It’s almost the hardest thing having to pick “One” favorite spot in Libya, especially coming from a person who unconditionally adores it all because it’s not everyday that I get to visit. Sometimes it’s not even every year. Think about it. Start naming places that you love. You probably have them narrowed down to three, can you pick a favorite? I know I don’t. Especially because there is so much more to Libya I have yet to see.
"جامع الدعوة الإسلامية"
You see, I don’t wake up every morning to the voice of the Adhan from a masjid anymore. But growing up, I used to love driving around جامع الدعوة الإسلامية. I loved the architecture, I remember always sticking my head out the window and would stare at it while we’re driving.
And if I wanted to watch a sunrise or a sunset at the beach, it would have to be at least a four hour drive out of town. During Ramadan in my visit last summer, I used to stay up all night and then go and watch the sunrise from our very well known park “الكورنيش” and it’s an image I don’t forget because I remember seeing Al Saraya Al Hamra to my left and the abandoned amusement park to my right, empty streets, barely any people walking by, I see street cats and birds chirping. But also because I can still smell the nasty drainage that would unfortunately pour out in the sea. The view was worth it though.
It’s not a fifteen minute drive to get with my friends anymore just to hang out. Regardless of the constant road rage, for some reason, I loved the traffic in the streets and how the city felt so alive. I love how there are so many shops and cafes down at Jaraba Street and the fact that I could be sitting at a cafe enjoying the company of some good friends while watching everyone go on with their day as well.
Is a spot that literally never gets old. I cannot stress on how unique and beautiful it’s old buildings and structures are. As cliche as this may sound, I feel that every small, narrowed street has its own story. Which unlike many other spots in the city, remain untouched.
I think wanting to see the good in everything makes me believe that every place my foot steps is my favorite spot. I am comforted whether I’m at the al ashouri supermarket or at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
I have even fallen for the beauty of pictures that I see on the daily of other cities in Libya. Ones in which I have visited and ones in which I wish to. This country, I love endlessly. And one thing I know for sure, no matter where I travel and no matter how long I leave for, nothing will truly compare to how purely happy I feel when I’m there.
This is a great idea for those living in or out of the country to proudly share their thoughts and express their diversity while feeling like a contribute to the society. I, Aseel Aboseid support the idea of this site and am sure it will succeed in its goal to celebrate our culture and creativity.