If memory serves, while visiting Australia aboard the HMS Rattlesnake, Thomas Henry Huxley got engaged. It took another seven years after he returned to England before he could bring his fiancee to London, and actually get married.

Of all the things that’s different about travel now, I think the ways we experience separation, and the ways geographical distance do and don’t translate into emotional experience, have changed the most in the last century or two.

[To the tune of Yes, “Close to the Edge,” from the album “Close to the Edge”.]