I am a British expatriate who has been living (working) for about eight months in Libya, mostly Tripoli. I hasten to say, though I come from a very different background, that I find the place quite exciting, particularly after I discovered how safe this country is, and how friendly the Libyans are.
After managing to get my bearings right, I am really enjoying myself, going round the city and sometimes even venturing out of Tripoli to the suburbs.
For somebody like me who has always been on the go for most of my working days and who has worked for most hours of the day, I find Libya very relaxing. No, it is not yet perfect, but the way things are it looks that in a few years it would be a haven and I would like to be part of it.
I live here with my wife. My two teenage daughters are studying in England and a third son, who is married, lives in London. I was lucky enough to have them over for a short holiday three weeks ago. They were amazed that it could be such a relaxing place. We had a great time and they are eagerly looking forward to return in the spring.
What I found most lacking at first was a local English language newspaper. That is until I discovered that there is a good one around, The Tripoli Post. The 'problem' is, that it is not a daily, but only bi-weekly. However, it will do for me right now.
What I find most interesting is that it seems that most foreigners read this newspaper and on occasions when I have coffee with friends at Bab Africa, a grand hotel that I would suggest for anybody coming to Tripoli, the subject of this newspaper always comes up and we spend a lot of time, either going over the crossword or trying to Spot the Ball, and discuss the items of news carried in this newspaper.
I have learnt that The Tripoli Post is privately owned and not state-run. It's content is very down to earth well presented. I certainly would recommend it to the English speaking fraternity in Libya and even to visitors.
However, I would have liked to see more what's on in Libya as information of the sort is not easy to find if you don't really have Libyan friends who keep you updated.