Travels with Arwen
Travels with Arwen
Very long ago, lived a lonely couple on a remote hillside. The couple was very hardworking and had no problems in life except they just wanted a child for a long time.
When a celebration was going on, an angel entered with a baby, and she said:
"Dear, take this child. This is a gift from God because you are very hardworking," she said and disappeared. The couple was thrilled. They named her Arwen after the angel.
The girl grew up to be very smart and adventurous. On her sixth birthday, her uncle gifted her a golden retriever puppy. When she was eight, she was taking care of two dogs and a cat.
At the age of eighteen, she decided to go to Nigeria and become an explorer. But at that time, women were not allowed to board ships. Arwen dressed up as a man and borrowed some money from her father. She encountered many storms on the way to Nigeria, but that did not stop her.
When her real identity was discovered, Arwen was imprisoned for two weeks. After two weeks, she was free. She had to spend a year in France because she was forbidden to leave the country. That did not stop her from exploring. She explored France and made many friends. One of her best friends was Domique. Both of them decided to work for a restaurant as waitresses to earn money. They both worked very hard but made significantly less money.
The ban was lifted during the year, and Dominique and Arwen were both on board, helping each other with cleaning, cooking, and fighting. They together robbed many Spanish ships. Once, they decided to attack a ship, so they jumped on it, and the passengers abanded the ship without even a fight.
They named their ship "The Black Pearl". They encountered a gigantic storm and their boat almost drowned, but luckily some helpful sailors invited them on their ship. Their names were Roberto and her sister Clara. Arwen told Roberto and Clara about going to Nigeria. They liked the two and first sight and decided to join them. So it was four people going to Nigeria together.
When they reached Nigeria, they went to a local village. One of the men greeted them and said, "ke wacece."
The four of them looked at each other, trying to comprehend what they heard. Then another villager came and said, "Tani e."
The four couldn't understand a word until women helped them out. "These men are talking in Yoruba and Hausa. They mean, who you are?"
Roberto came closer and replied, "Hello! We are tourists from Sweden, and we came to visit this beautiful country." The man greeted them. They found a hotel named Sheraton Hotel, which had over 300 rooms.
After a few days, they learnt that the country has 527 languages, seven of which are extinct. Nigeria also has over 1150 dialects and ethnic groups. Six of them are main.
They left their hotel and went to a rainforest to learn about the plants. They found out that the rainforests have epiphyte plants which means they grow on top of each other. Some examples are orchids, mosses, lichens and various species of cacti. Roberto was fascinated by this amazing country, so he decided to stay there and let the others travel to India. They all felt sad as Roberto was an excellent friend, but they respected his decision and waved goodbye.
Instead of taking the boat this time, they bought three plane tickets and landed in the capital of India: Delhi... The three were exhausted and immediately found a hotel named The Leela Palace. They got to know that India has 22 official languages. The main are Hindi and English. After a few days, the rest decided to explore. They hired a tourist guide who took them to Red Fort first. Red Fort is a fort made of red sandstone, built by Shah Jahan. Second, they went to Qutub Minar. They learned that it was a stone minaret built by three emperors, Qutab-ud-din Aibak, Iltutmush and Firoz Shah Tughlak. The next stop was Humayun's Tomb, a tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun built by his son Akhbar. Finally, they went to Chandni Chowk. The guide told them that Chandini Chowk is in the heart of Old Delhi; Chandni Chowk is a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewellery and vivid saris. At the same time, the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets. Arwen bought a lehenga ( a skirt), Clara purchased a silver necklace, and Dominique ordered an orange sari. They had a lot of fun, but now it was time to leave. Their next stop was Japan.
Again they decided to take a flight to Japan. When they reached the airport, they were starving. On the street, they saw a man selling some food. They rushed towards it. He was selling sushi; they had heard about it a lot but never tasted it. Arwen decided to eat it, she took a bite, and she loved it. Sushi was a dish that contained rice and seafood. Arwen encouraged Dominique and Clara to taste it, so they did, but they did not like it at all. They went looking for more. They found Yaki Imo(roasted sweet potato). This time Clara decided to taste it. She ate it and enjoyed them. So did Dominique and Arwen. They took a cab to their hotel. In Japan, they went to The Imperial Palace, The Sensō-Ji Temple, The Sensō-Ji Temple and finally, Ueno Park and Zoo.
Arwen and her friends did not stop travelling until they were 60. Arwen lived a long life and died at the age of 80 because of a plane crash.