My name is Lilou Sticks and for the moment, I have nowhere to call home.

So everyday, I read, take pictures, watch films, eat cinnamon buns and cookies, go to museums, drink blue water, walk, I walk a lot, a whole lot, look at mirrors, listen to music, touch fabrics, taste and smell everything around me.

This is how I am trying to remember where I come from.

If you feel the same way I do, let’s try to find our homes together.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Up to the mountains and down to the sea

I was in Beirut.

I found a big, big, big, big, big, big, house that looked more like a museum than a house, but it was a house, and I knocked on the door but no one answered. So, I walked and found a cat sleeping on the staircase. I tapped it and then the cat woke up. I said:

 "I’m so sorry to wake you up but can you tell me who’si living here?"

Then the cat laughed, like this and said, in this really funny accent:

"Miu miu miu, habibti no one has been living here since 1975 ! Miu miu Miu"

I thought, that’s a long time. So I asked the cat if I could live there for a bit and she said she didn’t care. So I did.
The area I was staying in was called hamra (that means red in Arabic) and I thought that was funny.

I ate 346 falafel sandwiches.
I got stuck in traffic for 657 hours. In one day.
I rode on a scooter with 7 other people, on the highway, without a helmet.
I heard 3 522 000 car horns. In one day.
Abu Elie showed me how to steal a car with a wire hanger.
I ate 85 man’ouches and 3576 pistachios
I learned a rap song from a boy selling flowers:
Flower Power, every hour, its sweet and sour !
Flower Power, every hour, its sweet AND SOUR !
Flower Power, every hour, ITS SWEET AND SOUR !

Do you feel the beat? I felt it. I loved it. Maybe Karl Lagerfeld will love it too.

Did you know that most of the things we use in our life are Lebanese? Like: Bebsi, Chiclets, Kleenex, Hot Dogs, Evian, Total, Burgers, ma3carona, Black Label.

Abu Mustapha taught me that.

I know it’s not my home, but it felt like home.
I know the people I met are not my family, but they made me feel like I was part of theirs.

 Can you spot me?

 The lady dropped a bag!


  1. Love this!!
    Hilarious and heartrending sweet

  2. didn't you drink at least 2348890 coffees as well? maybe you don't drink coffee lilou.

  3. No!! I can't drink coffee anymore, it makes my heart beat too fast :(

  4. Rose Rose la ahla jaz !
    Lilou you re smart and funny I love you

  5. lilou, where do you like now? and is that a picture of you in the house at the beginning of the post?

  6. I like too many places ! I like Paris, Rome, Beirut, Tokyo..those are just some !