Very often, I have the urge to travel. I think it must be in my blood, what with my geography training and all. The problem is, I don’t always have the money to travel. However, that never stops me from imagining myself in various places. I decided that I would share my top 5 destinations (currently) where, barring money, time, and political strangleholds, I would certainly pack up and go tomorrow.
Number One: Tik’al in Guatemala Aside from being the largest city of the ancient Mayan civilization, Tik’al was also used as the backdrop for several rebel base scenes in the original Star Wars film. I am fascinated by this culture and their massive pyramids. As well, having been to the Yucatan, I would be interested to compare this area with those ruins as well.
Number Two: Vienna, Austria This city intrigues me for its appearance in a multitude of great musician biographies. I would love to visit the palaces and attend concerts at the various opera houses. Plus, it apparently is the world capital of balls Aside: get your mind out of the gutter! and I can’t imagine living a full life without going to the ball with my lovely wife. I mean, how Cinderella would that be?
Number Three: Mongolia I know, I know…it seems to be a dry wasteland stuck between Russia and China. But, I’ve always found beauty in unlikely places. I think the drive across the Texas panhandle has its charm and I rather like places with lots of farmland. I just find Mongolia intriguing. It strikes me as one of the last great frontiers on the planet. I suppose with its affection for horses, I picture it as more of a wild, wild, Far East sort of place. This would also add a new continent to my travels.
Number Four: Patagonia, Argentina I’m not opposed to all of Argentina, but if I have to choose only part, I would love to see this area. Again, more open wildness calls to me from the map. Plus, if the food is anything like the local Argentinian restaurant, I will certainly want to spend a lot of time there. Plus, this would add another continent to my ever-growing list.
Number Five: Havana, Cuba I hope that someday I’m able to go here. I’m certain that I’ve romanticized it in my head and it’s quite possibly not all it’s cracked up to be, but if I go, the first thing I’ll do is have my first cigar. I want to sit at a local café, smoke a cigar, listen to a little guitar music, drink mojitos in my guayabera and dream of a long life. That should do it. The next day, I’ll find an old Chevy convertible and drive down the streets of Havana enjoying the sunshine. Wow…maybe I should move it further up the list.
Runners up: Scotland and/or Ireland; New Zealand; India; Sweden; Banff, Canada
A guy can dream can’t he? See you in the funny papers!