A month in Lebanon

AUGUST 2019: BEIRUT (Lebanon)

It was amazing!

Photo by Ramy Kabalan

Okay, I may be biased, I was staying with one of my best friends for the first ten days before moving out to an Airbnb to be a little more productive… But yep, I definitely recommend going to Lebanon!

It’s insane to think about the history of the country, it’s a key location on the Med linking Europe to Africa and Asia so it had a strategic importance for thousands of years! Different cultures, different religions all living in the same country – didn’t see any conflict when I was there, but it is rather clear that they still have a lot of scares

This may sound stupid, but my favorite part of Beirut was going on road trips, the entire country is basically made of mountains (hence loads of valleys) and the view from up there is just fantastic – we went to the top of Mount Lebanon while on our way to the Bekaa Valley (to visit the ruins in Baalbek) – and were above the clouds… Driving all the way up woundy roads was a true pleasure!

The Baalbek ruins

All in all here were my favorite road trips:

1- To the Baalbek ruins in the Bekaa valley (you get to see loads of poppy plantations on the way too :S)

2- Byblos & Batroun (can be done together in one day) – really nice places to just enjoy a beer by the water –> If you go to Batroun we went to Colonel Beer Microbrewery for a beer on the beach while watching the sunset, it was magical

3- Doing a wine tour would be amazing, they have some really good wine growers in the region (especially Chateau Kefraya) but otherwise Jeita Grotto is highly recommended! (I didn’t go, but heard GREAT things!)

The view from Batroun Castle(?)
The view from Batroun Castle(?)

Now don’t get me wrong, as much as I love road trips I really enjoyed staying in Beirut itself!

During my stay downtown I stayed in Gemmayzeh, which is a really nice part of town! It’s close to Armemia, which is the road with all the bars, but it’s still really quiet, so was the perfect mix for me! Hamra (another neighborhood) is really nice, a bit more higher class and less young I believe.

One of my favorite things to do in Beirut was walk on the corniche (the road is called Paris..) next to the lighthouse during sunset, there’s loads of people there just soaking in the last sun rays

Love that place for sunset!

The “Place of Martyrs” is worth going to – you’ll have the view on the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque and from there you can easily walk to Place de L’etoile, the Roman Ruins (not super super impressive) and then heading to the Souk or just get a coffee in the expensive part of town is quite fun, it’s a totally different side than what you’d expect!

Now for the important part…

FOOD

I have to say, I love eating a manou2she for breakfast, would that be with Zatar or whatever – my two favorite places for that was “The Lebanese Bakery” and Fern Ghattas, but that being said, wherever you go I’m sure they’ll be great!

Now a more random list of places I enjoyed the food is T Marbouta in Hamra, it’s nothing special, but great food ๐Ÿ™‚

Cafe Em Nazih is a more or less really touristy place – but they have a decent amount of choice and you can play backgammon while having a beer or food ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also next to Coop D’Etat which is a rooftop bar

Two more random (and further out) recommendations are Falafel Abou Andre, it was the first place I ate when I got there, and we got hummus with pine nuts, it was amazing! I got addicted ๐Ÿ™‚ La Girouette in Broummana (there’s a few places with a nice view of Beirut) has live music with an amazing musicians every thursday – friday and saturday (call ahead to make sure but that was the schedule when I was there!)

Coin Perdu was a fun place to have dinner too (mainly because it was close to where I lived :P) on the St Nicolas Stairs, Loris is another nice spot!

There’s also loads of good places for food, for falafel sandwiches, grilled haloumi etc etc, I’m sure where ever you go it will be amazing!

Oh and make sure you try out local beers, try loads of different coffee shops and get lost in the city

The only downside Beirut has, is it was too hot in August, I was sweating a bit too much for my liking, but I definitely wouldn’t mind going back one of these days!

Enjoy your trip!

Oh and I actually enjoyed going to museums when I was there! That’s me saying that yep… Rather surprised about that myself! We went to the National Museum of Beirut, which was rather cool! (You get to see the times when Egypt occupied Lebanon)

Being a DIGITAL NOMAD….

Let’s talk about the highlight, the downside and once there, what happens?

Let me start with, it’s pretty amazing – I mean it. We usually define a digital nomad as someone that works remotely to earn a living and are able to travel whenever/wherever they wish. Sounds pretty amazing if you ask me… But yep, there are downsides!

The highlight:

You get to travel (duh that’s pretty obvious Max…) to places you’ve always wanted to go – well I still want to go to Mars but apparently there’s no wifi there… One day ๐Ÿ™‚

I mean Mars isn’t even on this map neither is the Moon ๐Ÿ™‚ and I clearly need to do more of Africa & Asia

Traveling to new places is the highlight not because of the new location, but more about the people and experiences (read that as the memories you make). You won’t remember everything about your trips, that’s for sure.

Afterall,

Memories is the only thing we keep.

Life isn’t only about FOREX or affiliate marketing or copy writting or whatever. Do you remember all the trades you took a year ago? I don’t that’s for sure – but do I remember renting a villa outside of Medellin last August to celebrate el Dia de las Flores with friends I met there absolutely.

It was a fun night and an amazing group of people!

Working long hours is worth it, if it enables you to make memories forever. Heck, you don’t even need to work remotely or even for yourself, you just have to enjoy what you do.

You don’t need to become a digital nomad to make these memories, you don’t need to find a way to build yourself up as a freelancer or get a job that allows you to work remotely to be able to achieve these dreams of yours.

Being able to travel constantly is amazing – you meet more people, you get to explore more places – you get to dance in strange places you’d have never dreamt off and taste so many different beers (actually that may be the highlight: Being a digital nomad enables you to try an extremely large amount of different beers – fuck living in one place, after a while you’ve tried all of them ๐Ÿ˜€ )

Craft beers on the beach with a friend watching the sunsetโ€ฆ Is the type of memory I chase

Anyway, all of this rant was to say – the best part of being a digital nomad is it becomes easier to experience different things you’d usually never even dream off because you are outside your comfort zone.

I’m guessing none of that positive aspect is news to you anyway..


The downside:

Now this kinda sucks because most people will hate me for saying there’s any downsides to being a digital nomad… But it’s true there are (quite a few to be truthful).

Everything we love as an opposite side

To know brightness we need darkness

Lewis Mocker does a great job showing the two sides, I just can’t remember which video to link sorry – it may be this one:

Give it a watch, he’s a good guy!

Having a lot of money has downsides (more taxes, people think you’re an awful person etc)

Being a digital nomad or even a forex trader has downsides (you are responsible for yourself, something you’re not used to, most of your revenue will never be stable etc)

But to be truthful being fully responsible and not having a stable income isn’t the real downside, they can actually be seen as a positive.

The main challenge with being a digital nomad is saying good bye to people. Every time you make a really good friend it’s more than likely they will leave or you will leave and you won’t meet for the next few months or more

You won’t be seeing your “home” friends as often, it’s a lot harder to meet-up for drinks on a friday night if you’re on a different continent (strange eh)

It gets lonely.

Literally – I didn’t spend more than 3 hours with the same person while I was in Greece

You end up hating saying good bye to those amazing people so you avoid making new friends after a while.

I’ve been in that trap, only recently realized I’m giving up the best part of being a digital nomad because I’m scared of saying bye.

When you become a digital nomad – I have no doubt you would like to if you’re reading this post – don’t forget this.

Learn to appreciate saying good bye to people, try to turn it into a positive, every single good bye you say will usually lead to a new friend, you just have to say “Hi” once more.

It’s not the easiest thing to do, but if you need to talk about it, feel free to message me.


Becoming a full-time FX trader enables you to become a nomad, but what’s next?

There’s so many courses out-there trying to teach you to become a “digital nomad” would it be marketing gurus, or even forex education company but once there no one talks about it…

The incentive for everyone that helps you (or tries to sell you stuff) is to help you get there, not to thrive once you’ve reached that goal.

Becoming a digital nomad isn’t the end of the journey,
it’s only the beginning

It’s a bit like climbing a mountain – but getting to the top is being happy, confident, consistent, and thriving. Becoming able to live life on your own terms is one of the first camps, there’s still a lot of hurdles you are yet to be faced with

But there’s always new peaks to aim for

I wish there was more about getting there, for sure climbing the first peak – becoming a nomad or a full-time FX trader is great but you need to keep hiking higher. Life doesn’t finish there, instead the view you have over your life is only starting to be amazing, so keep hiking because the view from the top is always more enjoyable.

I’ll do my best to share a few things on that aspect.

The first one being, keep saying hello to new people. It may sound obvious, but at one point you will fall into the loneliness trap, it’s happened to everyone I’ve met that have been on the road for more than a year traveling to different locations on a regular basis.

Everything that comes into your life will have to be balanced, everything bad will lead to something good, someone cheating on you will lead you to meet a better person, you losing money trading may teach you a key lesson, being lonely may help you find a new best friend etc.

Start to look where’s the lesson, where’s the pleasure you’re about to receive to every time you are faced with a challenge. For every challenge you are faced it will be offset with a reward, as long as you go out there and are willing to go through the pain and struggle. It’s all about balance.

Keep looking at the positive side of things and of your situation – and remember why you do it. It’s easy to quit if you forget the why.

The first step is to love what you do.
While remembering why you do it

Embrace the challenges, be grateful for them, offset the positive and negative – you need the two sides, avoid being in a negative mindset, try to become grateful for everything. It’s freaking hard, but as soon as you neutralize all your worries you will be able to keep on going forward and even thrive

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post! I hope you enjoyed seeing the other side of becoming a digital nomad / full time FX trader – and realized that’s not the end.


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