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I've always been fascinated with the United Kingdom. It started when I was a kid upon learning that my family (on my paternal side) originated in Lancashire, which is located in Northern #England. Though on my mother's side I had a different heritage, it was the English I most related to.
I'm really not sure why. It may have been my exposure to everything British when my mom and step dad were stationed in Berlin. They had a British sector of course, so I became quite familiar with their culture. Needless to say, I could probably answer a lot of trivia questions about the United Kingdom and its people.
Strangely though, I've never been to the UK except for a layover in an airport.. does that count? I don't think it does.
I used to call the British Airways 800 number to get air travel ticket info when I was 12 and 13. Even back then you could book your travel online. But I loved calling to hear the soothing voice of a British woman reading back my fantasy trip's itinerary. You couldn't get that on a computer.
What you could get on a computer was, the type of aircraft, whether there was meal service and a host of other things. You could even choose your seats, at least on United. So I would do a lot of cross referencing. Yeah, I was a weird kid. If there was YouTube in those days, I would have never finished school.
Calling the British Airways 800 number to book my fantasy trips is where I first fell in love with Yanni's music. They would play his song "Aria" while the system was looking for flights and calculating prices.