March 2nd’s prompt: Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?
I would like to visit just about anywhere in the world. I enjoy beaches, but mountains and forests even more so. The beauty of natural landforms all over our planet are worth seeing, as well as man made ones. I would like to see:
- The mountains and glaciers of Alaska
- The forests of the Northwestern U.S. and Canada
- The beaches of the Polynesian and Micronesian islands
- The culture, art and music of Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic
- The Great Wall of China
- The cultures of India and the nations of the Far East
- Germany’s Black Forest
- Tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and the Amazon basin
- Castles and cliffs of Ireland
- Rivers and lakes of Eastern Europe
- The Amazon River
- Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Fjords of Norway and Chile
- The large heads of Easter Island and the Olmecs of Mexico
- The countries of “Down under”: Australia and New Zealand
I want to revisit:
- Forests of pinheiros paranaenses in Parana, Brazil
- Brazilian cities including: Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Brasilia, Salvador
- The beaches of Buzios, Brazil
- Machu Picchu, Peru (and visit other Inca sites I didn’t visit before)
- Mexico, including Mayan ruins, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Tenochtitlan and other Aztec ruins
I know there are many other places that I have forgotten to mention, because really, I would like to travel everywhere on the globe, except for one continent:
March 3rd’s prompt: Is there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?
I don’t think I ever want to visit Antarctica. I don’t think I could stand the cold, the isolation, the freezing wind blowing snow in my face. Not a tree or other living thing; nothing to block the monotony of a snowy, icy surface as far as the eye can see. There are glacial plateaus, and a coastline that might offer lots of photo opps, but I would worry that the ship would get caught in the ice! I love penguins, but will have to be content to see them in nature documentaries or at the zoo.
In contrast, I would love to go to Alaska. It’s cold there, too, but if I go in the Northern Hemisphere summer (which is when I have vacation), the scenery there is beautiful – mountains, glaciers, lakes.
Not so Antarctica! Some may find a desolate, stark beauty there, but to me it is sort of terrifying. A penguin’s egg, if it falls off its parents’ feet onto the ice, can freeze in seconds, killing the baby inside. Imagine a human being walking on that icy continent: any exposed part of your face or body can freeze quickly, and really, does bundling up with several layers REALLY keep out the cold? No, thanks! I may go most places on the globe, and visit every continent, except that frozen one at the South Pole.