Like I promised, I did blog my entire trip to Beirut - but my classmates and I did it on another site. It can be read at http://beingbeirut.blogspot.com
In case you are wondering, I had a blast and returned in one piece. Lebanon is a beautiful country with friendly people and great food. I strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to get acquainted with the Middle East and its culture. It is also the kind of place where you are welcome to talk about politics - there is little to fear from the people there, especially in times of relative peace.