I’ve been a fan of Bourdain’s travel shows for a while. Always up for anything, and ready to explore the worlds outside resorts and english menus. He was in Beirut for two days, filming on Lebanon. Then the bombs started. His article on Salon is a good read:
Watching Beirut die – We went to Beirut to film a TV show about the city’s newly vibrant culinary and cultural scene. Then the bombs started falling, and we could only stand on the barricades of our hotel balcony and watch it all disappear — again.