Funny and wonderful things that have happened this week…
1) Ate the best falafel ever at an Emirati chain called “Just Falafel” in Beirut Mall yesterday accompanied by a pretty big White Chocolate Mocha that was only $3 which is definitely cheaper than Starbucks in the U.S. I think… (http://www.justfalafel.com/menu/menu-listing#Sandwiches)
2) A random Lebanese guy that I met at a coffee shop bought me a rose from a kid selling them on the street and asked me out for beers (this was last week, pre-Ramadan). So we went out for drinks on Thursday and ended up not really having very much in common and/or to talk about, so when there was an awkward silence I was like, “Um…so, what’d you think of the revolution yesterday?” Casual.
3) This tumblr is absolutely hilarious. “An Illustrated Take on Jay-Z’s 99 Problems”
4) Heard these encouraging quotes: “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.” – Czech proverb …YES.
“To know a second language is to possess a second soul.”- Emperor Charlemagne
“Grammar: The difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.”
“We should learn languages because language is the only thing worth knowing even poorly.” – Kató Lomb …This pretty much nails how I feel about Arabic…so beautiful, but almost futile in its difficulty, complexity and richness.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ‒ Nelson Mandela