My friend, Dawn Terrell, also writes an ancestry blog, Answering the Ancestors' Call, and her most recent post considers the connections between DNA and ancestral affinities -- that is, are we drawn to a particular culture or nation because of our genealogical history? This idea intrigues me, and I started to think about some of the places and cultures I'm drawn to. In Europe, it's Germany (of course), Italy, France, and England, but other countries -- Spain and Portugal, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, etc. -- not so much. And while I (we) have a lot of connections in different places, the major ones are Germany, England, France and Italy -- interesting, no? But the one that really intrigues me is that I have always, always been drawn to Russia in general, and Siberia in particular, and that is an old, prehistoric DNA connection. I've read a number of books about Russia and Siberia, I love to look at photographs from there, and I long to visit places like Lake Baikal. It's one of the oldest lakes on the planet (25 million years!) and contains 20% of the fresh water on Earth.
Now, come on, am I the only one that would like to see that? Oh, and it's also beautiful in the summer, too.
So here's the question -- a bunch of us share the same DNA -- am I the only one who has these longings? Let me know!