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My Ancient Triangle Should Have Been a Quadrilateral


Isn’t it interesting how experiences we have when we are children and young adults can pave the route of our future travels?

pointing on a mapI remember the first time Australia was mentioned as a travel destination. I may have been in the third grade, but I think my dad mentioned in passing how we should take a vacation to the other side of the world to visit Australia (it obviously didn’t happen). Perhaps his idea was spawned from the popularity of the movie “Crocodile Dundee” at the time, but still, that idea stuck with me. Australia became this magical place that maybe I would get to see (it took a while to finally get there).

When I studied abroad, I had a professor that did contract work in Azerbaijan. Our entire class was so entranced with the small country that we turned our whole class experience into a project where we helped with a water pollution issue for that country. She was the same professor that put the idea of learning Russian into my head… so obviously, we know where that has led.

One of the biggest factors in my travel life today, however, would have to be studying Latin in high school.

When I studied Latin, a whole new world opened up for me. With my class I ventured overseas for the first time in my life to Italy, discovering the Italian culture and vowing to study abroad in my college life. It gave me my first solo travel experience, my first experience in a hostel and the confidence to try and integrate more travel into my life.

Grand Bazaar in InstanbulAnd Latin did so much more for me. It got me excited about history, which I had before always thought was pretty boring. I not only wanted to spend time in Italy, but also in Egypt and Greece, the three countries that I called my “ancient triangle“. My life will not be complete until I make a visit to all three.


No, I’m not yet booking my flights to Egypt or flights to Athens or the random flights to Paphos, but I plan to in the future. I think that even more after my recent trip to Istanbul, I am determined to travel to my “ancient triangle”, which maybe should have been a quadrilateral of sorts. Why I never included Turkey into the triangle is beyond me given its rich Roman history.

So I have two more countries to visit to finish my “ancient quadrilateral” — future travels ultimately spawned from my studies of and love for Roman History.

Where are you determined to travel to in the future because of experiences had as children or young adults?


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14 Responses to My Ancient Triangle Should Have Been a Quadrilateral

  1. The World of Deej November 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    My family is big into golf, and as kid I had a memorable encounter with a the great golfer from South Africa, Gary Player. Ever since, I have been intrigued by the country and hope to pay it a visit one day…with my golf clubs along with me!

    • Brooke November 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

      Haha, I hope you make it some day! And with golf clubs (I wouldn’t want to pack those, but hey, to each their own!).

  2. laryssa November 13, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    Cool post.

    I was 7 or 8 and my grandparents’ neighbors were gone to Australia for a month. It was the first I’d herd of people actually visiting. My dad said to me, “That would be cool, wouldn’t it?”

    And then I grew up watching Rocko’s Modern Life, a cartoon about an Australian wallaby… and I went through a brief Newsboys phase in my early teenage years, a band from Australia.

    So, it was no surprise once I had enough $$ to do so as an adult, that’s where I ran off to for four weeks. (Oddly enough, the Newsboys were on my plane…)

    • Brooke November 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      Oh I LOVED Rocko’s Modern Life! Aw, so glad you fulfilled a travel dream like that!

  3. Erik November 13, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I took one semester of Latin in college and even that small amount has been helpful in traveling.

    I learned about my love of travel through maps. My parents taught me how to read them (and dream through them).

    • Brooke November 17, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

      Aw how cool 🙂 Maps are great. I always look at them and think, “Wow, I need to go there!”

  4. Jeremy Branham November 14, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Growing up, I didn’t do a lot of traveling. I did places in the US but never dreamed or going overseas because my parents never did. My first trip overseas was a trip to Estonia when I was in college. And that is what opened the doors to traveling for me.

    If there was any influence from growing up, it was the fact that we did nearly every state from Florida to Maine. So I now have a desire to see all 50 states. So close to getting #35 this weekend but still only 16 away from accomplishing that.

    • Brooke November 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

      All it takes is one overseas trip! 🙂

  5. Nolan November 14, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I really liked this post, and a lot of your others, though I’m a new reader and need to get caught up on all your travels. My grandpa was a dairy farmer, a storyteller, and huge personality. He once gathered us grandkids and told us about the time a bear bit his hand and how his mom had to bandage it up before supper. Dude had a knack for exaggeration.

    Once he was reading in National Geographic about a man in Ireland who happened to have the same name as him. He somehow found this man’s number, without the internet, and called him up. They ended up talking for hours that night. My grandpa always wanted to go to Ireland as he had strong Irish roots, but it never happened before he died. Now it’s sort of a mission of many of my cousins to make it to Ireland. Some have been there, many have yet to go. So that’s where I want to go. I have to roll around on some green hills and milk an Irish cow, haha.

    • Brooke November 18, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      What a unique story! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by – and the compliments are always welcome. 😉

  6. Amanda November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I didn’t really start thinking of travel as a real possibility until high school. My family went on pretty cool vacations when I was younger, but we never went overseas (unless you count the Bahamas). But when I was in high school, I became obsessed with the idea of going to New Zealand. I dreamt and dreamt about that country for YEARS, and finally made it there the summer after I graduated (using the money I’d spent nearly 3 years saving). It was a great first major travel experience, and it opened up a whole new world to me.

    In college (which I suppose is still the “young adult” years, right?), I read the book The Historian, which is set in the UK and Eastern Europe pre- and post-WWII. It made me start having dreams of Istanbul and Budapest and Romanian villages. Next year, I’m hoping to turn those dreams into realities, just like I did with NZ!

    • Brooke November 18, 2011 at 12:07 am #

      I love reading other people’s stories 🙂 Highly recommend Istanbul of course, and Budapest, too!

  7. Elizabeth November 17, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    I took Latin in highschool also! Although I’ve been to Egypt and Greece, I’ve never made it to Italy…maybe soon.

    Peru was that trip for me. I saw a picture of Machu Pichu one day in class. We had to make websites about something and another student had chosen the Incan Ruins. I remember thinking – wow thats so amazing. I wonder if I could go there. After college it was amazing to realize that I had to ability to save the money, buy a ticket, board a plane and go to Peru. I remember standing there looking at Machu Pichu and thinking “wow, I can’t believe I made this happen. It took four years, but here I am!”

  8. Rebecca December 8, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Not for me, but my sister’s 2nd grade teacher went to China the summer after she was in her class, so the teacher spent most of the year teaching the kids about China-related things and my sister became obsessed. Unfortunately, it’s been over 20 years and no one in our family has made it there yet, but when we do, it’s going to be EPIC!!!

    I don’t really know what it is for me, because I usually make it happen eventually. Maybe right now it’s South Africa, because it’s so far. Ask me again in a year:-)

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