Back at the end of February the Libyans took the BBC team to a meeting with the foreign minister.
Our car raced there through streets that were dark and chilly and almost empty. It was about 8pm and Tripoli looked shuttered and scared.
The other night, at about the same time in the evening, the Libyans took us on the same journey to the same place.
Every shop was open. In one well-off area, parents were walking around with their children.