I was in middle school when I asked my mom if we could go to Australia. At the time we lived in an agricultural town in California, and had only driven annually to Juarez, Mexico to visit family. And here I was, all 13 years of me, asking my mom to go to Australia.
Her answer? “We can’t go there! We don’t know anyone in Australia!” That moment gave me a glimpse into my mother’s world, and a better understanding of her. Maybe it also gave me a better understanding of myself as well. I wanted to go to places we had never been to, and never considered knowing people at these places as an issue. Elementary school field trips made me realize that visiting new places gave me a jolt of excitement and a sense of wonder. If a country or other location fascinated me, why not travel to see it?
As I grew older, my travels took the shape of spontaneous day trips to unfamiliar locations. My first cross-Atlantic journey took place in 2008, where I traveled through Europe in 24 days. I don’t know if I ever felt more alive than that time, and I hesitate to try and re-create it, because it just cannot be. However there are a few places from that trip I would like to re-vist and spend more time in.
Prague, Czech Republic
Other places I would like to re-visit:
As for new places to visit:
San Antonio, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mexico City, Mexico
New York, New York
New Delhi, India
Auckland, New Zealand
In looking at this list, I am realizing that if I want to visit at least half of these places, I need to get-a-move on!
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