The Beirut Marathon began this morning at 7:30 AM, with perfect weather: a brisk 19/66 degrees with clear skies and dazzling sunlight. Hamra was completely cordoned off, with all cars ordered off the street since last night at 9PM. Amazingly, the Hamrawis obliged.
The rare lull of activity in the streets meant that I was also able to finally snap some pictures of the hilarious graffiti that has been cropping up around the neighborhood. Someone has been spray painting stenciled images with very amusing subjects… I’m not sure who it is. Any ideas?
Clockwise from the top, we have a silhouette of Mickey Mouse with the words “Ni7na ma3ak” (We’re With You) written underneath; the famous profile of Umm Kulthoum singing Haifa Wehbe’s stupid song “Bous el-wawa” (Kiss my boo-boo); and my favorite, a hand of Fatima flipping you the bird with the word “Khodh” .