I love visiting new places. I've always wanted to travel the world. Seriously, I would just about kill for job with the Travel Channel. Anyway, while "everywhere" is accurate, it's also more than a little bit vague, so I've decided to make a list of all the places I want to visit. I'm trying to be as specific as possible, but in some cases I'll probably just list the country . . . I know, how vague is that? :-) And here it is, in no particular order, and likely to be edited/updated/added to often:
1. Paris. It's been top of the list, literally ever since I can remember. We're talking junior high or earlier.
7A. Vatican City
8. Forks, Washington. Seriously. :-)
10. Washington DC
12. upstate New York
14. Johannesburg, South Africa
19. Ankor Wat (I can never remember what country that's in . . . my Asian geography knowledge is sadly lacking. Is it Cambodia?)
20B. Hong Kong
21. Prince Edward Island. I've wanted to be Anne Shirley since I was 8.
22. the rest of Canada
23. Glacier National Park. I've never figured out how we didn't manage to hit that one growing up.
24. The Everglades
25. St. Augustine, Florida. Two years living there, and the only time I left Orlando was one afternoon at Kennedy Space Center. The first year no one else wanted to go, and the second year I had no money to go anywhere. Blargh.
26. Atlanta. Actually, Jonesboro, Georgia, which isn't far from Atlanta. And is where Scarlett O'Hara "lived." And yes, there are several places that I want to visit solely or partly because books I love are set there. Speaking of which . . .
27. Volterra, Italy
28B. New Delhi
29. Sri Lanka. Probably a lot safer now that the Tamil Tigers have called it quits. (Is it sad that I if I had never read Lynne Gardner's gem series I would probably have never even noticed that story becuase I would have never heard of the Tigers before? Probably.)
36. Moscow (Russia, not Idaho, lol)
37. Nepal (no mountain climbing for me . . . I'll just admire them from the bottom!)
38. Easter Island
45. Costa Rica
46. the Bahamas
51. Byzantium (a much prettier and more romantic name than either Istanbul or Constantinople)
55. Mt. Kilimanjaro
56. Mt. Ruhmore
57. Denali National Park
59. the Phillipines
60. Mexico. One of those Book of Mormon tours would be awesome.
62. the North Pole
70. Nice, France
72. Alexandria, Egypt
75. Cape Town
79. the Galapagos Islands
80. the Panama Canal
84. every state in the union
85. Derbyshire - Mr. Darcy country!!
So there we go. I'll probably be adding to this list as I think of other places I'd like to see. And hopefully someday soon . . . ish . . . I'll be able to cross a few off. And as I was making the list I thought of all the places we can go where we already know people there . . . and therefore already potentially have a place to stay and a native tour guide - yay! It's a longer list than I realized:
(one asterisk for every person I know in that country)
And of course I definitely want to go back and see more of Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand, but since I've already been to all three I decided to leave them off this list. At least I've seen a few places. :-)
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Keeping with the international flavor, here's a Qubecoise children's TV show my middle and high school French teachers showed occasionally. We loved it because it was right at our level, especially first and second year. And it's fun to make fun of. :-)