deird1: Sokka, with the picture he painted (Sokka picture)
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If I take a yellow crayon, draw a circle, surround it with lines, and put a smiley face on the circle, you'll probably recognise it as the sun.

Even though the sun looks nothing like that.

Supposing, though, that you see these smiley-face-on-a-circle suns in books for years, and then one day you travel to the country of Storybookia, and you suddenly look up in the sky and realise that the reason the sun is always drawn that way in picture books is because, in Storybookia, the sun really looks like that.

...That's kind of what it's like going from Australia to Europe.

In my head, there's "what things look like", and "what things look like in picture books". These two things are rarely the same.

In Europe? Ducks look like picture book ducks, with the green heads and the neck stripe. Forests look like picture book forests. Houses have chimneys. Grass is green. Flowers grow out of the ground like it's nothing special. Squirrels exist! So do flamingos! Churches have church bells that actually ring on the hour. Birds say tweet (except for cuckoos, which really do say cuckoo). Christmas has snow and twinkly lights.

And no - the sun is not a big yellow smiley face. But it wouldn't have surprised me.

Date: 2015-02-26 03:20 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Reeves Pheasant as Totem, by Moonvoice (reeves pheasant)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Hee! Appropriate icon is appropriate. (Yours.)

I felt much the same way on my trip to Japan - this was the place all the stuff I'd read came from, and all the sudden references to things like the temple bell, or so-and-so's pavilion, made sense.

Date: 2015-02-26 04:14 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Default)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
Had that feeling when I went to Switzerland. Yoiks! Everything was primary colours! It was amazing.


Date: 2015-02-26 06:01 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat: (forest path)
From: [personal profile] curiouswombat
Flowers grow out of the ground like it's nothing special.

OK - I give in - where do they grow in Australia? :)

Date: 2015-02-27 01:37 am (UTC)
immer_am_lesen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] immer_am_lesen do get drifts of naturalised freesias in some areas...very pretty, but not really wanted. I think that's about the closest to, say, bluebell-covered forest floors that I can think of here. :-)

Date: 2015-02-27 04:41 am (UTC)
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (BtVS: Scooby Gang (Chosen))
From: [personal profile] frayadjacent
Aw, this made me smile. And since I am likely going to be offline for the next week: have a great trip home!! :D

Date: 2015-02-27 06:30 pm (UTC)
elisi: (Happy)
From: [personal profile] elisi
This is a hugely amusing post! <3

Date: 2015-02-28 04:47 am (UTC)
zeborah: Map of New Zealand with a zebra salient (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeborah
The moon! The first time I went to the Northern Hemisphere and saw the full moon I was all O.O it's got a real face they weren't making it up there really is a real face in the moon omg O.O


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