A wonderful weekend with Amal

Amal and I take Annapolis We spent this past weekend with our dear friend Amal, who was in town for a few days. We met at DC’s breathtaking Union Station, where we sat, had lunch and talked like there was no tomorrow. While munching on pizza, we both came to the conclusion that life can at times surprise you, taking you places while you are just too busy to notice. We had met Amal during our Doha stint last year. So it was fascinating to realize that, at that moment, we were sitting in Washington, DC and having lunch in one of the most beautiful train stations in the country. "From Doha to Union Station," Amal giggled. "It should be the title of a book."

We did lots of touring in and around Maryland, taking Amal to the sailing city of Annapolis and then, after a wonderful lunch at Pusser’s, on to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Both cities were alive and buzzing with activity, although each had a distinctive vibe.

Amal is now on her way home to Lebanon, while we return to our daily routines. Nothing beats reuniting with a close friend! Amal is already dearly missed.

8 Comments

  1. Ilja Suvanto March 14, 2006 at 9:06 am

    I have followed your work for some time now from Finland and finally decided to give this blog a well earned credit in my own blog (post published under “Journalismi”). My own blog (in Finnish) handles both Finnish and international politics, journalism and human rights, also trying to report all journalists killed, intimidated or imprisoned because of their jobs. I stumbled Mental mayhem trough Technorati feeds.
    I think you are doing a great job here. Thank you for this blog and much love from your readers in Finland.

    Reply
  2. natasha March 14, 2006 at 9:55 am

    Thank you Ilja for your kind words. I’m glad to know that you enjoy my humble blog. Hope to see more of you around here.

    Reply
  3. hareega March 14, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    hey natasha, a personal question and feel free to ignore it, from the way you’re holding ur arms around ur waist … r u preganant or just so tired ?

    Reply
  4. Hamako March 14, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Was that a reference to ‘From Beirut to Jerusalem’? You didn’t do a report on that book, it’s pretty decent.
    Also, I think she’s just posing.

    Reply
  5. Jeff March 14, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    What picture are you lookin at Hareega? Arms around ur waist: Only one arm is visible, she has it on her hip and she looks fantastic. Asking a woman if she’s pregnant is bad form my friend; it’s a thot best kept internal.

    Reply
  6. laith March 14, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    How cute. You two are such ” Doodoos” ….hehe

    Reply
  7. hareega March 16, 2006 at 12:06 am

    i agree jeff you’re right, but when i saw the picture the picture of my sister who’s been pregnant for 3 years jumped to my mind. i think it was rude to ask, sorry man!

    Reply
  8. amal March 18, 2006 at 3:00 am

    Laith, inta dudu!!

    Reply

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *