We were excitingly eager to change from Faraya this New Year’s because we grew bored of the same landscape and (drunk) parties. Many people within my circle of acquaintance made this move.
Personally speaking, was this change to Arez a worthwhile one? Well, keep reading along to find out!
First of all, and according to the cab driver that drove us, there is no such thing as Arez or El Arz, where we spent the new year is in Bcharreh, a village close to the “arzet” by a 5 minute walk, which is the Cedars forest of Lebanon (that I unfortunately did not visit).
I first got insights about Arez from my younger sister, Nella, who has been there a couple of times with her group of friends because some of them own a chalet at the mountain. She likes it but it’s not until I went there, that I understood what she really means is that she has fun because it’s quality time with friends.
We rented a chalet for three nights before and including New year’s eve at Tony Arida Center. Nour, Mia, and I went there on the 30th and slept in for two nights. The chalet was overcrowded because everyone invited wanted to sleep there because it is in a compound right in front of the “seha” or place where everyone gathers at NYE around some music, drinks, and friends. If someone wanted to sleep on a bed alone then the alternative to that would be renting a hotel room at Le Cedrus, which is facing us on the opposite side of the street, or rent a chalet that needs a car drive to get to the main “seha”.
On the night of the 30th, an event at the Storm nightclub was sponsored by Hotel Alpine in the purpose of rivaling with Tony Arida’s all-day playing DJ. The music they both played was the same, hit records, popular and Rn’B music.
Considering the food, I honestly did not have a proper meal there because my friends who have been there the day before were only telling me how bad it is. So instead, on the first night, we ate chips and crackers we have brought up with us. On NYE, we went to have brunch in Ehden (no hint of snow there) at G’s cafe and had jumbo pizzas with tasty Poutine fries. That NYE night, a friend at the chalet managed somehow to find a barbeque set, God knows how, and grilled hot dogs that we ate on a sandwich with frozen cheddar cheese, mustard, mayo and ketchup. It was vital to have considered getting food with us because we could have died of hunger.
On that note, I’m going to mention in a next post what to pack with you for a trip to Arez, even including your wardrobe. As you know, it is too cold in Arez and I should have been more aware of that, and get my CVS cream, which works wonders, instead of having my face dehydrated with a sensation of burning pain when applying foundation. I got sick after NYE when I tried to get out a couple of times without my parka because I was boasting that I was warm enough. It doesn’t work that way, you’re going to be very careful if you don’t want to catch the flu and have your friends that you hang out with the most complaining that they’re going to catch it too. (Next time she knows she won’t share her glass of water)
Comparing to Faraya or Faqra, Arez is really much colder although they are almost at the same altitude. (Facts checked) And the food is far better in Faraya/Faqra because there is some popular chain of restaurants that open there for the high seasons of both winter and summer. And considering the locals, there is no doubt that the people of Arez are serious crooks (waited a good hour for Mankouchi on Saj is just craziness, and for at least, twice its price) and have a fearful reputation of pulling guns (my friends stopped me from beginning an altercation, you should have known I’m kind of a problem maker).
It might seem as if I did not have lots of fun, but I really did! I’m not ready to forget the fights over the beds, the laughs and memories in the first morning hours instead of going to sleep. All in all, it was definitely quality time with friends.