“Why on earth did you come back? ” A question any Libyan who has spent a considerable amount of time outside Libya will get asked upon returning. Besides actual legal restraints such as visas, residencies, and finances, there is a reason why people return here.
Now living in Libya for a life time or a large amount of time can really blind you to the highlights of Libyan life, which do exist even if scarcely so.
Libya is a troubled country to say the least, what with our “the more the merrier” concept when it comes to politics resulting in three different government. The unique hostile style with which daily affairs are resolved successfully avoiding any communication of substance, or the fact that our banks have failed at their one main job, have money!
But, it is also a country that has a hidden bright side. I thought I would be the last person to say this, but I even missed things I never liked in the first place like Assida and Zimzamat!
What I think everyone can agree on is that Libya has such a unique atmosphere that can’t be easily duplicated. Beginning with our food, strange community which is a thing I am still struggling to understand (people get upset if they don’t get invited to your graduation even if you hadn’t spoken in five years) , music, shared love of complaining about the country’s state, and the excitement you get whenever a new business opens up. In a developed country like say, Britain, no one gives much of a thought to a new small business opening up, however, in Libya, new businesses lift up the mood and just make everyone think that if someone can start a new business, things can’t be all that bad!
I am not sure where I was or am going with this, but it was a thought I wanted to share!