Four years ago, I spent a summer at a symposium on ‘Conflict Resolution and Negotiation in the Middle East’ that was held in Nicosia, Cyprus, by a group called IIMCR (International Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution). It was a blast of a summer and the other program participants were amazing people. We all became good friends over the course of the summer, but when the program finished, we all went our separate ways and I probably would have lost touch with almost all of them if it wasn’t for facebook.
Yesterday though, I got a message from one of my IIMCR classmates, Danny. I actually saw him the last time I was in Beirut, but had forgotten that he was still living here. Apparently, there are actually 5 IIMCR grads (Danny, Charles, Jeff, Sarine and I) here in Beirut right now, and Danny was organizing a mini reunion. So happy!
So around 9pm, Danny, Charles, Jeff and I (Sarine couldn’t make it), met up at ‘Captain’s Cabin’ a bar in Hamra (a quarter of Beirut). Captain’s is apparently one of the oldest bar’s in Hamra – it was this cozy little place with nautical themed decorations and filled with a fun mix of young Lebanese and foreigners. We chatted, laughed and got caught up, sipping Almaza’s (Lebanese Beer) and munching on almonds. We called it an early night around 11:30pm with plans to meet up again soon. I have friends in Beirut! woot.