In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tourist Trap.”
What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?
I have also had a fascination with the Middle East, in particular Egypt & Jordan. I remember back when I was a kid, my school teacher went there for a holiday, she brought back lots of slides and we would have a slide presentation every week and she would talk about all the places she visited, the history, some of the culture; I was spell bound. I would happily sit and listen for hours, my class mates became bored and would groan when the time rolled around for another slide show. Not me, I longed for each glorious, colorful, imagination sparking episode. I guess I have been wanting to go ever since.
When I was at school I even wanted to become an archaeologist, just so I could visit and work there. But alas, I did not have the head for such studies and moved onto other areas. The longing still remains. I have come close of occasion, but have also been put off by the turbulence and strife in these areas. To walk through history, would be a dream come true for me.
I have visited various different exhibits which have come to museums near me, I remember a few years back King Tuts artifacts came to Melbourne, I spent hours longingly looking at each piece on display. I was mere inches away from something he actually held, or member of his court or family. I was enthralled to be so close to living history.
I am fascinated with the ancient history and ghost stories or Mummies and Curses on the Pyramids and ancient tombs, I am not usually into horror movies, but I think I have seen almost all the Mummy once from Laurel and Hardie to Brendan Fraser! It’s spooky and weird and lots of fun, I know most of it is now explained away by Science, but I still adore it. I have a fascination with ancient civilizations from the region, their way of life, their culture, their Gods. Even one of my all time favorite Sci-Fi TV Shows has it foundation in Ancient Egyptian Gods and Mythology – Star Gate SG1.
I cannot explain my being drawn to these places, and one day I do hope to visit. I would hate to be on my death bed and state the only regret I have is that I never went!