Back in the early 90s when I really wanted to do more photography, my parents helped subsidize a Minolta Maxxum 3000i, a 35mm film camera. Everything was pretty much auto-adjustable, which meant I could snap and shoot, but wasn't really learning the essentials of photography.
Later in school, I was handed a fully analog Minolta srT series (can't remember which number) and it wasn't long before I was ditching school to pursue taking pictures.
I soon learned to love all things Ilford film, particularly the 50 or Pan F Series. I never took a liking to developing my own negatives (though i did try and botch things a few times), but I did spend a lot of time in the dark room on an old Leica developer. It was the beginning of excessive allnighters, where you can't quite get the smell of developer off your fingers.
Recently, I borrowed a Hasselblad c300 for a Behind-the-Scenes shoot in Lithuana and loved getting back into all things analog.