Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thinking About Places To Take A Trip To

So I'm reading a website I found through google reader called Study Hacks and going about the process of following all the links on it to other useful websites (like Zen Habits), and like so many other "ooh, look what I found on the internet!" moments I followed a link there to this awesome website called The Art of Non-Conformity.

There the website author posed a rather thought provoking question: What's the one place in the world you'd like to visit someday?

Damn. Good. Question.

So I got to thinking about it and the result I came up with was London, England. I totally dig English accents of all kinds and would quite frankly be a happy camper sitting in some English pub, feigning interest in whatever soccer match was playing while eavesdropping on every voice in the place.

So I added my little comment to that effect on the non-conformity website and moved on with my web surfing.

But as I got to thinking about it (well, thinking about the Jason Bourne movies) I realized I've always wanted to visit Moscow. I love reading National Geographic articles about the former Soviet Union (why do I always find them in tattoo shops in San Francisco, I wonder?) and Moscow in particular.

And then there's Germany. It's where my Dad's side of the family is from and I feel like I ought to go there even though I don't really identify with the place beyond the concept of drinking lots and lots and lots of beer and I've had a bad vibe going with Germany since every online discussion I've ever had with someone from there has always been with them being, well, so damned absolute/it's-this-and-not-that/rigid. Still want to visit the place, though.

Maybe I should go there just to find some counter-culture Germans who aren't all about toeing the party line (whatever that may be).

Gawd and then there's Tokyo, Japan. I have to admit it'd be fun to walk in a heavy population center where I'm at least half a head taller than everyone else (I promise to laugh on the inside). After that, I want to get on a bullet train and go really fast.

Hrm....London, Germany, Moscow, Tokyo.

So yeah, thinking about places to travel to is fun. Now to master the "making it happen" part.

Oh and by the way, where's the one place you want to travel to?

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