On a not-Iceland related note, I’ve been feeling fernweh for the northern US and Canada recently, which means Autumn is coming… or should I say Fall? Fernweh is the strange cousin of Heimweh (homesickness) and it refers to the longing to be somewhere else, a combination of wanderlust and nostalgia.
I always get this wish that I lived in Gilmore Girls or Anne of Green Gables right about this time of year. Where I wish instead of the leaves turning grey and soggy, they became fiery golden and crisp underfoot. That there would be a dry, cool wind blowing through the streets, that wool jumpers were pulled over summer blouses, that the smell of baking would be in the air, that I would have a picket fence and a porch and a big country kitchen… You know, the typical New England image.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t ever really want to live in the US again but if I ever get a chance to study abroad or something, I will do. My college in Oxford (Exeter College) plays host to a group of exchange students from Williamstown, Massachusets every year so I would love to make a good friend whom I can visit there one September.
It’s pic-spam time!
(photos of New England in the Fall)
(Williams College, Williamstown, MA)
Isn’t is beautiful? Just for kicks, let me show you my college-to-be…*
*…you know, if I don’t magically find a place to study Scandinavian Studies somewhere. But that’s starting to look pretty much impossible unless I decide to study in another country. And anyway, it’s not a bad back-up plan. It’s beautiful, flat (so I can cycle there easily) and has really good links to the airports near London, as well as being a great place to get trains from! And it’ll set me up great for the future yadda yadda yadda meaning I can pursue my Scandinavian dream in a more roundabout way.
ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, MOTHER? This is me seeing my cup half full!