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What Did I Do on the Weekend?
I go out EVERY SINGLE weekend, come rain or shine. I simply do not understand how your parents can stand staying in Beirut all week long, and then on the weekend as well. I usually visit some place in Lebanon on a Saturday, or on a Sunday, and if I am lucky, I get to go both days!
This weekend I had work on Saturday, but on Sunday I went on a picnic in an olive grove up North. It was an absolutely gorgeous sunny day! I was surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of olive trees, and wild flowers. We had our picnic in between the flowers and the trees. My children played soccer, climbed trees, ran with the dogs, picked flowers and learned the names of four of them (buttercups, daisies, lemongrass and clover), hid in the grass, went off-road with a bicycle, walked in mud and chased the free-range pigs. Free-range pigs are pigs that are not confined to a pen, but are allowed to walk free in between the olive trees and the oak forest, where they dig for acorns (Pigs adore acorns), until the times comes to turn them into pork chops. This is an area where some farmers let their pigs run free.
I was a bit worried about the pigs. I am used to pigs, as we have them in our country, and I know they can have a really mean bite. They’re not docile like cows, for instance. But my children are not used to pigs, and they think all farm animals are nice. I could just picture my daughter being gobbled up by a mean porker. However, these pigs were not that domesticated, and were afraid of us, so they chased them off the olive grove pretty fast.
On the way back home I got stuck in a massive traffic jam. We rolled down the windows, played really loud rap music, and made the car bounce up an down. My children wish my car had hydraulics, so it would bounce up and down all by itself. When we got home, everyone rolled right into their beds, muddy and smelly and all. Just like the pigs. What a lovely feeling.
Really, you should tell your parents to be a little more adventurous and go out into the country on the weekend. There is so much to see in this lovely country! (I’ll post some pictures of this day soon)
Article posted March 23, 2009 at 01:58 AM •
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