I’m on a quest to explore the New Seven Wonders of the World. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Maybe I’ll meet you along the way!
I still haven’t seen The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, which is the only standing Wonder of the Ancient World. It’s definitely on my life bucket list. For the moment, I’ll be focusing on the new wonders. I surprised myself when I realised not long ago that I can tick off four out of seven! My quest feels even more attainable.
In this blog, I’ve written about my experiences at each wonder. This is what I’ve seen so far:
Wow, so I went to Rome in July, 2008, which feels like an eternity ago. Despite the busyness of Rome, especially during Europe’s summer, visiting the Colosseum was still a major highlight of that whole European trip. It was also my first time overseas!
It was actually a little bizarre seeing this historical monument in the middle of a bustling modern city. I literally walked out of the train station and there it was. At the time, access to the different areas of the Colosseum was restricted. We were not allowed to visit the underground chambers or walk in the arena. We were only permitted to walk the parameter, looking down at the arena from the top of the stands. I believe some of the rules have since changed. It was still amazing to be there and to know that I was standing on the same ground as Roman gladiators once stood.
I cannot recommend Machu Picchu enough. It left me stunned! As I walked around the ruins, I could not help but admire the strength, innovation, intelligence and engineering of the Inca civilisation. Machu Picchu is huge so be prepared for a lot of walking. If you are lucky, you might even encounter a cute llama! More on my time in Machu Picchu can be found in my previous blog post The Adventures of Angie.
I hate to admit this but I was sick on the day I visited Chichen Itza, so I did not give this new wonder the attention it deserves. I’d be a lucky girl if I got a second chance. I would definitely be more attentive and not waste a single second again!
Chichen Itza is famously known for the extraordinary Kukulkan Pyramid, designed by the Mayan civilisation. When I was there, our tour guide made us stand close to the pyramid and clap seven times. The echoes of our claps emitted the sound of a bird chirping. It’s pretty cool and to be honest it’s the only memory I have of it. Chances are you will give it a try too if you are ever in Chichen Itza because everyone else is clapping away. How I managed to grab a photo, I do not know!
In June 2014, I went to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. During my time in Rio De Janeiro, I squeezed in a bunch of sightseeing, including a visit to Christ The Redeemer. It’s an image I’ve seen a thousand times in pictures but to see it with my own eyes was unbelievable! The day I went was particularly special. In addition to seeing the enormous statue of Jesus Christ, standing tall and watching over the city, the atmosphere up there was wonderful and I have to share the whole experience with you. On the way there, we met a bunch of cool Americans so we ended up sticking together for this excursion. As you can imagine, because I went during the World Cup, the place was insanely packed! Normally in situations like that I would be put off and curse tourists. But this was different. There were people from all over the world wearing their nations’ colours and waving flags, and everyone was beyond elated. It’s hard to explain the level of happiness that was spreading around, it was contagious, and the whole scene was colourful and beautiful. I distinctly remember a group of Algerians who were attempting to take photos with as many people from different countries of the world. My cousin, my friend and I seemed to be the first Australians that they met and when the opportunity arose for them to take a photo with us they were ecstatic. We were all there for the same reasons – to watch the world game, be part of a global event and explore Brazil. These common interests brought the world together in a magnificent display of multiculturalism, coexistence and pure joy.
That leaves three more wonders: The Great Wall of China – China, Petra – Jordan, and Taj Mahal – India. I would love to complete my ‘wonders quest’ within the next 5-10 years. That’s the aim but we’ll see how I go. I’m extremely grateful that I have had the honour of seeing more than half before the age of 30. If there is anything I can be proud of in my travel life, it’s this!
So which Wonders of the World have you seen? Do you have a favourite? Feel free to leave comments below!