Finally in Tripoli
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 5, 2013 5:43 AM Last Post By: 2graylegs
Aug 18, 2012 6:00 AM
Finally in TripoliInstead of creating another post, I decided to rewrite this post...
I purchased my ticket 2 hours before departure from Tunis Air at Tunis airport for $185 Tunisian Dinars. The ticket counter accepts American Express and every other form of payment. A visa is required and I have been asked at the counter and at the gate prior to boarding. The flight overall was somewhat smooth, except that a Libyan insisted on smoking on the flight. Thankfully, there was a Tunisian Air Marshal on the plane, which promptly subdued him and restrained him to the back of the plane.
Tripoli Airport/Visa Process
Upon landing, we had to disembark the plane and was greeted by bullet ridden doors/windows. It was a quick reminder that Libya is still fairly unstable. I could see from other passengers on the plane that they were equally shocked as well. I presented the copy of my visa to the customs agent, and he directed me to a window on my right. See pic here
I was told to take a seat, while the officer looked through his binder for my visa approval. After about 15 minutes, I was instructed to pay 100.50 Dinars. Unfortunately, I didn't have the right currency and was told to head downstairs past baggage claim to the "bank" for change. After getting the proper currency, I proceeded back upstairs through baggage claim and paid for my visa.
After getting my hand written visa, I proceeded back down stairs to get my checked baggage. All bags are scanned by the Police prior to departure for contrabands. i.e. Alcohol is strictly forbidden, but available on the black market.
Unfortunately, the hotel failed to get me a car. So, I managed to negotiate a "black" cab to my hotel. I was charged 20 Dinars, it wasn't a "Panda" cab, but a new Toyota Camry.
...I'll update with more information in a little bit.
Edited by: NYCGlobeTrotter
Aug 20, 2012 2:39 PM
Aug 21, 2012 4:02 AM
2Good Morning! Anyway, besides the constant, but sporadic gun fire. Tripoli is rather "safe". The people are very nice and don't come off as hostile. No kids or anyone approached us panhandling. Actually, they were more intrigue on why I would come to such a place and what I was doing there.
As I'm typing this a fighter jet just flew by and rocked the city. So, I'm guessing
a) he got nothing better to do
b) he just bombed something
c) he going to bomb something
Overall, the city is "safe" during the day, but I wouldn't wander around once it gets dark. It's just not smart. I'm sure most Libyans would agree. Unlike Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, there is NO nightlife here. None!
Aug 22, 2012 3:11 AM
3Thanks for the great update on the visa process upon your arrival to the Tripoli Airport!
You arrived just a couple days too late to miss the nightlife in Tripoli!...up until this past weekend when Ramadan ended, going out in the middle of the night was like being out in broad daylight...EVERYONE was out!...the shops were open, the streets were bustling with people, and there was tons of traffic on the roads! I think people are tired now and getting back into the routine of "normal" life again, so it might take nightlife a little time to pick back up again.
I have also noticed the fighter jet planes flying over a lot the last several days. That has been a more recent thing. And along with other nighttime noises, there are also a lot of fireworks that go off at night for various celebrations!...engagements, weddings, and who knows what else!
Aug 22, 2012 8:07 AM
4Thanks Jill. I experienced the Ramadan nightlife in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Syria this year. I'm sure it was even better in Tripoli, now that the revolution is over.
I now realized that the sporadic gun shots at night was celebratory gun shots for the New Year. There wasn't much last night, but I gotten used to it from Syria. Except, I would hear mortar rounds and etc.
Today, I found the post office along with the postmaster who promptly gave me a short tour of the Tripoli and the turkish markets by Martyrs Square. Apparently everyone know who he was, it was non stop shaking of hands with kisses on both cheeks. Like old Italian Men. Afterwards, we had a Lebanese lunch by my hotel. I have been to 97 countries and the hospitality that the Libyans have shown is astounding. Libyan hospitality should be mirrored throughout, and they definitely know how to make a guest feel welcomed.
Over lunch, we talked about his life before/after the revolution, his family, kids, aspiration and etc. He also invited me to his house tonight for a traditional Libyan dinner with his family. So, i'm really looking forward to that. Again, what hospitality!
Anyway, I digress.... practical information
Post office - There are two by Attawfeek Hotel. The smaller branch is located approximately 3.5 blocks from the hotel, across from the Libyan Oil office. The larger one is 2.5 blocks further up. From Attawfeek to the Larger Post Office is approximately 10-15 minutes walk.
Post Cards/Stationary/Book Store - There is one approximately 1.5 blocks from the post office. If you were facing the main post office, take the first street on your right and you'll see it down the block.
See my map for further info...
Nov 18, 2012 7:04 AM
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