When I first heard about the event “Tripoli Railway Station: Open Door”, the event was still due three weeks from then. But because I was so excited, I’d misread the date and assumed it was on that Saturday, three weeks ago, until Taha told me no, it was on the 25th. For some reason, I misunderstood again and thought that the event was the Saturday after that, on the 19th of June, but again I was wrong. That’s just how excited I was! And finally, after three weeks of waiting, the event finally arrived!
But I was swamped! :-( I got a big stomach ache that afternoon and I had a wedding that night, but against the odds, I took some medicine and toughened up for the event I’ve been looking forwards to for the past three weeks! I picked up Diala, Ymn, and Farah and drove over to the train station, which I’ve passed several times before but had never stopped to investigate. Of course I’d have loved to, but it being deserted, I never had the guts to explore it alone. And so, with this local event, I finally got my chance!
When we arrived, we were greeted by the ever energetic We Love Tripoli crew and of course the master of it all, Mr. Elias Khlat. We got free “BankMed” caps (Yes, I have to squeeze in the name of my treasured bank each chance I get ;-) and free souvenir postcards. Then, we took a half hour guided tour of the trains and their tracks, learning about the history of the station. Here are some of the pictures that I took (more on Flickr):
About an hour after that, the Open Air Concert started. We watched the first half hour of it before we had to leave, as I had to get ready for the wedding that night (next post!). But here are a couple of pics I snapped from the concert before we left:
The event is still on today, Sunday June 26th, so if you didn't make it, you still have a chance to go! :-)