I love discovering new travel quotes for this series, and I certainly had to chuckle at this one.
We grow up with our list already started, don’t we? I studied the Incas when I was in fourth grade and never forgot about them. I couldn’t wait to head to Peru and see Macchu Picchu for myself. Then I got there and I was even more amazed by their customs, architecture, landscapes, all of it.
I also read plenty of books on World War II and the Cold War. Book after book of espionage, adventure, war, death. I couldn’t wait to visit Moscow. When I did this in 1987, it was as bleak as I imagined it, and I found it was the same in many of the Soviet countries. Nowadays, however, I visit one of those countries that were hidden behind the Iron Curtain for so long, and I can only see the dilapidation or despair when I wander a little off the tourist trail. For example, Poland. What a beautiful country filled with colorful medieval buildings, but if you go to a town that hasn’t really been refurbished, the buildings are falling down and people still live in them.
Then there’s places that I either never heard of or just had no desire to visit, or at least that is what I thought! I never really gave much thought to traveling to Malaysia, for example, as a child or young adult. Even after I’d visited plenty of countries, I found they were mostly Europe-centric. Luckily I moved to Japan and then Korea, and the whole of Asia opened up to me. What a wonderful place to travel. I’ve been to Malaysia twice, and quite frankly can’t wait to go back!
At some point in my travels, I stopped thinking about places I didn’t want to go. You cannot name a place I would not go to, or name a place I’ve been that I wouldn’t return to. I love them all! In fact, now the more obscure, the more I want to go. I hope everyone can throw away our preconceptions and just go!…..Everywhere!
…And wouldn’t we all love to find that sign…a pink flamingo sign!?
Where is someplace you never thought you would go, but you loved it?
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