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In a bit over a month, I will be outside.
This perspective is exciting. Standing in the open air will likely be surrealistic. How do the sun and the wind feel, already? Is it like standing under a giant heat lamp, next to a big fan? I guess things we did not even notice before the mission will strike us.
Talking to people outside my crewmates sounds like an endless source of entertainment and learning. Driving a car again, swimming in the ocean, going to places I don’t know, having access to the whole Internet, eating fresh fruits, walking in streets, entering stores, calling friends… all this sounds extremely stimulating.
Besides things we will find back, there are those we will discover. Here, with an Internet access limited to a handful of static websites, far from social media and without the ability to talk in real time with anyone outside, we don’t know anything about the new popular songs, Internet phenomena, fashion oddities or other sources of jokes we won’t understand.
Yes, I do receive some news by email. But pieces are filtered: people mostly tell me about terrorist attacks, natural disasters and violent demonstrations, and occasionally some major cultural events. In short: based on the emails I’ve received from French fellows, I will come back to a post-apocalyptic France traveled by jobless people fighting cops in the flooded streets of Paris, while teenagers in calchemise catch pocket monsters with their phones.
Apart from that, the World is in my mind the way I left it. Coming out will be as close as we have ever been to time traveling: we entered the dome in late August 2015, and we will leave it in late August 2016. Even though I don’t expect kids going to school in hoverboards while their parents fly to work, September will likely be full of surprises. All you have seen emerge slowly throughout the year, we will discover at once.