Posted: 14/11/2016 at 14:19
I hadn't thought of running a marathon in Beirut but some people who went last year said it was fine and security was good. I had wanted to go for a while, so a marathon seemed like a good opportunity. It's a modern city and the downtown area where I was staying was full of high-end designer shops and there was a marina with massive yachts. The bullet-ridden former Holiday Inn is still in that area due to an impasses among the developers that own it, and there are occasional other buildings that look like relics of the civil war there but there has been a fair bit of development since. There is still high security now, with soldiers guarding the streets and there are areas of the country to be avoided but downtown Beirut is fine and, positively for me, there was plenty of clearly-marked vegan food, much better than in the U.K.. My next foreign one is Malaga.
That's sounding positive, RR.