The Road not Taken… and that made all the difference*

Welcome friend! The first Wonder is very close now. We discovered it in 2005, and hence wish to take you back to how the discovery came about. It was during our first Around the World trip. Before we commence this section of our story, however,we need to go further back; to the 80s and 90s, just for a brief moment. Were you born yet? If you were, your mind will undoubtedly flash you images of bright neon colours, fanny packs, grunge-styles, and Tamagotchi…They were good times!

What your mind may not immediately bring to surface is that the world was a more restrictive place back then. Information was not as available as it is today. If you had a genuine curiosity about what wonders may be out there, you had to go to the library and read about them in a 50 year old book. If you were lucky, you would find a contemporary magazine, most likely published by a travel agent promoting a standard (road frequently travelled) tourist destination. Searching for info back then meant making lots and lots of phone calls and endless waiting. Phone calls were made through land-lines, and heaven forbid the call went abroad, because that would cost you an arm and a leg.

Find the Road not Taken… but where do you start?

Now dear friend, we are not saying that it is a bad thing to roll up your sleeves and put in a bit of an effort to find what you are searching for. After all: wisdom starts with wonder! But back then, we were not born into a world of information overload. Fact checking was very hard. Few amongst your acquaintance had travelled to other continents, let alone outside their own countries. No one really knew what a Masai Village was, or where Easter Island was located, and what “those people over there” were really like. Of course, there were theories. Most of them a bit… let’s say… for the lack of a better word: “Discouraging”. You understand what we are talking about, don’t you?

Two roads diverged and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost (Photo by Vedran at Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall)
Around the end of the 90s, Internet became readily available, at least in Europe (even though it was mostly dial-up technology). It brought the ability to question more, and not trust blindly in what is laid in front of you. Although we (your guides) had not met at the time, we both made an active decision to find “The Road Not Taken” ... and that made all the difference*.

Back to the 21st Century

Now, let us skip forward to the 21st century, more precisely to 2005. To be completely frank, dear friend, this is not the very beginning. We never had the ambition to hand feed you the experience. You knew that! Besides, it would not be fair to you, as this is as much your journey. However, we will start early enough for you to grasp the story, and hopefully understand the evolution of our Wonders. Why they are what they are, and why we chose them. It will also show you how, with the passing of time and the development of technology, so did we!

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*Title by Robert Frost. Cover Photo “Li River Landscape” by Vedran & Dilek @