Woke up to a major storm (driving rain, howling wind, thunder, lightning, the works). Spent the morning at the hotel reading and packing. Went out and had lunch and spent the afternoon wandering around Hamra until I was wet enough, then went in and read at a cafe. Final internet check, and now it's off to Jordan.
I have to admit I'm impressed by MEA Airliban. The plane was brand new, spotless, and modern. The flight attendants were excellent, and even the food was good! Got to Lebanon international Airport, got my visa (they'll only take Dinars as payment, and no place in the airport will exchange Lebanese Lira), and caught a cab into the city (the airport is about 25 miles outside the city center). Picked a hotel at random from the guidebook, it's pretty dodgy, but it will work. Went out and had a beer, came back talked to some of the other hotel guests (a couple Australians and an English guy).