the streets of lebanon / by Maranie Staab

i am going back through some images taken in lebanon this past october as i consider my plans for 2017. this image was taken during one of my many long walks around beirut and the surrounding neighborhoods. now, looking at it, i am struck by what i recall as a complete sense of normalcy as i walked that street and what i now see as in stark contrast to my reality when in the US. 

the desire to get on a plane and step off of it into a new, undiscovered (to me) place is always just under the surface of who i am. most days i am able to quiet that voice enough to allow me to focus on work here in pittsburgh, but some days it demands to be heard. today is one of those days.