Spare me a couple of parentheses?

Hello!

I am almost done packing and ready to leave for a trip to…*cue “Jaws” theme*….. Australia. In hindsight, I probably should have mentioned this a while back. My parents love traveling and usually let me tag along, so part of my summers are spent in different countries. This time my two older brothers are coming too….first time in a while, and we’ll be sharing a room. Should be interesting(by which I mean life-threatening). So, if I go missing, it will more likely be because of a duel with one of my siblings than a poisonous spider/snake/insect.

I leave you with these random pics of my Spain trip last year and promise to report back after three weeks. Hopefully, a few of you will still be around.

 

 

Cheers!

Friends Across Seas

The characters portrayed in the following work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Except maybe you, C.

Dear Kylara,
I’ve missed your legendary impatience these past few months. No one else can quite keep pace with me.

How’s life in Spain treating you? We have holidays right now. Nope, didn’t mean to rub that in. I wouldn’t mind if you raced back to yell at me in person. I’m not the only one who would like that. Starin misses his daily tummy scratcher. I can never seem to find his tickle spot. I was thinking about the time we snuck him and ourselves into the club pool after hours. The weather over here is certainly making me want to do that again.

Your mother told me about how you were finding it difficult to find vegan food in Granada, so I’m sending a few packages of ready-to-make Quinoa. Now you can live off something besides tapas. They’re easy to make. I promise. I don’t want you cursing me with a pan in hand- just as much for your sake as mine.

You know something strange? I can feel your presence hanging around every time I visit our favorite park. I told you we didn’t have to carve your initials into a tree for that to happen.
Can’t wait to hear about your adventures abroad.

Sincerely,
Ari

Battle of Wits: Seven Wonders

¬†Seven iconic places fight for the top spot among the wonders of the world. Let’s hear what each one has to say.

Eiffel Tower: I am by far the most elegant symbol of a country, besides being one of the tallest. I represent art, industry and science.

Leaning Tower of Pisa: You were only the tallest for forty years, and how many of those were spent toying with gravity?

Great Wall of China: It doesn’t take much to stand in one place and look pretty. Have any of you been able to protect your country from intruders?

Taj Mahal: Some things are more important than war. Like the love a Mughal king had for his dead wife, when he was inspired to build me.

Grand Canyon: Being a giant tomb is never a selling point. Carrying nearly two billion years of geological history in every rocky curve is.

Great Pyramid of Giza: You’re an overblown hole. I’ll have you know, being chosen as The tomb for an important person is an honor. Holding treasure was a short-term perk.

The Colosseum: I seem to be the only one with no thought of materialistic pride. I have witnessed bloodbaths, survived earthquakes and been used as a quarry. My middle name is “Courage”, which is what I give to those who seek me out in connection with their religion.

 

None of them won the battle.

 

Here, in my opinion, are the real seven wonders of the world:

 

Rain

 

Music

 

The colour Black


The Internet

 

Imagination


 

Friendship

 
Death, or more specifically, Mortality

Zooey D.: Past and Present

From: Zooey Deschanel
To: A 19 year-old Zooey Deschanel

Dear Zooey,
You’ll have a long and glorious musical and acting career ahead of you. By glorious, I mean you will have the chance to work with Joseph Gordon Levitt, and well, isn’t that enough? You don’t need to stop and wonder why you’re playing a girl named after a season in a movie that feels thin at times. Many people will love it, mostly critics, but also regular people. Some will mourn their ticket money and time bitterly, but that can’t be helped.

You’ll draw a loyal following from the hipster crowd, especially with your offbeat humor in New Girl. Oh, maybe I should have let that be a surprise. Anyway, I’m not saying which character you’ll be playing.

You should probably hang on to two friends you made at school- Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson. You’ll find out why soon enough, if you haven’t already.

You’ll find yourself tweeting pictures of your nail art when you grow up. Don’t worry, this is cute. You’ll try being a vegan, but your allergies will challenge that. You’ll also find yourself engaged to a certain Ben G. The last one is a mistake. This is most of the wisdom I can pass on to you, although I don’t know if it changes anything.

And all the traveling you did as a kid? Don’t blame Dad. It was worth it.

Signed,
Zooey D. (From the future O.o)

P.S.- Your haircut is awesome. Don’t ever change it.

P.P.S.- I may or may not have gotten up 17 times while writing this letter. I blame the ADHD.