My mind wandered off to all the faraway places suggested in my last post’s comments, guesses for the places my five travel photos were from.
Places that I didn’t even know were on my bucket list suddenly appeared there (and I thought I had already emptied the bucket).
Why – Iceland, Cuba, the Kalahari – yes, I certainly could have gone to all of those places, gladly. I can see myself there now, dancing salsa in Havana, wearing a white dress against my tanned body, feeling the soft night breeze on my face, feeling like I don’t have a worry in the world.
And I can see myself in South Africa, too – after a successful wildlife safari from a hot air balloon, a local guide would have driven me in a jeep to the Kalahari glacier (looking just like it does on Google Images)… I actually did have a friend who was always inviting me to Cape Town and to their beach house somewhere on the coast (with sharks!) but I never found the perfect moment to go. (In my mind, I traveled there several times.)
Ecuador apparently sounded like a place I could have been to, and I agree. Maybe if I had taken a different turn somewhere in life, made a very small decision differently, it would have spiraled off to another direction, leading to yet another decision and then another… maybe I would have ended up in Bogotá or Rio de Janeiro. Another friend used to tell me, when I was younger, that one day, somehow, I’d end up in Rio (because I dreamt of it back then.) I don’t know yet if she was right.
Someone in my comments suggested Canada. I would have liked to have gone to Canada, having met so many Québécois along the way in France, with their French accents that I couldn’t ever understand a word of (after 12 years of studying French!)
But, these are places I’ve never been to. The correct answers to the guessing game are in the slideshow:
Thank you all so much for playing with me! I loved it!
On another note, blogging has made me create a new list of places I’d like to travel to. Places I barely knew existed before reading about them in other blogs. So far, the list only exists in my head, but let me jot down a few…
Piran, Slovenia – because it looks beautiful
Siena, Italy – same reason
Holbox, Mexico – paradise beach!
The Keukenhof Gardens, Holland – flowers!!
Rovinj, Croatia – salsa festival
Annecy, France – because I lived in France for a while but never heard of this place
St Petersburg (only 300 km away) has also been on my to-do list forever. But the visa requirements make me feel lazy, and the visa-free options make me feel suspicious. Montpellier has been on my mind (a re-visit), but the flights from here are insanely priced. And a beach holiday is way overdue. Still quite a while before we can teach the babies to snorkel, but I’m looking forward to it! (Right now, they’re learning to eat!)
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!