# 8 - Midnight In Beirut

We were laying over in the airport in Istanbul when the coup happened. People gathered around the bar television to watch tanks rove the streets and jets fly low over the city. It was no surprise why our flight to Lebanon was delayed - Turkey was in a state of emergency. It was only two weeks before that an Istanbul airport was bombed. I'm not sure if these factors had anything to do with the ungodly service in the restaurant, but we were left with nothing to do but make new friends and buy each other drinks. The captain and crew huddled at the terminal, deciding whether or not to fly. After some hours without word, people began forming a boarding line. "What's happening?" One of us asked. "

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