The radio silence the past months has not been because I did not write or come up with new ideas, on the contrary, I think it was the most productive and instructive period of my life so far. Working with the Lebanese partners in the consultancy firm; apprehending what happened around me; meeting all the interesting people in Beirut, left me little time to update the blog.
Foremost, over the past months I came to realize how exciting working in an office can be. The consultancy firm, Beyond Reform & Development, that I assisted in, is engaged in numerous projects throughout the Middle East. Projects initiated by Arabs, for Arabs and hence with the consent and drive of the people that hopefully will benefit from those projects.
At the moment I have just returned to the Netherlands and in the coming weeks I will reflect on the situation in the Middle East from the perspective of my position as an intern in Beirut. These are insights I realized the value of after, for example, I read the label on a beer bottle or tried to understand the behaviour of the cat in my flat.
Three pictures taken from my balcony.