Re: Hookah and Arak
PI: it's personal preference, but please let me know what your personal preference is. I'd love to share a kas arak with you one day my brotha from anotha motha.
HJ: atm i forget where you are currently but i think you should be able to get some arak anywhere in the world where there is a Lebanese community, which should be in any major European city.
As far as absinthe I have little or no knowledge on the subject so I am not sure of the comparison ...