Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kiss Kiss Beng Benghazi

Looking forward to a restful weekend, my boss suddenly jolted me with the news that I was flying to Benghazi to attend another basketball related event. That was cool by me. Hey, the good U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney isn't the only diplomat that has a love for the game.

So off to Benghazi Cay and I went. Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya. People refer to it as the gateway to the eastern part of Libya. So for two days, I stayed at the gate. There wasn't much I was able to do aside from my official function as the the Libyan winter was messing with this tropical islander's health at the time.

I wish I could tell more about this "gateway" the same way my favorite novelist, Umberto Eco, described a door in "The Name of the Rose." Unfortunately, I don't have the ammo of info on the city and fair share of adventures in it. As an aside, if you haven't done so, I highly suggest you read the novels of Eco. Start with either "The Name of the Rose" or "Foucault's Pendulum." These are two of the greatest works of fiction from the last century.

However, here are some pics I was able to take of the sights around the hotel I stayed in.

Shots from the hotel:






23rd of July Park


Al Da'waa al-Islamiya Building



Geliana Bridge


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