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Faraway but thinking of home

PUBLISHED: 12:15 28 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:33 05 July 2010

I LOVE the town I live in.

There's something about the salty air and the ever-changing reflection of the sun on the water that makes this such a beautiful place.

I LOVE the town I live in.

There's something about the salty air and the ever-changing reflection of the sun on the water that makes this such a beautiful place.

Right now, I am far away and thinking of the words of the poem “Home Thoughts from Abroad” by Robert Browning.

I decided a while ago that I would visit the Baltic states. See Poland, Estonia, Germany, Russia and make my own mind up about this “dark and mysterious corner of the world.”

Germany was a real eye opener. The Jewish memorial in Berlin made me realise how far the human race has come. Though shocking, we truly seem to have developed the ability to reflect on our mistakes and learn from the horrific events of our forefathers (lest we forget).

Then further on my journey I read the newspapers and I see the TV reports. I hear talk of conflict, the British Council offices closed in St Petersburg ... the doomsday scenario … yet as soon as I arrived an English speaking local greeted me: “Welcome to our dark and dangerous corner of the world,” he said with a cheeky grin.

From that moment on I felt totally at ease. The dark and dangerous world reported in the tabloids was in fact populated with kind, courteous people who were more than happy to share a drink and a smile with me.

Peggy Chapman used to make me think what a wonderful world we live in. Now I know that no matter how dark the world may be reported to be, in actual fact the world is indeed a beautiful place filled with wonderful people. Makes you think doesn't it?

IVOR MAUN

Kirkley Park Road

Lowestoft

via St Petersburg

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