The farthest away from home you can ever be.
The farthest away from home you can ever be
Let’s face it, we’re all holding out for the opportunity to travel, discover and experience new surroundings. Rent a holiday house, go down the coast and spend your days relaxing on the beach or the couch! There’s just something about going to a new environment and feeling that sense of newness, wonder and joy away from the mundane of local normalities. So how can you achieve this feeling from the confines of your own home? Say hello to your imagination.
Where would you go?
How about Point Nemo? Located at coordinates 48°52.6′ south, 123°23.6′ west and more than 1,600 kilometres from civilisation in all directions, Point Nemo is unlike any other place in the world. This is the middle of nowhere – distant in space and time. This is the place to lose yourself.
In Homer’s Odyssey, when Odysseus blinds the Cyclops, Polyphemus, the Cyclops asks him: “Who are you?”, to which Odysseus replies (in the Latin translation): “Nemo.” When the Cyclops was later asked by his father Poseidon: “Who did this to you?”, he answers “Nobody did it.”
Nemo is Latin for Nobody, no one.
Rapa Nui – Isla de Pascua
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Meaning large island in the Rapa Nui language, Motu Nui is the largest of three islets just south of Easter Island and is the most westerly place in Chile and all of South America. It is our stepping stone to Easter Island, once home to the semi-legendary people the Hanau epe (supposed to mean “Long-ears”) who are said to have come into conflict with another people known as the Hanau momoko or (“short-ears”). A decisive battle occurred which led to the defeat and extermination of the Hanau epe. “Long-Ears” and the “Short-Ears”. Somewhat of a precursor to the breaking of an egg from the “big enders & the small enders” of Gulliver’s Travels fame.
When it comes to boredom, this is the place to be. Point Nemo is so far from land, the nearest humans are often the astronauts on The International Space Station as it orbits the Earth. Ironically. Point Nemo is the location where the Space Station will one day settle in a watery grave along with other satellites and space junk.
This graveyard has amassed the remains of at least 260 craft – mostly Russian – since it was first used in 1971 and helps to stop Earth from amassing too much dangerous orbiting space junk.
So we could submerge ourselves under the waves and explore the once spacefaring bodies or sit alone with our thoughts and float in our imaginations.
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee