What’s your favourite smell?
Freshly-baked bread, flowers, a box of chocolates, expensive perfume;
these are only
some smells that may bring you pleasure and make you smile.
Certain smells act as a memory trigger and can take you back years to
good, or bad,
memories of childhood. For me, the sweet smell of freshly-cut grass
takes me back to
when I was 8 or 9 years old playing football with my friends at junior
school. We were
lucky enough to have a large field of grass to play on right next to the
school and during
lunch time and break time we put down pullovers as goal posts and played
This may sound strange, but I love the smell of petrol, too. I always
have, ever since I
was a kid. Engine oil, on the other hand, doesn’t do a lot for me. It
reminds me of dirty
garages, engines and greasy hands.
Another smell that might be unusual is the smell of a brand new book.
When you open
it for the first time and stick your nose right in there between the
pages. The smell of
the ink and the newness of the paper always gives me a rush. Sadly, this
smell may be
disappearing with digital publishing.
Bacon has to be up there in my top 10 best smells. Mix the smell of
bacon frying in a pan
with fresh bread right out of the oven and how could your mouth not be
While on the subject of food, the smell of vanilla, chocolate and coffee
must also be
mentioned. Can you think of another food smell that excites your brain?
Rain is another smell that brings me pleasure and reminds me of when I
lived in the UK.
Although strangely, rain doesn’t smell the same in Spain as it does in
the UK. Perhaps it
has something to do with the fact that there were more parks, trees and
green areas in
my London suburb. But I’ve always loved the smell after a heavy rainfall,
ground’s wet and the air smells clean and fresh.
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