Shortly afterwards, Belén Fernández and Amelia Opalinska, armed respectively with a reporter's notebook and a camera, stuck out their thumbs and headed off on a two-month hitchhiking tour of the devastated country to document what the Israelis could not destroy.
Coffee with Hezbollah recounts their journey through the strata of Lebanese religious and cultural sectors, a surreal mixture of tragedy and comedy replicated in text and photographs.
It is a hitchhiking trip like no other. Two young ladies - “an American and a Pole with a Green Card” - tour Lebanon’s postwar landscape, thumbs leading the way. Impromptu tour guides are found in passing motorists, ranging from Maronite shoppers to Shia militiamen to Druze hotel employees-slash-philosophers, with the Lebanese army and the United Nations force chipping in, as well.