Week 14 – Wonders of the World

I was chatting to a man last night in the Cantina (a bar smaller than my bathroom) and it turns out he’d lived in Minneapolis for 23 years. He’d lived right beside Lake Calhoun, which is one of my absolute favourite spots in the whole world. And it made me wonder how I could possibly be so homesick for a place that isn’t even mine! It doesn’t belong to me.

Minneapolis is a place that belongs to:

Courtney & The Dirty Curls. (http://dirtycurls.wordpress.com)

It belongs to Brian. (http://themanintheyellowhat.wordpress.com)

It belongs to The Rockstar Storytellers. (http://www.rockstarstorytellers.com)

It belongs to the Kieran’s Word Ninja’s Crew. (http://www.kierans.com/sitepages/pid32.php)

It belongs to Eric and New Century Theatre. (http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/our-theatres/new-century-theatre)

It belongs to the MN Fringe Team. (http://www.fringefestival.org)

It belongs to Sarah, Ian, Caitlin & Bedlam Theatre. (http://bedlamtheatre.org)

It belongs to Danny. (https://soundcloud.com/dj-dt)

It belongs to Monica, Lynn, Amy, Cheryl, Bob and Kate, Birgit, Brian & Kris, Schoenrock, Bo & The Salmon Thump Crew, Franklin, Heather, Nancy & Ant, Caroline & Nick and hundreds of others. Can’t it belong to me a weeeeeeee bit???

This week at school we’ve been talking a lot (in roundabout ways) about the wonders of the world. With my Year 7’s we’ve been talking about myths and legends and so I told them the story of Finn McCool and the creation of The Giants Causeway….now I know it’s not technically an official wonder of the world but I think it’s a pretty amazing place. This led to the year 7’s requesting a school trip to Ireland which I’m pretty sure is out of the budget for trips this year, but hey it would be awesome if we could organise it. (http://www.discovernorthernireland.com)

There are various versions of the seven wonders:

The Original Seven Wonders of the World

The Colossus of Rhodes

The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

(I’ve seen none of these!)

The Seven Wonders of the Modern World

Channel Tunnel

CN Tower

Empire State Building

Golden Gate Bridge

Itaipu Dam

Netherlands North Sea Protection Works

Panama Canal

(I’ve seen two of these: The CN Tower and Empire State Building.)

In 1997, CNN announced a listing of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, which are:

Grand Canyon

The Great Barrier Reef

The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro

Mt. Everest

Northern Lights

Paricutin Volcano

Victoria Falls

(And I have managed to see only the Great Barrier Reef.)

On July 7, 2007 an organization announced a “new” set of the Seven Wonders of the World based on online voting from around the world…

Chichen Itza, Mexico – Mayan City

Christ Redeemer, Brazil – Large Statue

The Great Wall, China

Machu Picchu, Peru

Petra, Jordan – Ancient City

The Roman Colosseum, Italy

The Taj Mahal, India

(And if I’m very organised I’ll get to see Chichen Itza before the summer this year.)


I realise I’m luckier than most. Some people haven’t seen any of the wonders. Some people never will. Some people fail to appreciate the wonder and beauty in their own lives, in their own towns. So I’ve complied my own list. I’ve left out the ones I’ve already accomplished so as not to bore you (or make you wile jealous!)

Aisling’s Must See & Do (before I get old and boring*) List

Grand Canyon

Great Wall of China

Christ the Redeemer Statue


African Safari

Wash an Elephant

Drive Route 66

Go to Burning Man Festival

Pyramids in Egypt

Rollerblade through an empty shopping mall

Feed the sharks

* should read before I get MORE old and boring. I am aware it is my birthday coming up, so I’m saying it before any of you numpty’s feel the need to point it out to me!

p.s I’ve posted this early cos I’m spending my birthday at the beach so suck it biatches.

p.p.s clearly I’m not that much of a grown up

Still reading The Post Office by Charles Bukowski

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