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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Time Travel Touring

Hello, all! First off, a bit of housekeeping: I know I've been tagged with a few things over the last few months, and I am going to get to those soon- but I can't recall all of them. So if you know you've tagged me with something this summer, could you please remind me of what it is in the comments? Thanks. And now that that's over with, we can get to the real point of this post: time-travel.

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I'm pretty sure everyone is at least somewhat fascinated with the idea of time travel and its potential. While it could be dangerous and also very difficult to use it as a superhero-type power (assuming you don't want to accidentally break history), as a personal ability? So cool- there are so many times and places you could go. And today, I'm talking about the top seven places I’d travel to if I had time-travel ability. (For the purposes of this post: there are no limits to said ability, except that I can’t significantly change history. And, for convenience’s sake, we’ll assume that the ability to blend in wherever I end up is included in the time-travel power. ‘Cause, you know, limits make for a good story . . . but if we’re going for if-onlys, why not pull out all the stops?)

Time Travel Touring

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  1. Ancient Egypt, early 15th century B.C. The exact year and century doesn't matter so much with this one- any period of ancient Egypt would be cool to visit. But if I'm going to go, I might as well do it when I could see some of the events of Exodus . . . though I might get out of there once the plagues start getting serious. There's some things I'd rather read about than experience, y'know?
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  2. Oxford, England, sometime in the 1940s (and then again in 1955). I give you all three guesses as to why, and the first two don't count- of course if I have time travel powers I'm going to go back and actually meet C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and maybe accidentally-on-purpose eavesdrop on an Inklings meeting or two (or even on some of their classes at Oxford!). And then I'd hop forward a decade and see if I can get my hands on first-edition (or early edition, at least) copies of LOTR and The Chronicles of Narnia- and, while I'm at it, I'd see if I could get those copies autographed too. Plus, if I felt like it, I could see if I could track down Diana Wynne Jones while she was taking classes at Oxford- she wouldn't have started writing yet, but it would still be cool to meet her.
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  3. Medieval Europe. As with modern Europe, there's no one specific location (or event) I'd particularly want to see- I'd rather travel from place to place (and time to time) and visit whatever catches my interest. I'd visit some castles and tournaments, for certain, and see if I could sit in on some significant events (most of which I can't think of off the top of my head just now) and generally do in-person story research. I would be a little bit scared to visit this time as well, not out of fear of death or injury but because I wouldn't want to let go of my fantasies. But I'd still go in the end.
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  4. New Zealand, early 2000s and 2011-2012. Specifically, onto the set of the Lord of the Rings  and Hobbit films, where I'd get a behind-the-scenes, in-person look at the process and then sneak myself into a costume to play the occasional extra in whatever scenes I could manage! Admittedly, I'm slightly iffy on whether or not it would be entirely legal . . . but it would definitely be fun.
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  5. Judea, 1st century A.D. Because what's a time-traveling tour without visiting the time when Jesus walked the earth and taught the people face-to-face? I'm honestly not sure I'd manage to approach Him, even if I visited that time- I wouldn't know what to do or say. But it would be amazing to hear Him speak and see His miracles.
  6. Jerusalem and Judea, various points in David and Solomon's reigns (between 1010 and 931 B.C.). Actually tied with the time of Jesus for the Biblical era I'd most like to see: Jerusalem at its height, during the reigns of David and Solomon! And while I was there, I'd try to be there for some of the significant events- go back a bit to see David defeat Goliath, watch as the Ark was brought home to the Tabernacle, and sit in on some of the Temple dedication ceremony. Plus, of course, I'd explore the city on a few different ordinary days.
  7. The American Frontier/Old West, 1800s. Because as someone who grew up on the Little House books and similar stories, and still finds the frontier and old west era fascinating, I couldn't not stop in on that time. As with Medieval Europe, there's no particular place and time within this region and era where I'd particularly want to go; I'd just travel around and see what I could see. (That being said, I'd probably try to meet Laura Ingalls, because why not?)
Too bad there's only seven slots on the list- other times and places that didn't quite make it on there include Victorian-era England, ancient Greece and Rome (though the latter I could probably do while visiting Judea), various locations during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the the USA (including Philadelphia, Fort Stanwix, Yorktown, and New York), the time of Creation, and several concerts that I wish I could've gone to but missed. And, you know, if I have the ability to time travel to anywhere and anywhen, I could theoretically use it to visit my various online friends around the globe . . . and, depending on how far the ability extended, even take them on some of these adventures with me! That would be really awesome.

What about you? Where and when would you go if you had almost-unlimited time travel abilities? Please tell me in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade) 
 

17 comments:

  1. All of these for me, and many more. I would love to see exactly how the pyramids were built, for example. I would also like to hit the 20's through 80's, (except for the 70's), because each of those eras holds something interesting for me. In the twenties, the industrial revolution was, well, roaring. In the thirties there was such a distinct style and feel. Same with the forties. In the fifties, my great uncle Dave was in his hay-day. My grandma was a kid during the 60's, and the 80's saw the rise of some of my favorite rock bands, as well as the childhood of my parents.

    You know, it's funny- if we went back in time to watch Jesus give a sermon, He would know we were there, and that we were time traveling. I wonder what (if anything) He would say?

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    1. I did say I'm going to Egypt . . . of course I'm going to try to solve that mystery of the pyramids! And those eras would all be interesting to visit, though not as high on my priority list.

      True, true . . . I'm really not sure what He'd say or do.

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    2. I would hope He would smile and wink... that would be a nice reaction. At the same time, it would be overwhelming to see Him in person and know that He knows everything there is to know about me, good and bad. And to know how incredibly unworthy I am to be seen by Him.

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    3. Hopefully so . . . who knows? But I absolutely agree with the second part of your comment; it would be overwhelming. But also awesome, I think.

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  2. That was a really cool post! It is quite thought-provoking to think about when/where you'd go if you had those abilities!

    And I would never have even thought about the Tolkien movies!

    I'd probably go to sometime-Ancient Greece (there's where one of my stories takes place), see Elvis in concert, visit Lewis and Tolkien, the Tolkien movies ... gosh, the possibilities are endless!

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    1. Thanks! Sounds like you have some great ideas too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hi! Coming out of the blog stalking woodwork because this is a really cool post.
    Unlimited time-travel abilities... One of my top places to visit would be Constantinople in the late 4th century. I want to see the Eastern Roman Empire at the height of it's glory and listen to one of St. John Chrysostom's homilies. Also probably most of the things on your list. *nods*

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    1. Hello, Stalker-ninja!
      Ooh. Constantinople would be cool too. Great choice! And thanks for commenting (and stalking).

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    2. No problem! I keep meaning to comment here, hopefully I'll get better at it.

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  4. Love love love this. This sounds weird, but-- assuming I was prescient, knew my history very well, could blend in, and couldn't be harmed-- I think I would go to the London Blitz. I would love to see that level of pluckiness and public spirit in action.

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    1. Thank you! And that's an interesting choice . . . but I can see the appeal. All the same, I don't think I would've wanted to be in the midst of that much death.

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  5. Oh yes, yes, yes! I think it would be fantastic to visit all those places you mentioned. Really cool post. :) I've been to the Eagle and Child, but obviously not back when C.S. Lewis was writing there. ;)
    Aidyl from Noveltea

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    1. Lucky you! Wish I could go even in modern day . . . oh well. Thanks for reading and commenting, and I'm glad you enjoyed my post!

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  6. Very nice choices!

    The only ones I might choose different would be to replace the LotR film set with something like the fifth or sixth generation after the Fall, and replace the Frontier with soon before the Flood.

    I think it would be fascinating to see how early society was structured (especially with people living so long) and what sort of technology they developed.

    Lērtāen Miklul

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    1. Thank you!
      That would be interesting to see the period before the Frontier and after the Fall . . . I hadn't thought of that one. Good pick!
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  7. Oh time travel DOES MY HEAD IN when I read books/watch movies with it. 😂 I don't know if you've seen the Xmen Days of Future Past but arghrguguh I nearly died without how confusing that all was. haha. AHEM. So I've actually only read 2 time travelling books, too, which is probably bad.
    bUT ANYWAY. Where would I time travel to?
    Can I come with you to the behind-the-scenes of LOTR?! BECAUSE YES THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!! :D
    I'd also like to see Egypt and Judea, but I'm 100% with you with the "let's be there while things aren't exploding in rivers of blood". Because no thanks.
    I'd also love to see Paris like in the 1920s because I think that would be amazing. And meet some of those classic authors (even if they were always drunk shh, it's the thought that counts) and I'D LIKE TO BE A PIRATE FOR A DAY OR SO AT SOME POINT. #goals

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    1. I haven't read or watched many time-travel books/movies, but I'm fascinated with the concept, and I'd love to read/watch more.
      You are welcome to come with me to behind-the-scenes of LOTR! We can be unexpected extras together, both of us!
      I could handle the river of blood. It's just when we start getting gnats/frogs/flies/randomly dying livestock/etc. that I'm not interested in hanging around there.
      Ooh, '20s Paris would be cool. AND WHY DID I NOT THINK OF PIRATES? That would be awesome too. :D

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