I'm Laala and I'm 24 years old. This is mostly a book blog, but I also occasionally document my life.
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You can reach me at distantheartbeats@gmail.com.
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~ Tuesday, August 13 ~
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I’ll be away for a few days. I’m headed to Iraq to see some family I haven’t seen in exactly four years, and to attend a cousin’s wedding. I’ll going off the grid completely (I want to relax, so I’m not even taking my phone), so I’ll see you all when I get back.

I’ll be away for a few days. I’m headed to Iraq to see some family I haven’t seen in exactly four years, and to attend a cousin’s wedding. I’ll going off the grid completely (I want to relax, so I’m not even taking my phone), so I’ll see you all when I get back.

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~ Thursday, March 28 ~
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If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest – in all its ardour and paradoxes – than our travels. They express however inarticulately, an understanding of what life might be about, outside the constraints of work and the struggle for survival.
— Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel
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~ Thursday, August 23 ~
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We also spent some time in Cambridge, MA, since that’s where his mum lives, and I got to walk around the town and enjoy a lot of it, as well as sneak into the Harvard campus (which I’m kind of in love with). I refused to rub John Harvard’s toe, even for posterity, but I did take a picture. 

[My instagram is distantheartbeats.]

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~ Tuesday, August 21 ~
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We went walking through the woods in his backyard, and we found an old cabin of his grandpa’s that had been vandalised a few years back and then taken up by teenagers in the area and graffitied. It was pretty amazing that the support was still firm, and the surrounding area was gorgeous — ponds, two roads diverging in a yellow wood, etc. 

[My Instagram is distantheartbeats.]

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~ Monday, August 20 ~
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We went up to Halibut Point, a State Park that’s an absolute treasure. I was terrified as we scaled those enormous granite boulders, constantly worried I would slip and hurt myself badly, but I managed it (with a little help form him) safely enough. We perched on the edge with a picnic of chips and dip, sweet grapes, peaches and lots of water, trying to keep our bottoms as injury-free as possible. It was a beautiful hike and a beautiful park.

[I’ve been asked a few times now about my Instagram — it’s the same as my tumblr: distantheartbeats].

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~ Thursday, May 10 ~
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Planning trips is so much fun, but making them a reality is a pain in the ass. 

Planning trips is so much fun, but making them a reality is a pain in the ass. 

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~ Friday, May 4 ~
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But to whom does the solitary traveller make reply?
— Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
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~ Monday, January 16 ~
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This was the view out of my bedroom window at the hostel in Istanbul.

This was the view out of my bedroom window at the hostel in Istanbul.

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~ Saturday, January 14 ~
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I’m really excited about this! In a couple of weeks, I’ll be walking down the streets of Barcelona. A friend of mine is half-Spanish and offered to put me up like the lovely person that she is, so I could afford to go. I can’t wait to explore it, it’s been a dream of mine for a long time. I’m terribly disappointed that Barça won’t be playing a match while I’m there, ‘cause that would have been brilliant to go to. If you’ve been, any things I must see or do? I mean, I’m going to be with a local, so I’m sure I’ll see lots of little things I wouldn’t otherwise, but if you know of any nooks and crannies do please let me know!

I’m really excited about this! In a couple of weeks, I’ll be walking down the streets of Barcelona. A friend of mine is half-Spanish and offered to put me up like the lovely person that she is, so I could afford to go. I can’t wait to explore it, it’s been a dream of mine for a long time. I’m terribly disappointed that Barça won’t be playing a match while I’m there, ‘cause that would have been brilliant to go to. If you’ve been, any things I must see or do? I mean, I’m going to be with a local, so I’m sure I’ll see lots of little things I wouldn’t otherwise, but if you know of any nooks and crannies do please let me know!

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