Husband and I often get a severe case of the ‘Anywhere But Here’, but we’ve also had lots of conversations, not just about places in which we’d like to live, but eras; time periods that we would have loved to have experienced first hand. I know I’m not the only one who thinks like this, so I thought I’d give you some of my ‘Anywhere But Now’s and then stick a badge and a bloghop code at the bottom so that anyone who wants to can join in!

Britain in 1897

One of the times in which I would have loved to have lived was Britain during the Women’s Suffrage movement, and I chose 1897 as that’s when  National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societiesfollow (NUWSS) was formed. The women who campaigned, wrote letters, held marches and boycotts are true feminist heroes and to have been there to witness their courage, first-hand, would be one of the most empowering and formative things that any modern woman could experience.

When I was a kid, I loved the film ‘Mary Poppins’ but my favourite character wasn’t Mary, or the kids or even loveable guttersnipe Bert. No, my fave was the Mum, in her frilly dress and straw boater singing about her ‘Sister Suffragettes’, marching around putting sashes on everyone and generally getting her bloomers in a knot about her cause!

The USA in 1950′s

These days, I think I’m a little bit to scared of relaxed gun laws to ever consider living in The States, but if I could go back to the 1950′s in America, I’d be there in a heartbeat. After the War, America was hugely prosperous due to the fact that the economy was in a period of growth, thanks to frugality and saving during the War and high levels of productivity, and it sounds like a true Golden Age to have lived through.

When I look back to this period, I love the music, the fashion, the cars, the hair…maybe not the politics so much, but to experience going to a drive-in movie in a big old Cadillac or a true American Diner…it’d be a dream come true! Okay, so my vision may be a little more ‘American Grafitti’ than truly accurate, but some of my view is based in fact.

One of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson wrote ‘The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kidfollow‘ about growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 50′s and he makes it sound wondrous.

The UK in The Early Nineties

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKmhlA2S2KU

I was born in 1984, so although I was alive in the early nineties, a sentient being, I would love to go back to then as an adult. It’s the party girl in me, I think – the thought of going to a proper rave, dancing until tomorrow, smiling the night away without a care in the  world. I was a complete social butterfly in my time, getting up to all sorts of things that shouldn’t be mentioned on a respectable blog, but suffice to say, I had a good time. To go back to the Nineties when the whole club culture really started in the UK and experience it all first hand would be incredible.

The 5th Century BCE in Athens

This one may seem a little bit esoteric, but I chose this specific period because it’s accredited with being the time and place that Democracy was born. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a big ol’ Leftie and to have been there when the very notion of ‘People Power’ was conceived, to have witnessed the events that led to political self-determination would be mind-blowing. Instead of the elite few making choices for the puny peons, power was handed over and people were finally allowed to make decisions for themselves, in terms of how they wanted their country to run. I’m not sure there’s ever been a greater moment in History than that.

Roughly 237 million Years Ago…

Okay, so as a pasty, fat modern human, I’d probably last about 6 and a half seconds before I got eaten by a dinosaur, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to go back and see the mega-flora and mega-fauna that populated the earth back then. Can you imagine, seeing the earth in its most natural state, before we chopped down trees, dammed rivers, built skyscrapers, polluted and generally murdered our environment? I wonder if the sky was still the same shade of blue, if grass was actually greener? All I know is, if I did have a time machine, I’d want to go back, even just for a few minutes to see what it was like before humans ruined it.

So, now it’s your turn! If you aren’t a blogger, hit me up in the comments and tell me which period you’d most like to live in. If you are a blogger then you’re in luck because this is a BLOGHOP! Write your own post detailing where and when you’d like to live (a top 5, maybe?) and then come back here, link up and then grab the blog hop code for your own post! I even have a swanky badge for you to use! (code below the badge and in the sidebar)

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