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This week’s prompt is place I want to go that I’ve read about in books, whether real or fake. This is insanely easy for me both because I love to travel physically, and because I read a TON of books set in places I’ve never been around the world. That’s a specific draw for me. 🙂
I did have a weird moment of realization during this though. Since fictional places are also included in today’s list options, I got to thinking how there didn’t seem to be any fictional place I’d ever want to visit because in books they’re always so violent and dangerous and a million things could kill me. This was followed by me thinking how someone from one of those places would view Earth and/or the United States. And I was shocked when I realized, oh… they might feel the same. 😅 War and human rights issues constantly, a car might run you over, some places on Earth have now become literally too hot for humans to live anymore… there are definitely some issues here, even if they aren’t literal dragons. I mean, heck, we even had a recent plague!
Side note: reading about real current events in a dramatized, fictionalized way would be cool. I’d read that news site.
Anyway. The list.
Approximately arranged by how far away they are from me currently.
The Cat I Never Named: Bihac, Bosnia
Because this book was incredible and more than enough to make me fall in love with Bosnia and want to see where they’re at now, knowing the history.
The Puma Years: Bolivia
Because this book made me go from “I could NEVVVVVER do that!!!” to looking up the volunteer site for more information…
Moloka’i – Hawai’i, United States
Because it’s a tropical place I can go without technically leaving the country I live in. But it would sure feel like it.
The Lioness of Morocco: Morocco
Morocco has a particular spice to it that I really want to experience. In this case I mean it kind of literally since the MC farms saffron, but it’s in the world and the culture, really. Plus it seems to have some truly spectacularly gorgeous places.
The City of Brass: Egypt
Because PYRAMIDS AND SPHINXES! I’ve also never seen a desert, and it would feel just incredible to float down the Nile in a felucca.
When The Apricots Bloom: Baghdad, Iraq
Because it seems like the United States has been at war in some way with Iraq for my entire life and US citizens are basically told to never ever go there unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. I think that’s incredibly sad, and it would mean a lot to be able to visit this vibrant place in a time of peace and feel like that bullshit is past.
A girl can dream…
City of Saints & Thieves: Kenya
Because it has an awesome mix of huge cities and incredible wilderness. I found a picture of the Nairobi skyline from a field where a fucking giraffe was just strolling along. Y’all. The cities I’ve been to don’t casually have giraffes nearby.
Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic: Singapore
SINGAPORE!!! This to me is the city to beat all cities. I am constantly impressed and baffled and amazed by what they can do here, from extremely compact living to innovation of outdoor spaces to compensate for that compact living. It just seems like a really unique place in the world that I can’t wait to learn about myself.
The Lucky Escape: Australia
Because it’s just so huge and varied. If there’s any land space unexplored in the world, it’s probably somewhere in Australia. Also my friend will be moving there so I’m obviously going to visit. 😀
Chasing the Light: South Africa, Antarctica
This is a twofer and a maybe-fer. I haven’t read this one yet (the only on this list I haven’t) but it starts in Cape Town where I’d love to visit, and maybe ends in Antarctica if they’re lucky. Antarctica might not exactly be around much longer in the expected way, so this probably needs to be a priority if I truly want to go. 😐