Tell Us How You Are Fulfilling Your Thirst For Wonder

Across the globe, entire cities and communities have come to a standstill. For those of us who thrive on exploring the wonders of the world, the spread of the COVID-19 virus has put a hold on those activities for now.

Despite being relegated to our homes and unable to engage with the world as we normally would, doesn’t mean our thirst for wonder can’t be satisfied from the safety of the couch. Perhaps you are spending this time exploring your favorite museum’s digital exhibits. Or maybe you are more inclined to take a few virtual tours of long lost shipwrecks.


(Image: Vidar Nordli-Mathisen/Public Domain)

However you are finding ways to satisfy your curiosity during these uncertain times, we’d love to hear it! In the thread below tell us how you are still seeking out wonder from right in your own home. If you have any images or links, feel free to share! Your submission may be included in an upcoming round-up article on Atlas Obscura.

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I am using Google MyMaps to signpost all interesting places that Atlas Obscura presents me. Perhaps, just perhaps one day I will pass next to one or the other and stop for an in-person moment of wonder!

Believe me, you do not want to see how many places I have already marked :slight_smile:

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Reading and re-reading my favorite books that ranges from fiction to history to mystery to controversial. Also, I have enrolled at edx online courses and learned so many things from the comfort of my own home and of course staying safe. Podcasts on histories, Netflix documentaries and of course Atlas Obscura’s recommendations are always a treat.

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Great topic for discussion. Here in Tampa I’ve been working through the last round of edits to my upcoming book, “Secret Tampa Bay: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure,” which is still planned for release this fall. It’s been a bit challenging not being able to investigate some of the local sites on my ever-lengthening lists, but I’ve been trying to channel my curiosity into new skills (Tarot card reading and lock picking), participating in GISH events and exploring the wonders of the virtual world. Here’s a recent blog post on the topic:

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@J_Ginsberg Sounds awesome! thanks for sharing. I’ll surely check this out. If you run out of things to do, we got you covered! https://www.atlasobscura.com/series/wonder-from-home

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I made a habit of checking online live feeds every night. There’s NYC, Japan, Thailand, and it’s interesting to see these past weeks how people are coping even from afar. Somehow it helps alleviate cabin fever for me. I am also making time for the books I’ve accumulated through the years but were left unopened. It’s not exactly seeing new places but in a way you’re broadening your mind with different perspectives. Oddly enough, I am also quenching my thirst for wonder by listing stuff I’d eventually want to do once travel is deemed safe again, with this one as the last article I’ve perused. Instead of frustration, it gives me something to look forward to. Of course, AO is also good for that. I am yet to explore online museums and exhibits, but I think that always having something I can do helps with easing the desire to explore.

Thanks @jonathancarey - you folks always have great and fascinating activities going on.