Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2018

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8 Summer 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine It's all part of the journey "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." — Augustine of Hippo, Christian theologian T hey come in all shapes and forms. There are the kind that roll down in the classroom, giving pupils their first formal taste of geography. There's the map in the board game of strategy called "Risk," the so-called march toward "world conquest." And who hasn't taken more than a few wheel-and-deal trips around the boardwalk playing "Monopoly." Sure, the tech age has introduced map apps, a software application that in one case, such as Duke University's, allows visitors to click on 22 red pushpins with an icon of a knife and fork to reveal locations of campus eateries. But to many, there is nothing that compares to the tacit experience of grasping a real push pin and pressing it into a location on a map of the United States, forever marking a place of origin by puncturing a tiny hole in paper. Case in point: the colorful map inside a cozy shop called "The Robin's Nest," in downtown Wake Forest, where little birdhouses shaped like cats are the best-sellers and where the background music hints of travel with tunes from 1942's "Casablanca," set in occupied French Morocco ("As Time Goes By") and 1965's Russian Revolution epic "Dr. Zhivago" ("Lara's Theme"). "Hi there! Welcome to The Robin's Nest," proprietor Rebekah Lewis says in her usual greeting to new arrivals invited to push a pin into her map and stake a claim to their homeland. (Visitors from abroad — and there have been many from such places as Vienna, Austria; Liverpool, England; Hamburg, Germany, and Torino, Italy — for now at least enter their place of origin in a sign-in log she keeps on the counter.) "Look at all these Florida guests," she said of a popular point of origin. "Sometimes, they'll see somebody like 10 miles from them." The East Coast, as might be expected, is awash with red, blue, green, and yellow push pins. But the rest of the nation is well-represented, too. There are four pins in Hawaii, five in Alaska, five in Colorado, four in Arizona, and 20 in California. The only apparent no-shows: South Dakota and Wyoming. PHILIP M. READ The map inside "The Robin's Nest," a guide to the origins of the many visitors to historic downtown Wake Forest. How About That! Quick, sometimes quirky reads

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