super hard to learn for most
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let’s get back to the video I think not
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to be in love in a number eight is do
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not be surprised if the local people
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think that your camera is a gun there’s
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this really interesting situation where
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I was in the mountains of Lebanon with
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with my cool friend called the Elias and
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so we were walking around different tiny
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villages where you know mostly partners
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never really come and then this one
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really old guy I think he was 7075 you
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brought out of his house it was like wow
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this guy’s carrying the gun you know and
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my friend lies was in our Oh relax relax
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the worried this is a camera and he
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couldn’t believe it you know he wanted
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to go come up closer he was like that
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chick the mic and everything you know it
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sitting the camera and so don’t be
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surprised if you know especially me but
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the older people get a bit a bit anxious
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about your DSLR thing not even love on a
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number nine and wasn’t in a very tricky
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thing is do not maybe
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call Israel as Israel you know yeah this
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actually applies to most Arabic
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countries around the region and where
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you know most of them do not really
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recognize Israel so the way they call
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this either Palestine or occupied
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Palestine and even if you look at their
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maps for example in every hostel and
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stuff you know they will never be using
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the word Israel there and so if you do
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you can get into a lot of really really
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intense really heated discussions
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because Lebanon also has hundreds of
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thousands of you know Palestinian
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refugees and and and obviously those
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people are not happy about the situation
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and I’m not into politics I don’t want
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to comment on that I just want to say
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that if you walk around Lebanon saying
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you know Israel Israel Israel uh you
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know things can get tense show so we be
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mindful of that and finally thing not to
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do in eleven a number of ten and wasn’t
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in a very very important thing is if you
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get close to the border with Israel or
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you know Palestine occupied Palestine
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I’m sorry you know whatever you want to
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call it I don’t know
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never ever ever take any pictures or any
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videos so when they actually wanted to
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get to the border myself but eventually
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didn’t have time so I didn’t go but when
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I was talking about it with my friends
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they said do if you ever go there do not
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even take out your camera and they told
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me all these stories about for example
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some sort of a foreigner going there and
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trying to take a picture of the border
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or the wall or some sort of a building
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and then there would be you know the
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army catching them and then holding them
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in custody for whatever the four five
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six hours sometimes even days because in
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their mind you could certainly be a spy
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you know and that’s a bit of a tricky
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thing be careful taking pictures of the
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military the the government buildings
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and obviously the really really really
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tricky borders that’s pretty much it
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have a wonderful day wherever you are in
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