But then a journalist, Astrid Frevel, had the idea of going to Gharyan, a city approx.60 km south of Tripoli, on the entrance to the "Western Mountain" region. She was registered as a journalist during the elections and wanted to make use of her possibility to sneak around. Due to the fact that Austrian health group VAMED has a hospital project in Gharyan (this will be subject to an own blog entry) I decided to accompany Ms.Frevel on this historic day for Libya.
A father came with his three kids, showed and explained them what was going on and then told me that his sons have to learn. Because from now on they will do this for the rest of their life.
Carried away by so many positive impressions I tweeted "Never in my 5 years in Libya have I seen so many happy, relaxed and cheerful persons. Even the police at polling stations are laughing". So far it got retweeted 100 times, as I guess that many Libyans felt this way. It was indeed a striking feeling. Old, young, male, female, conservatives, liberals - at the polling station they were all the same: They joked with each other, showed respect and, all of them felt sooooo proud. I got several times asked "What do you think of our elections ?" or "You see, nobody believed we could do it, and now we throw our vote in the ballot box".
Quite moving was also this 94 year old lady, accompanied by her daughter.
She also had an ink-marked right index finger. (to be continued in Part II...)