If I took more videos of anything but cats while in Alexandria, Egypt, it was of the sea. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it wasn’t until I lived in Pittsburgh for a semester that I realized how wrong the air smelled when it was salt-free. Yes, Pittsburgh has rivers (which are too polluted to swim safely in); but there is nothing which compares to the sea.
When I stand on a beach, I feel it reaching out for me:
I love how much it has shaped the humans who live around it, from how we shape our buildings:
To how we eat:
It can seem tamed, behind cornish walls and clever interlocking pilings:
Even funny (check out the spouting pipe in the lower deck):
But the sea’s power is awesome and demands reverence:
Wherever I end up working, I hope it will be near the smell of the sea.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”–John F. Kennedy