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Real life Narnia experiences

Postby johobbit » Aug 03, 2019 11:33 am

For the past few years since I have been swimming 3x/week, I thought about starting this topic—something you have experienced in real life that reminds you of something in Narnia.

Mine is this: At the end of each invigorating swim, I lay on my back and skull towards the shallow end. When I stop skulling, I keep on floating towards the edge, and have realized that as I am smoothly moving along, my body cannot feel the water around me. This vividly reminds me of Aslan blowing Jill and Eustace by his breath to Narnia. I can imagine this could be quite similar to what it was like, for it really feels like I am floating on nothing, yet moving swiftly along. For a few minutes, then, at the conclusion of each length swim, I close my eyes and imagine myself on Aslan's breath, being blown to Narnia. :)

Have you had anything in your life that puts you in strong mind of something in the Chronicles?
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Re: Real life Narnia experiences

Postby Cleander » Aug 03, 2019 7:57 pm

Well, the last time we had a decent snowstorm, I went out and walked among snow covered trees... until I came to our streetlamp, which just happens to be a lamppost (albeit electric.) It was all very quiet and somehow mysterious, much like Lucy's first Narnian experience in LWW.

PS: Great thread idea! I'm guessing lots of folks on Narniaweb are gonna have stories for this!
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Re: Real life Narnia experiences

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Aug 03, 2019 11:35 pm

My real life Narnia experience was on the April 2015 trip we made to the ANZAC Centenary Commemoration at Gallipoli, near to Istanbul, which we also visited. In a trip to the Grand Bazaar we went down an aisle of that very busy bizarre bazaar where we found a shop window with heaps of silver jewellery, advertising Aslan's Jewellery. Behind us & opposite Aslan's Jewellery was a shop, one of many Turkish delight vendors, in that particular passage, advertising Turkish Delight, in various flavours from the traditional rose water to apricot, lemon, orange & pistachio flavours, as well as other goodies like Baklava or Tabbouleh. On that trip, some of our fellow travellers had also bought there a dress-up outfit for their young daughter, complete with those Turkish-style upturned slippers, that looked stunningly like the one Aravis wore in HHB from Lazaraleen's home to across the desert. It was the sort of outfit with a short bolero style jacket & harem trousers, worn by those girls who lived & worked in the old Topkapi Palace, itself reminiscent of the Tisroc's Palace, including a gate onto the Golden Horn below it. Then on our return to Istanbul, to catch a plane to Paris, the waiter at the small hotel we stayed at was also called Aslan. These days Turkey is no longer the Ottoman empire & is a Republic, headed currently by President Recep Tayyip Erduagan, but Istanbul's pre-WW1 heritage was eerily like how I imagined Calormen.
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Re: Real life Narnia experiences

Postby johobbit » Aug 04, 2019 4:19 am

Totally, Cleander! When a certain type of snow falls—big, thick, fluffy flakes—my pet name for this is "Narnia snow". :x And my ongoing love for winter only helps. ;)) How cool (in more ways then one ;) ) you had that memorable experience with the streetlamp amidst the snow-covered trees. Whenever it snows, I always look around for a light (yes, albeit electric), because the amazing look of the snow coming down in that warm glow seems definitely LWW Narnian. :D

Wow, those are quite the Narnian experiences, wagga!
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Re: Real life Narnia experiences

Postby fledge1 » Sep 11, 2019 8:39 am

Growing up I went to a bible camp. There was a random lamp post in the middle of a wooded area. Each year I would sit by it in the evenings when everyone was doing activities or at the snack shack and wait for someone to come get me and take me to Narnia....Tumnus never showed up. However I was sure he was in the woods watching!
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