Skip in my vocabulary has 3 meanings: The first is the verb ‘to skip’ something, meaning to move on from it, the second is the noun which means a large garbage can, and finally, the third and most important is the name of my dog. My dog, Skip, was found at a very young age (approximately 2 months olds) in a skip; hence the name choice. He, along with his sister Trash, were abandoned and left to die with no water or food. Someone, thank fully, was passing by one day when they reported dogs crying out for help which was when the Peta organization in Dubai came and saved them both. Meanwhile a month before, I had just convinced my parents to adopt a puppy and decided to go in a month’s time. Going to the animal shelter was a whole new experience for me because I could not believe the stories I was hearing about how cruel some people could be towards animals. Some of the stories had a happy ending and others, sadly, didn’t. However, when I first laid my eyes on Skip, I fell in love with him because you could instantly tell he was kind-hearted and so grateful to be alive. 9 years later, Skip is one of the family members rather than a pet.
When living in a city, people tend to appreciate the nature around them when they visit countries like Lebanon. Traffic, noise, air pollution, and crowdedness are all examples of things they would definitely find in any city let alone Beirut. However, I had the privilege of leaving Beirut and going up to the Jbeil (or mountains) for a quick road trip last week and it was extremely refreshing. I got to go hiking on an amateur but considerably big mountain. I also got the chance to have my breath taken away by the spectacular scenery that some people often take for granted. The best part of it was that I got to see the famous castle and the details that went into building such an artifact; basically getting a sense of the lifestyle that the Lebanese people had in the past centuries. This hopefully will not be my only road trip. I will definitely make it a mission of mine to explore more of the breath-taking country of Lebanon and unlock its rich history.