I don’t actually. But I’d like to. [ Soundtrack: I Know Places – Lykke Li ♥ ]
If I had to pick my special powers, one of them would definitely be Teleportation (the others would be Time Traveling and Mind Reading). To travel the whole world is one of my most cherished dreams, for sure, and if used to fuel it with imagery quite frequently before, now working at a Travel Agency it sometimes becomes actually hurtful to see so much wonder and not be able to hop on a plane and just go. Not yet, at least… Meanwhile, here’s 10 places I wouldn’t mind escaping to right after I hit the ‘publish’ button:
1. JAPAN – Ok, here I’d want to use my Time Travel power too, because my ideal is to visit Japan in April, when the cherry blossom paint it all pink. But to be quite fair, any time of the year would do. It has been a looong lived wish to visit Japan. I blame Rurouni Kenshin and Sailor Moon…
2. ITALY – I could never pick a place in Italy to visit first, so I’ve been postponing that trip for years! I see Italy as the nest of our culture, and when it comes to History, food, landscapes, fashion, charming men (and beautiful women) and picturesque settings, I think there’s no country like Italy to join it all, from north to south with that passion and warmth that is so particular of the Italians. Plus, I really want to learn Italian – where better?
3. THAILAND – I must confess Bangkok made a little bit of an impression on me when I first watched The Beach, and even though a little sin is the salt of life, I have my limits. On the other hand, I also fancy trespassing those every now and then. Also, apart from Sin City, Thailand offers for sure some of the best postcard worthy surroundings in the world. Other pluses: it’s a cheap destination, backpackers friendly and a fountain of stories, I’m sure.
4. NEW YORK – New York, New York… The City that never sleeps has an undeniable appeal to anyone who likes to feel madly alive. It sure it has its problems but so does any other city in the world. Probably as a lot of other people do, I wouldn’t mind living there for awhile, in the center of the world, where everything’s happening.
5. BALI – I think Bali has that ability to make you feel like you’ve just died and reached paradise – at least that’s what I got from Eat Pray Love (awful movie, btw, even though the book is next on my queue once I finish The Prisioner of Heaven) and any other picture I’ve come across. And testimony. I’m sure it’s that kind of place that after awhile you just feel guilty about because you never really want to leave… 😛
6. ST. PETERSBURG – Russia isn’t my favorite country in the world, by far, for various reasons. Yet, St. Petersburg is different, it has that glamour and grace of its own that I find fascinating. I have a thing for beautiful cities (I have a thing for beautiful things in general) and St. Petersburg is quite a babe (despite the cold, and the language and all that…).
7. GREECE – More specifically, any of the dreamy Greek Islands. It’s a little bit of white & blue heaven there. And no one could judge me if I suddenly started singing and dancing ABBA’s Dancing Queen out of the blue. I’m sure that after Mamma Mia it has already become ‘a thing’ by now.
8. PATAGONIA – There’s something about those contrasts that fascinates me, along with the feeling of being such a tiny tiny part of this world. Actually the dream – mine and of so many people – would be to travel the whole South America just with a backpack over my shoulders (well, and maybe good company) – Buenos Aires particularly is a must stop – and end up in here, where the world suddenly freezes and turns white, grey and blue and it’s terrifying but oh so beautiful.
9. INDIA – As far as I’ve read and heard, anyone feels quite ambivalent about India. There’s a lot to love (it’s a feast to the eyes) and also a lot to hate (or be chocked about), but one thing’s for sure – it’s a magical magical place.
10. PARIS – “We’ll always have Paris”, and Paris never goes out of style. I’ve been to Paris twice, but if I could, I would visit the City of Lights (and Love, or so they say) at least once a month. I can’t imagine myself living there for long, though. Somehow, I see the city more as a mysterious, glamorous and charming fling – repeatable over the years, though – than a long time lover and partner, but I’m sure that’s just a matter of perspective. Unfortunately I can’t do that once a month thing just yet, but someday I will, because, as Balzac once said “whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant”. Call me snob, but I agree.
And you? Where would you go to right now if you could?
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