If (and this is a big if) you had the chance to go on holiday (lucky you), where would you go? I was thinking on some alternate trip I could take, some roughly pre-determined route. Then I happened on a late night showing of Twelve Monkeys after a spot of reading and re-reading a short passage on Koala bears in a magazine I’d picked up. Had the vibrancy of the subject matter and the writing snagged me or was I simply in a very pro-Koala mood? You decide. If you like. Anyway, I was struck by the path of the virus in Twelve Monkeys, where it would hit, each place in turn. Is it possible to do this trip? Could I be the first on the Twelve Monkeys tour? Probably not. I’m probably not the first person to visit these places, but in this order? And to represent something so morbid and disgusting? (the virus was to wipe out seven billion people in 1997). So here we go, here’s the route with some ideas for where I can visit at each place and what I can do:
Philadelphia (U.S.A.) – See Tom Hanks?
San Francisco (U.S.A.) – The Golden Gate Bridge, trams, watch Bullitt, go to and rewatch The Rock
New Orleans (Deep South, U.S.A.) – Blues, Rock N Roll, whiskey
Rio De Janeiro (South America) – Christ the Redeemer(?)
Rome, Italy (Europe) – Coliseum, get run over, the Pope, Vatican, pizza for dinner
Kinshasa, Congo (Africa) – Rumble in the jungle, follow the footsteps of Mailer and Thompson
Karachi, Pakistan (Asia) – Must research
Bangkok (Asia) – Well Phuk-et, I’ve no idea, see above
Peaking (China, Asia) – See above
– and back in time for tea.