As the rest of the world braces for a global economic dive, thousands of visitors flood into Beirut. The streets are crowded, shops are bustling and political chatter takes an unusual backseat to celebration.
Egyptians have had a field day with the shoe-thrower story. According to one joke, the U.S. accused Syria of being behind the shoe attack, citing phone taps that intercepted the word "shoo" (Arabic for "what").
Lebanese student journalists who, along with focusing on studies, occasionally dodge bullets, rockets and bombs in attempts to cover events, and who are constrained by university or government regulations.
We had barely slept for two nights and were caked with the mud stirred up by a late-winter downpour. Within a few minutes we threw our gear together and lugged it into the choppers that flew us to Tyre.