October 17, 2009
I have returned.
I did not find Mr Megrahi, but several people said a heartfelt thanks. (As if I had anything to do with his release....).
The view above is from the 7th floor of my hotel, looking north. A mix of the old and the new.
Already I miss the heat and the dust. And the ability to smoke inside buildings. You may well wonder how this is possible. It turns out that man has invented a wizardry called air conditioning. This made the smoke disappear. It was truly mind-blowing. Many of the people I visited had ashtrays in their offices and it was nice to act normally again. No-one was terrified of second hand smoke. No-one did that odd hand-waving and fake coughing.
I wish that we in the developed world had access to this air conditioning. It is a wonder to behold.
Tunisia next. I already know that they have a similar attitude and have also discovered this magic.
Maybe one day the new world will discover this technology.
I live in hope.