Warm hugs from the Karel fans in the land way down under!  It is winter / night time down here.  Some days it is warm enough to venture out, most of the time we do not.

We suspect you rarely have an opportunity to be without noise.  Between cars, trucks, airplanes. music players, and the bustle of city life you probably do not experience silence that often.

When the wind is not blowing, the silence is wonderful.  Complete silence.  You can hear yourself .. hear your heart beat .. hear your thoughts, etc.  Sometimes we take turns when it is warm enough to suit up, go outside, sit on a chair and just enjoy being alive.  No TV.  No radio.  No phone.  No Internet.  No Email.  Just life!

When we do get vacations once in a while and venture up north off the continent.  When we do, our noses are assaulted by smells.  When we fly into a place like South America or Australia: as we fly into an airport we smell the petroleum in the air. After a few days our noses become customized to living in a petrol world and we no longer smell it. But for the first few days it is very notable.  Makes us wonder what dogs think of that air.

Speaking personally one thing I do when I return is find a greenhouse arboretum and sit in the middle of green plants. There are no plants in the middle of Antarctica.  Nothing living in the interiors of Antartica except us crazy humans.  So at the start of vacation, I find myself reaching out and touching trees, flowers, grass, etc.  Flowers are really powerful smell producers, especially in the evening.  Your Antarctic nose becomes super sensitive living down here because there is really not much that emits a smell. Sitting inside an arboretum when I return seems like a magical experience.

Warm hugs!


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