You get some beautiful sunsets in Tripoli. This is the view of the sun dipping below the horizon from our hotel along on the Corniche. The city seems to go on for miles but much of it appears run down. It does not strike you as the capital of a country that is rich in high quality oil reserves. Despite that, Tripoli has a certain charm about it which appeals to me.
It’s been very quiet on the news front since we arrived on Monday. The original plan was to stay here for 3 weeks, holding the BBC fort over the festive season. But I think we will battle to keep ourselves busy.
After the revolution, interest in Libya from the outside world has died down. The interim government is still trying to set itself up and oversee the first phase of the transition to democracy. Many of the brigades that fought in the revolution are still armed and it remains to be seen if the various factions can achieve national unity.