Chief Editors Note: Rocky Slopes
There’s something about mountains that draws me to them. Their rugged scaly peaks draw a prominent line of faint charcoal against a dewy sky of pastels as the early morning sun rises from amongst the misty peaks far on the horizon. As the sun sets behind them, their spines throw up a sharp contrast to the fiery reds, oranges and burning pinks of the lingering, blazing inferno.
Amongst the crowded landscape of ridges tumbling endlessly over each other, it seems that one could hide the grandest of secrets and find the most glorious of adventures. Not only does their rocky grandeur never fail to captivate me, but in their shadow I find myself waxing philosophical.
Hiking up the slopes of the mountains is quite like any endeavor in life that one might take upon their selves. In the quest to reach the top the path is always longer than you imagined it to be. The final target may sometimes be out of sight, and even if you are lucky enough to keep the summit in view at all times, you will inevitably lose the footpath at times. You may take a wrong turning, and often you will wonder whether you are on the right path or even on a path at all. Sometimes you may have been on your way up, only to realize that to get to the very top, you must come back down some ways to reach the right slope. The journey may make you question whether you have the strength in you to make it all the way. For me, the view has always been worth the climb. And so I trust my feet and keep on climbing. The mountains are calling.
In this issue of BTSB we wax philosophical as Hanna tells the tale of two brothers and Jenni the saga of a lone traveler. Meanwhile Inka drinks some more coffee with our wise SUB Alumni to completely overturn your understanding of the world of translation, and Jesper throws it back to an iconic video game to question one of the biggest convictions of the gaming world. Anthony dives into the story world behind a painting to captivate you with the tragic tale of three sisters, while I contemplate some issues and ideals that shape our millennial view of the world.