Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tripoli is buzzing like bees

Internet is sporadic. I'm not sure how often I will be able to blog or approve comments. I will get to them if/when I can.

Yesterday afternoon I went out to the grocery store in my neighbourhood. It was packed full of people stocking up. The shelves, which had once been brimming with goods, looked sparse. There were only three bags of rice left so I took one. When I drove by the wholesale shops people were lined up buying bags of flour, cases of tomato paste, cooking oil and pasta.

The roads were packed with people going places. At one intersection empty buses were passing by... they had dropped off their load of 'rent-a-crowd' and were driving away from the city.  Heading toward the city were cars full of pro-government demonstrators, honking and waving flags and posters. Everyone else seemed to be preoccupied with stocking up and shopping.

Things are 'normal' here this morning, Nora went to university to attend a lecture, the bakery and the sinfez (shop that makes fried bread) are open. But it's early yet.

Some of my colleagues arrived yesterday from Benghazi, and more, hopefully, will follow today if the airport in Benghazi opens again. The guest room is ready.


  1. so - whats stopping libya from emulating egypt..

  2. your post is arriving Khadija, I consider you a good teller of what is going on there. We appreciated your taste to say it and wait for more posts.
    As for Lirun I can say: left people did what they want to do, nobody can emulate nobody because things are different in every corner of the world

  3. Thank you as always for sharing your personal experience and opinion of things. Blessings to you and your family.

  4. Khadija, we are afraid of what is going there, if you can say that your family is Ok in some moment, we'll be calm.
    God be with you all.

  5. Hi Gabriella.. My family and I are fine. All is quiet here where I live. We're hoping to see the end of this soon. Looks as though there are 'family matters' to take care of. Keep Libya in your prayers! It looks like it's gonna go on for a bit longer...


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