Three scents accompany my memories of this place: cut wood, poppy-seed bread, and the soft, crisp smell of snow. – Elif Shafak.

Disabled Lebanese protest proposed Social Affairs Ministry budget cuts near the presidential palace in Baabda. (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

Disabled Lebanese protest proposed Social Affairs Ministry budget cuts near the presidential palace in Baabda. (Hasan Shaaban / The Daily Star)

Locals are silhouetted by the sunrise as they doing their early sports on the Corniche along the Beirut coastline, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Locals are silhouetted by the sunrise as they doing their early sports on the Corniche along the Beirut coastline, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)

People pose for a selfie in the Lebanese ski resort of Faraya, north of Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

People pose for a selfie in the Lebanese ski resort of Faraya, north of Beirut. (Anwar Amro / AFP)

President Michel Aoun meets a delegation from the National Union of Disabled Associations in Lebanon at Baabda Palace. (Dalati Nohra)

President Michel Aoun meets a delegation from the National Union of Disabled Associations in Lebanon at Baabda Palace. (Dalati Nohra)

A diver playing with jelly-fish off the shore of the town of Qalamoun, south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Ibrahim Chalhoub / AFP)

A diver playing with jelly-fish off the shore of the town of Qalamoun, south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, Lebanon. (Ibrahim Chalhoub / AFP)

Ziad Baroud takes a selfie with a woman as he arrives to submit his candidacy at the Interior Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohammad Azakir / The Daily Star)

Ziad Baroud takes a selfie with a woman as he arrives to submit his candidacy at the Interior Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohammad Azakir / The Daily Star)

Director Ziad Doueiri (C) speaks, surrounded by (L to R) actors Camille Salameh, Rita Hayek, Christine Choueiri, Diamand Bou Abboud, along with screenwriter Joelle Touma, producer Antoun Sehnaoui and actor Adel Karam seen during the Oscars Reception in Beverly Hills, California. (Ammar Abd RABBO / BALKIS)

Director Ziad Doueiri (C) speaks, surrounded by (L to R) actors Camille Salameh, Rita Hayek, Christine Choueiri, Diamand Bou Abboud, along with screenwriter Joelle Touma, producer Antoun Sehnaoui and actor Adel Karam seen during the Oscars Reception in Beverly Hills, California. (Ammar Abd RABBO / BALKIS)

Rana el-Hayek, 22, poses in a car repair garage where she works in Qannabat Brummana, northeast of Beirut, after following her childhood dream to become a mechanic and studying electrical engineering. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

Rana el-Hayek, 22, poses in a car repair garage where she works in Qannabat Brummana, northeast of Beirut, after following her childhood dream to become a mechanic and studying electrical engineering. (Joseph Eid / AFP)

A model during a lingerie fashion show at the ski resort of Mzaar-Kfardebian, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

A model during a lingerie fashion show at the ski resort of Mzaar-Kfardebian, Lebanon. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)

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