I had spent the last twenty minutes huddled in as many layers as I could find, breathing warm air into my buff, knowing that I might be disappointed. It’s one of those things you always hear about the Northern Lights; cameras pick it up better than our eyes do, try not to be too expectant, you might be let down. Well, so far nothing about that trip had been quite what I’d expected, and I wouldn’t have been anywhere else.
How different would life be if I chose, for example, a different homestay? A different city? A different country? What if I didn’t choose to go on exchange at all? There are so many possible answers to these questions. In the theory of parallel universes, a separate version of myself is living out all of these options, walking down the paths that these junctions set them onto. The question I ask myself; would I rather be one of them, instead of me?
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Brisbane is a step up again. It’s a REAL city, with 2.3 million inhabitants. Which is... 30 times bigger than Bath, and 127 times bigger than Sleaford. 127. I’m not saying I wasn’t prepared for a difference, but I didn’t think I’d get quite such a shock.
Shaped by some of nature’s strongest forces, ice and fire have carved out this country’s valleys and built its islands into one of the most spectacular and diverse natural landscapes in the world.
All I could think of was how disappointed in myself I would be to make it all of this way and NOT get to the top.