Feeling Autumn

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I first had the notion of what Autumn feels like when I was coming through Siberia, but I was inside so much that only rarely had I felt it on my skin. I'd left England at the back end of the previous summer, so I was missing an autumn cycle and living in a sub-tropical climate for 9 months and then criss-crossing China in the summer, I'd forgotten quite what it's like. Having had a first hint at Autumn in Russia, as I came West it disappeared as we moved back into late summer. It revealed itself once more, as I was crunching through leaves in Munster and under the sheet grey skies of Utrecht. Now I'm back in London I'm freezing and definitely feeling it!

It's a nice feeling though, a bit like reacquainting yourself with an old friend. I can look up at the sky or listen to the wind or feel the humidity in the air and I know it's Autumn. I suppose there's a comfort of familiar surroundings mixed up in those sensations too. The strangest thing is that I really can't describe or explain it. There are things you associate with autumn like conkers on the horse chestnut trees, people heading to work in overcoats or the shortening evenings. I feel I'm experiencing something less tangible than that, which I suppose is probably just a finely tuned fusion of the senses that I've developed during my lifetime.
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