I would like to hear about peoples travels, where they have gone, what they learned, and things they have witnessed. If you could suggest one place to go where would it be? Or if you have not been there, where would you go and why is that the place you would choose instead of any other location on earth?
Unfortunately i have not traveled beyond my own state except to New York and Baltimore which are both awesome but i have never been out of the United States. The place i would probably choose to go is Egypt. I would love to learn about their history first hand.
I have to recommend Rome, and to spend at least a week there (it’ll feel like it’s not enough though). The city is just filled with incredible stuff from monuments to the driving habits of it’s citizens. x) it’s got both the historical and the modern side to it – from the Coliseum to the fashion street. Words really can’t express it. Also, obviously the Vatican is a big thing. The art in the basilica by Michelangelo… it’s pretty high up, but looking at it gives you this sense of awe.
Hungary was a great place to visit as well – the waters there, both in the river and the spas with no roof, were so warm you could melt. Ecstatic! It had this really different type of charm to it, the people were extremely friendly (as opposed to the Italians, no offense intended, I just think they were really sick of tourists) and the towns were beautiful.
Rhodes was beautiful, from what I can remember. Castles, the old city, gardens… can’t remember much about it though, visited it when still quite young.
The southern coastline of Spain is fun if you want to get smashed.
Hmm. When it comes to cultures, I bet the neatest ones are in South America, Nepal, North Africa and India (and, well, Asia in general). By “neatest” I mean the most different to our western one. For example, American and Finnish cultures aren’t all that different – the difference is almost the same as with American culture and English culture. Civilized in our sense of the word, educated, capitalistic, and so on. Of course there are differences, but the bigger the difference, the bigger the impact.
I’ve been against traveling to America for a while now, because it seems like an increasingly dangerous country (especially to foreigners) with it’s military industrial complex, patriot act, war on drugs and so on. Lately I’ve started fantasizing about Burning Man, though.
@qualohuasca, I plan on going to the big burn in 2015. I’ve been EXTREMELY interested ever since I heard about it a number of years ago. Fortunately/unfortunately other travel plans have gotten in the way… There is a lot to be wary of in the US, but as long as you don’t just keep your head buried, and are even a little aware, it really isn’t all TOO bad… :p
@athousand, I had the incredible opportunity to study a semester in Trinidad and Tobago, and fell in love with it. The twin islands are just amazing, and so unique. I’m sure every location has something that is unique and lovely, but I loved T&T. I was fortunate enough to attend the Carnival when I was there, and that was amazing as well! They have a number of unique foods, seemingly limitless places to hike and explore, and – more related to your desires – a myriad of cultures as well. On one street there will be a Christian household next to a Muslim, next to a Buddhist, next to a Spiritual Baptist, next to a non-religious family, next to a Hindu. AND THEY ALL TALK AND KNOW EACH OTHER WELL. A Trinidadian friend told me that the Hindu’s celebrate Christmas with the Christians, and the Christians will celebrate the many Hindu festivals with them and other faiths/non-practicers get in on the fun as well – and they fully enjoy each others’ company. I can attest to that as well. As a study away student, I felt welcomed at all the festivals, not just as “that white guest we need to impress,” but as a person whom they honestly wished to share cultures with and were genuinely respectful to because they’re lovely people.
I could write novels about my experience, but I think you got a general idea. You can always PM me for more information!
If i could have one wish i would want to be able to travel to every individual place in the world and have enough time to learn their language culture and beliefs. Thank you both giving detailed descriptions, i hope to be able to one day visit and experience for myself the places you two have listed.