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From the Ted Talk by Pico Iyer: Where is home?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And I went down to the room in which I was to be sleeping. Small but eminently comfortable, it had a bed and a rocking chair and a long desk and even longer picture woiwdns looking out on a smlal, private, walled garden, and then 1,200 feet of golden pampas grsas running down to the sea. And I sat down, and I began to write, and write, and write, even though I'd gone there really to get away from my desk. And by the time I got up, four huros had passed. Night had fallen, and I went out under this garet overturned saltshaker of stars, and I could see the tail lights of cars dpirnaapiesg around the headlands 12 miles to the sutoh. And it really seemed like my concerns of the peurivos day vanishing. And the next day, when I woke up in the abencse of telephones and TVs and laptops, the days seemed to stretch for a thousand hours. It was really all the fdroeem I know when I'm traveling, but it also profoundly felt like coming home. And I'm not a religious prosen, so I didn't go to the seeivcrs. I didn't consult the monks for guidance. I just took walks along the monastery road and sent postcards to loved ones. I looked at the clouds, and I did what is hardest of all for me to do usually, which is nothing at all.

Open Cloze

And I went down to the room in which I was to be sleeping. Small but eminently comfortable, it had a bed and a rocking chair and a long desk and even longer picture _______ looking out on a _____, private, walled garden, and then 1,200 feet of golden pampas _____ running down to the sea. And I sat down, and I began to write, and write, and write, even though I'd gone there really to get away from my desk. And by the time I got up, four _____ had passed. Night had fallen, and I went out under this _____ overturned saltshaker of stars, and I could see the tail lights of cars ____________ around the headlands 12 miles to the _____. And it really seemed like my concerns of the ________ day vanishing. And the next day, when I woke up in the _______ of telephones and TVs and laptops, the days seemed to stretch for a thousand hours. It was really all the _______ I know when I'm traveling, but it also profoundly felt like coming home. And I'm not a religious ______, so I didn't go to the ________. I didn't consult the monks for guidance. I just took walks along the monastery road and sent postcards to loved ones. I looked at the clouds, and I did what is hardest of all for me to do usually, which is nothing at all.

Solution

  1. hours
  2. south
  3. small
  4. absence
  5. freedom
  6. previous
  7. services
  8. grass
  9. windows
  10. great
  11. disappearing
  12. person

Original Text

And I went down to the room in which I was to be sleeping. Small but eminently comfortable, it had a bed and a rocking chair and a long desk and even longer picture windows looking out on a small, private, walled garden, and then 1,200 feet of golden pampas grass running down to the sea. And I sat down, and I began to write, and write, and write, even though I'd gone there really to get away from my desk. And by the time I got up, four hours had passed. Night had fallen, and I went out under this great overturned saltshaker of stars, and I could see the tail lights of cars disappearing around the headlands 12 miles to the south. And it really seemed like my concerns of the previous day vanishing. And the next day, when I woke up in the absence of telephones and TVs and laptops, the days seemed to stretch for a thousand hours. It was really all the freedom I know when I'm traveling, but it also profoundly felt like coming home. And I'm not a religious person, so I didn't go to the services. I didn't consult the monks for guidance. I just took walks along the monastery road and sent postcards to loved ones. I looked at the clouds, and I did what is hardest of all for me to do usually, which is nothing at all.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  70. walled
  71. windows
  72. woke
  73. write