Libya is going through a period of change. That's all we hear about, that's all we talk about. It's exciting and frustrating. It's beyond our control. All change is accompanied by some drawbacks. Sometimes you have to make a situation worse before it can get any better.  Change is rapidly multiplied and magnified, the domino and butterfly effects are always in play.

Sometimes change is good. For me I have been drinking lots more water than usual, a good change for my body, great for my skin and hair.  After a few days of forgetting to drink water regularly (as I usually do) I downed a whole bottle before heading off to pick up my little one from nursery this afternoon.  I didn't think twice about doing so, as the drive usually doesn't take longer than a half hour there and back.

Sometimes change is not so good. It's a wonder how something as simple as fixing a small portion of a road can have such a negative impact on the lives of thousands. Those of you living or working in Tripoli will have noticed the extensive amount of work being carried out on sections of Gurji and Girgarish roads. Surely fixing roads is good, but not so smart doing both at the same time. Since these major roadways feed onto each other, a horrible gridlock resulted as people tried to "cleverly" escape the traffic through the side streets.

Having managed to pick up my toddler before school closed, I was anxious to get home before my now full bladder burst! All was well, cocooned in our little air-conditioned car, as baby napped, relieving me from having to try to entertain her until the jam let up, until a fly magically appeared within our supposedly sealed space.  Yes, in true Libyan fashion, the fly buzzed around baby's head until she was up and screaming, with me swatting at it all the while being extra careful not to let the flood gates loose! A traffic jam, fall flies, whiny baby and a desperate need for a bathroom. Oh the price of change!

Word to the wise: you might want to hold back on excessive drinking this week until you get home!



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By Sarah Elmusrati

Sunday 7th November 2010

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