Reader, we didn’t go to Canterbury. We went to Brighton instead. There, we saw the ocean. The beach reminded us of some nicer Hong Kong beaches, where we went on occasion.
The seagulls flew freely. The lovely chubby kids fell on the pebbles, and stood up again, chasing colourful soap bubbles.
It was great to have the sun on our faces. When I was living in Hong Kong, I hated the sun, especially in Summer. I was called by some friends ‘the least sun-loving person’ they have ever known. In Winter, I am more accommodating to outdoor activities.
Is the sun different here? Yes and no. We know we have the same sun (unless some of you are living in science fiction) but of course because we are further North, the sun is weaker. There is a Chinese saying: ‘The moon in my hometown is the brightest’ (‘家鄉的月光特別明亮’). But I am unaware of a similar comment on the sun. If you were to invent one, what would it be?
[The title of this post is something the partner said. We went to Salisbury and Oxford previously and this time he wanted to go to a city that has a different atmosphere.]
This post was originally written on February 28, 2009.
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