Time Travel? Where Will You Go?


Imagine a time traveller appears in front of you and offers you the chance to go back in time. Where will you go? Who will you see?

Venice Canal and Roman Colosseum Collage — 2008

At the end of the day I feel history is full of regular people going about their lives. It’s only the passage of time that marks events as significant and they are often the result of multiple events compounding over time. With that in mind, I’m taking the last 100 years off the table.

It’s important to note a few things before we start.

We will likely stick out like a sore thumb, and it may not be a good thing. We need to be careful without modern medicine because the smallest problem can turn bad quickly. We won’t be travelling much since walking or horseback will be the only transportation. We can’t forget, without indoor plumbing or showers the baseline smell will be quite strong and everywhere.

Let’s face it, modern life is pretty easy going without much effort on our part.

Now, let’s get on to the good stuff. Where will I go? Who will I meet? I’m having trouble narrowing it down so here are a few things jumping to mind right now.

Walking through the Roman Colosseum or strolling around Venice in their prime will be quite an experience. They’re amazing now, so I can only imagine them shiny and new.

Visiting Stonehenge near the end of construction and its early use will unravel a lot of mysteries. What were people actually doing there?

A trip to Atlantis in the weeks before it gets destroyed will be amazing. Yes, it was really there. I’m intrigued to see what was viewed as advanced technology.

Seeing the Triassic Period and the time of dinosaurs will be fascinating. I likely won’t last very long walking around so an aerial tour will be best.

A conversation with Leonardo da Vinci to witness his thought process will be eye opening. Did he ever think many of his visions would actually see the light of day?

Sitting in a garden with Laozi while he compiles the Tao Te Ching will be enlightening. It will be captivating to see early Taoism develop from the source.

There are so many other things I would love to see and do but I’ll cut myself off there. Since I’m obviously indecisive my trip will completely depend on my mood that day. I’ll let you know how it goes when I get back.

Now it’s your turn. Where will you go? Who will you meet? Leave a comment below.

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