I've seen my home country being posted here and here's my reply:
Why weird? Really, it's just another european country, white skin people, nothing special.
Sure, we have beautifull nature hidden well somewhere, wild parts of our contry, etc, but this is nothing unusual, all countries do have that.
I've visited unusual places on earth like Tibet or Peruvian altiplanos, they are weird as nature, but not people.
Still, if somebody wants to visit my country, i'll be glad to offer some advices.
Definitely on the top of my list,as they have a perpetually active volcano that is like Stromboli,
only add in the tropical sky
Krakatau(Indonesia)..same thing,but because the new version of this volcano is so small(only formed out of the Caldera that Daddy Krakatau blew up in 1927)you can watch from the islands that ring it(the caldera wall)
I'd love to go to Venezuela and get a first hand experience of watching their Miss Venezuela pageant - they have such a strong record globally i'd love to see how they develop that from the very entry point right up until what we see at Miss Universe, Miss World etc.
That means your thread worth it.
I would like to go to Siberia and South American extreme south, Tierra del Fuego, near Antartic.
Is it just me or all people believe that locations far away from home are weird and exotic?
I just came back from Marrakech. Beautiful but hectic in the souks etc. It was nice to get away to the tranquility of Aït Benhaddou which is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site where they filmed Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven etc. Incredible place. A taxi and guide took us 4 hours across the Atlas mountains which were covered in snow to the edge of the Sahara where Ben Haddou lies, which was a fab trip in itself. It cost £90 which I felt was very reasonable. Also recommend Essaouiria on the coast about two and a half hours away.
The Majorelle Gardens of Yves St Laurent were beautiful in Marrakech itself as were the ruins of El Badi Palace and the Saadian tombs. Miss it all already and hope to go back sometime soon.
Travelled extensively in Chile which is also a country of contrasts from the glaciers in the south to the Atacama desert but haven't done Easter Island. On the list.
A few people have mentioned Greenland. Went to the North Greenland ice sheet on field work for a month which was incredible; especially being flown in by the USAF in a Hercules on skis. Watch out for mosquitoes in summer further south it's a nightmare.
Iceland I have been to many times it's a very beautiful volcanic landscape.
On my list to do is Kamchatka - and I have just been told I am off there on field work in late summer which is cool.
Becks wrote: Kazakhstan Almaty is beautiful and I like their adoption politics.
I'd also LOVE to visit Cardiff, Wales. Because I have a huge madlove of Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and that's where Torchwood was filmed.
Also, Ireland, but that's not really an unusual place, ha
I have been to the Pentyrch Hunt Ball a few times in City Hall Cardiff which you picture there. It is very beautfiul inside; lots of marble and huge paintings of Victorian industrialists etc.
Other than that there is the Scott memorial in Roath park and I'd say Cardiff hasn't much else to offer. If you go; come to Swansea. Not that that the city is much better better but it is close to the Gower which is a stunning peninsula. Oh...and we are in the League Cup final.
Seriously Norway is a fantastic country. I love Bergen and the fjords are spectacular; and in winter you have the magnificent northern lights in the north. Even sampled smoked whale which I suppose is unusual. Alcohol is expensive - £10 for a beer - and you can't buy it in supermarkets or anything.
I'd love to visit Mali sometime when the troubles are over. The mud architecture like the mosque of Djenne looks amazing.
In a few years, I will be retired and sail around the world solo. Taking the southern route. The trip is not to break any records, but sail when and where ever I want, no clients, no pressure, not kid and no wife. I only listen to the weather and the seas. Wife, kids, and friends can join me when I get to the places they like to visit. IF I am tired, I haul boat out of the water and fly home. A few months later, I resume my voyage. If this does not kill me, I will ride my Triumph from Ocean City, MD to SFO via Highway 50 and then up to Alaska. Ship the bike home and fly back.
1. Starting in Cape may and sail to Block Island, to Bermuda/Azores, to UK, circumnavigate UK,
2. and cross English Channel and go into inland waterway thru France and get into Mediterranean Sea between France and Spain. Sail the northern Mediterranean all the way to Turkey.
3. Take the south route if safe to do so through Gibrltar to Gran Canaria and Cape Verde
4. Start my circumnavigation of the world here to Caribbean.
5. Thru Panama, sail the Galapagos Island, Easter Island, French Polynesia o New Zealand.
6. From there I work my way up to Hong Kong and hopefully to Canton, my birthplace.
7. Sail south thru Vietnam and make my way to Christmas Island and Cocos.
8. Get to Madagascar to SA Cape town
9. Stop by St. Helen and on to Brazil
10. Work my way back Caribbean and back to Home Port Annapolis, MD.
11. If my kids want the boat, they can have her. If not, I will sell the boat.
12. Ride the bike to SFO and more.
This is a tall order, but I have been prepared this for a long long time. I have been sailing off shore whenever I can.