I was reading an article in the newspaper here about two young travellers who died in a youth hostel fire in Punta Arenas, Pategonia. The two girls, one Aussie and one Canadian, were forced to spend an extra night at the hostel because their bus transport didn't arrive, and during the night a kitchen fire destroyed the hostel. The two girls were amongst 10 people who perished in the blaze.
The other day I mentioned how I thought abandoned websites have a sad feeling about them. As is the case with this story, the websites left behind by people who have passed away are even sadder. Both girls left behind travel blogs, Lauren's Around The World In Havaianas and Emily's Long Lost Longworth. The family of Lauren have bravely written a last blog entry, and both blogs have received lots of messages on their Message Boards from family, people they met during their travels and strangers who were moved by their stories. Very sad, but I guess the families and friends of both girls at least have the legacy of reading about the fun and adventures they were having, even though it was ultimately to end tragically.
I remember way back when, when 'blogs' as such didn't really exist (or not in any great number). There was a journal I used to read quite frequently. A beautifully designed one that I discovered in 1998, one with a really unique feel, design and point of view to it. It was called Dreaming Among The Jade Clouds by a woman who went by the name of Ginko. One day the blog just stopped, and I stopped reading for a while, only to then revisit it and find this very sad closing entry written by her partner, after she had taken her own life.
Ok, this entry is starting to sound morbid. My point though is, for a while at least and for as long as hosting fees are paid and web servers stay in business, these people have left behind legacies. Themselves. Their thoughts, fun times and bad times. Maybe that is solace for those loved ones they left behind. I've enjoyed going back to revisit Aveline's mySpace page, just to enjoy 'hearing' her voice again through the things she wrote.