Benghazi is the second largest city in Libya, with a population of 1.000.000.
The people of Benghazi are incredibly friendly. There is a natural curiosity about the locals, who tend to look after you and help you out. However, very few people speak any English and, because of the writing style, it is almost impossible to recognize any public signs. Most things can, however, be sorted out with a bit of pointing and hand waving. The dress code is not as liberal as in Tripoli, and women should keep themselves covered - not because there would be trouble, but just out of respect. As a local explained, the locals know we are westerners and, no matter how much we would try to fit in, we will always be seen as westerners. Therefore, the locals do not expected us to thoroughly comply with their customs. People appear to be volatile, and they like a good argument. There is a lot of shouting going on between locals, but this is not an indication of any trouble. It just sounds loud and harsh and, when translated, you find out it is generally nothing of any consequence.