Have you ever had the experience that once you happened upon a landmark or event that it was not what you had pictured? In fact, it was smaller and less important than you had prepared yourself for and disappointment crept in? Is there a name for this? It has happened to me several times. I will share my encounters and then invite you to chime in and tell me when it happened to you!
My immediate recollection is my visit to Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. In cartoons and my mental models, this important rock must have been a football field high and long for the emphasis it plays since Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower in New England on November 11, 1620 after a voyage of 66 days. In case you have not visited this American marker, I will not post a photo of it, but suffice it to say you will need your zoom in camera lens upon your visit!
Next was the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 652,000 sq. ft dedicated to the permanent collection. We hoofed it through the museum rushing to see the hot spots on a guided tour with limited time. We stopped with a squeal when we finally found this painting by da Vinci. We had to jump up and down a few times to find her over other tourists gawking at her. Goodness, grab your zoom lens again, she’s a tiny little thing!
Most recently we visited two bucket list places in England and Denmark. The first was Stonehenge. This sacred and mysterious place was packed with visitors and we walked a ways to get to it! My head game played it out to be miles wide and deep. Nope, we could walk around it in wonder in five minutes, but still were amazed.
Onward we traveled to the Little Mermaid in Denmark (not to be confused with the Disney movie mermaid, who is bigger than life!) Surely this statute would be far out in the sea and we would need binoculars to spy her. The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is 1.25 metres (4.1 ft) tall and weighs 175 kilograms (385 lb). Nope, again, she was swaddled with climbing tourists and we were amazed how tiny and petite she is. We could also climb down to her and I am taller and wider than she is!
On the other hand (or head) there have been times where I was unprepared for how much larger something was than I imagined such as a Hampton Roads Naval carrier, Michelangelo’s statute of David in Florence, Italy, and various little tiny cobblestone streets that lead into big town piazzas in Venice, Riga, Tallin and more. And then there’s the head game that played when I saw my niece’s first tattoo. Surely it would cover her from head to toe and be in a dazzling array of rainbow colors. Whew! The baby bee and flower were dainty and smaller than I ever had dreamed.
I will attempt to research before visiting places to train my head to “get in the game” to and be prepared for what awaiting me on future journeys.