To fans of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series: I visited Oxford today and just *had* to make sure I found the bench that Will and Lyra sit at from the end of the third book. To my delight, I found a faint “Lyra + Will” carving on the bench and this beautiful little note on a scrap of paper:
"Written, as no one came and I was too nervous to strike up a literary conversation with strangers. To whomever finds this: Today I traveled four hours by train to sit on this bench for 1 hour, 12-1 PM, midsummer day. You may wonder why. Well, I fulfilled at 14-year-old wish. Did you ever read "His Dark Materials"? It was the only book(s) to make me cry. Actual tears. This is the bench where at this moment I am as close to those characters as one can be. So Happy Anniversary I say to Will and Lyra. — A Citizen of the Republic of Heaven."
I only read the books for the first time about seven months ago, but I fell in love with the series. I just found this note so incredibly sweet, and it’s a lovely reminder of how much the books of one’s childhood can affect your life.
Ok folks i’m going on holidays today ! I won’t be around before the very beginning of August. I made a queue but i don’t know how long it’s going to last.
I’m going to a far away village of the Alps near the italian border, with no Internet, no crowds, and no need to run after time. Just camping and hiking into the wild, exactly what i needed right now. I’ll challenge my inner sense of adventure !
See you all later !
(oh and if i miss the Hobbit trailer in the mean time, i’d like to know :p )
Packing for a 10 days camping holidays in the mountains.
*whispers* the bags are bigger on the inside