A trip around the country!

I initially wrote this for my last post, but I thought it’d be nice to have it be a standalone. I have recently discovered how wonderful it is to read past posts about special events you want to remember. I stumbled upon my First Day of School post, and honestly I wouldn’t really remember much of what happened weren’t it written down. I do have a diary, but it’s rather messy and way less detailed. That’s why I decided to make a single post for this, with all the pictures included, so I could look back on it one day and smile ๐Ÿ™‚

The school trip! It was so good.

We went to Zahle, a city in Lebanon you’ve never heard of because you barely know what a Lebanon is. But fear not! I made sure to captute everything in pictures, just for you ๐Ÿ˜€

First, we visited Ksara, a renowned winery.

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We arrived, and watched a short documentary about the history of Ksara, and how they produce wine. Just like with all documentaries showing how a factory makes its products, it was extremely satisfying.

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Then, we went to the tasting bar, where glasses of white wine were awaiting us (yes. Wine tasting school trips for us 16 year olds. Your faves could never.)
May I just say, they tasted AMAZING. I usually don’t like wine but this tasted like *insert very sophisticated and hard to spell adjective here*.

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Now came the awesome part: we got to visit the caves where they kept the wine barrels!
It was like we were transported into war catacombs (by the way, according to the tour guide they were used during wars for people to hide). My and my Potterhead of a bestie felt like we were exploring the Chamber of Secrets. See for yourself!

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After the winery, we visited a couple of touristic places. This is the Berdawneh:

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It doesn’t have anything too special but it’s just a nice place. It’s usually ‘active’ only during summer, so when we went the restaurants weren’t open. It was still a nice walk by the river.

Next, we visited the Lady of Zahle church. I didn’t take much pictures of the actual church because we were all too busy with the awesome tower:

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See that? We had to climb literally fifty flights of stairs to get there. But it was so worth it because the view was breathtaking:

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Here is my pathetic attempt at taking a dramatic picture by holding out my phone over the edge of the balcony:

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As you can see I was a weeee bit shakey. I mean come on what if I dropped it.

On the way back, the landscape was nice.

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But sadly it was littered with trash.

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Oh look sheep!!

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By the way, I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures of the mounds of trash in Beirut. It’s TERRIFYING. And disgusting. Just look it up online.

After that we had lunch in Burger King (SO YUMMEH) and went to an ammusement park. It was fun, aside from one tiny incident where I almost died.
You know the Pirate Ship? The one where you swing in a ship and you reach an almost upside down position at the summit?
Well, when I was at that summit, the seatbelt/bar that held us safe from falling unlocked and opened.
You couldn’t believe the amount of freaking out I was experiencing. Me and my friends next to me tried our hardest to push down on the bar and not fall over when the boat went up again.
But that’s not the worse part. When the ride was miraculously over with no harm done, I went off panicking, but the guy who was opperating the ride came up to me. He looked livid. I could tell he wanted to yell or to hurt someone from his eyes but he feared doing so in front of so many people. He spoke in such a heated and angry but low voice and basically threatened me that no one should know what happened, that I better keep my mouth shut and that he’s watching me. Obviously then I understood that he pushed the unlock button by accident and was scared he’d be fired if someone came to know about this. But the way he handled it was downright evil, and it left me seriously traumatized. I was scared. I couldn’t wait until we left. I kept thinking about this incident during the next few days and it bothered me a lot. It just spoke so much about what was awaiting me when I grow up, what kind of people and situations I’ll have to deal with.
Still, I didn’t let that ruin my day. I continued to have fun, and actually experienced my first 5D/XD cinema experience and it was SO COOL! I watched 2, in the first we were on a Temple Run style ride in a wagon and it was MAJESTIC. All the thrill of being on a roller coaster minus the possibility of getting killed! And the second was a very Harry Potter-esque horror movie. My friends shat their pants but I enjoyed it a LOT. I wish they made full length movies in that format. Imagine living the Battle of Hogwarts in that setting!

At last, we returned home. I ate all the left over sweets as I participating in the iconic post-trip ritual of trading pictures with everyone and laughing at the faces we made in the amusement park.

Here’s to the next trip!

All the things! (Actually just 2)

Hey! Remember me?

I’m Anthony, the horrible and irresponsible guy behind A Very Awkward Blog who hasn’t posted in a whole week.
I really have no excuse except that I’ve been horribly lazy. Also this has been quite a hectic week. I initially intended to do a post for each separate event but I realized that I have done 0. NONE. So I decided to just cram ’em all into one!
By the way, the only reason I’m writing this now is because I’m supposed to be studying for my maths, physics, chemistry and civism tests coming this week. Like how can I be myself if I don’t procrastinate? C’mon.

Saturday, March 5th

I skipped my piano lesson for the first time. Shame on me.
The reason was that my philosophy teacher had invited me and some friends to a seminary in a college, where they were going to show philosophical movies and discuss them. My friends were on a trip to a 5-star hotel that I couldn’t afford so I thought I’d go instead of moping around. I went with a girl from my class and met with our teacher and people from another class at the college. The first movie was too much to describe. Some words that come to mind are: weird, complicated, mentally messed-up, uncomfortable, disturbing. It was this black-and-white old Swedish movie called The Seventh Seal or something full of witch burnings and crazy jesters and yelling and torture. There was also a Voldemort-like character that wears all black and is supposed to be death and plays chess with people. Also, the Virgin Mary appeared next to a dancing baby. You know, typical saturday movie.
At that point I was thinking ‘what the fuck am I even doing here’. The philosophical people discussed the movie and its seemingly deep meanings and I was utterly lost. Then came lunch time and the sandwiches were so good. I’d even say that was the best part of the whole day. After that, they showed the second movie, and while it was not my usual type it was considerably better than the first. At least it was in color. And had a plot. We discussed it and I found that I understood and enjoyed that, so I’ll be coming back next month, hopefully with my friends.

Woow! One down.

Tuesday, March 1st

I almost forgot about that one. On that day, I felt like not going to school because I needed to study for the maths test I told you about in my last post (I ended up getting 15 by the way. A lot more than what I first thought I’d get but still not on par with the amount of studying I had done). Unfortunately I had chosen the wrong day to be absent because they gave us our mid-year exam grades that day.
I was going to write out every grade but ain’t me got time fo dat (also you probs don’t really care) so here’s da pic:

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Yep! I’m first in my class. Whoow! 16.57 is a very good grade (well my friend in the other class got 17 but he’s a big exception) and I would have loved to get it in front of all the basics (there comes my modesty) but like all dem know it be me on top. I should really stop trying to sound thug because it’s just pathetic.
I can’t believe I got 38/40 on English! I only “lost” two grades on the essay because 13/15 is the top grade (for some curious reason, you can’t get a perfect score on the essay). It’s really the grade I’m the most proud of.
My maths grade is, while not horrible, still unsatisfactory. I studied for a LOT more than 92/120. And the dilemma continues…
In History, Philosophy and Geography, however, I got a grade way higher than what I deserved. Seriously! I’m really lucky. I studied the right stuff at the right time. This won’t keep working forever but I’m getting away with it for now!
This exam also marked the first time in my history where I got a higher grade on my Arabic essay (5.5/8) than on French one (5/8). I mean I’m very happy that I got such a grade but I literally used to get top grades in French. Maybe my investment in English and neglect of French had its impact (even though in my opinion what I wrote deserved a much higher grade). Oh well.
Enough about my grades. Let’s move on!

Actually, let’s not make this post a super long one that no one will read. Yay for procrastination! No, I swear I’ll begin on the next one right now. Maybe pre-schedule it. I haven’t done that in ages.

[NB: 8 hours later. Still haven’t started that post.]

Anyway, GUYS HOW U BEEN?? It’s been really long. Tell meh all about ur lyfs down belo
Byz

50 Awkward Stages of my Airport Trip

Today we went to the airport to pick up my uncle’s family who are coming to stay for two weeks to attend my other uncle’s wedding. While I went mostly because I wanted to listen to a new album on the road, it was quite a process.ย 

1. Omagash we’re goin to the airport like cool people who actually aren’t confined to this country do omagash omagash

2. Let’s sleep early so we won’t feel sleepy on the road. *reschedules alarm to 3 A.M.*

3. *3 A.M.* What who where what’s happening what am I doing here who am I what’s going on what’s that soundย 

4. WHO TURNED ON THE ALARM CLOCK THIS EARLY IS THIS A JOKE IT’S ONLY 3 A.M. I WANNA SLEEP

5. Ohh right. The airport.

6.*Clumsily puts on clothes*

7.*Realizes shirt is on backwards and readjusts it*

8. Off we go yaaaay

9. Shit that’s a long ride.

10. My butt is hurting already gosh how can they bear sitting in that airplane for 14 hours straight

11. Let’s not talk about my headphones that are pretty much sewing my ears to my skull.

12. And we’ll never be royals (rooooyals)

13. Are we there yet

14. Are we there yet

15. Baby I rule I rule I rule I ruuuule

16. Are we there yet

17. Fucking finally.

18. OH GOD THE SMELL. THEY WEREN’T KIDDING ON THE NEWS.

19. Ooooo we’re goin in omagash omagash omagashh

20. So many peoplezz. Why do they all have to look cooler than me. I didn’t really think about all the damage to my self-esteem this trip would cause.

21. Oh great a caffeteria.

22. 20$ for a coffee no thank u. Also I don’t even drink coffee so.

23. Selfie time with sis.

24. No wait lemme fix my hair.

25. No wait until this man passes so it won’t look like we’re taking photos of him (but I mean look at him why would we)

25. No wait we should move a little so the airport signs are visible and people know how cool we are to be involved in airports and such.

26. Hmm this filter looks better actually

27. Lemme post it on insta omg we’re so cool out n about at 5 A.M.

28. There.

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29. Okay so maybe we should go and wait for our cousins to appear because that’s why we’re here?

30. Omg I want his hair can I have his hair

31. Lol is she lost

32. OMG THAT’S THEM THAT’S nope wait it’s a man in a dress.

33. Look at all those old people why do they get to travel and not me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

34. This kid is such a diva.

35. Finally it’s them yaaaaay omfg they’ve changed so much it can’t have been two years only

36. *awkward confusion* do I stay here do I go meet them do I do a backflip

37. Um hi hello hi how are you how was your flight are you tired okay well great hello hi

38. And the award for the most awkward welcome goes to… *no drumroll cz winner is obvs*

39. Um I’ll go with dad you go with the others what no please I have anxiety oh alright fine

40. Hello young shy cousin welcome to Lebanon. No it does not smell that horrible everywhere. Also this sand storm isn’t permanent. Wow what a great first impression we’re making.

41. *awkward silence for about an hour*ย 

42. Okay then if you don’t mind imma play on my phone for a bit

43. Seriously now you bother to ask me questions when I’m in the zone – um no uncle how many times have you asked I am not in college yet and I do not have a girlfriend to go marry in Australia. Though I wish both were true.

44. OMFG SLOW DOWN THERE’S A RETARDED DOG SLEEPING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!!1!

45. *texts dad who’s behind us so he watches out for retarded dog*

46. Yes now open your window see it doesn’t smell like trash everywhere

47. Oh well it does here but only because of the fertilizers.

48. Yay we’re home

49. *stands smiling awkwardly in the back with dad and sisters watching cousins being greeted by everyone and cried upon by grandma*

50. Alright well you enjoy your breakfast I’ll just go sleep for days ๐Ÿ™‚

Wasn’t this fun.