Monday, November 30, 2009


Where would you go?

Every once in a while I lie on the couch and imagine going on a trip somewhere I have never been. That project, of course, involves selecting a place to go. Lately that place-- the place I would most like to visit-- has been Japan. Part of the appeal of it is that it seems like a place that is very different than our own, and that little things that were somewhat familiar would be very different. For example, I wonder what a grocery store in Japan is like-- what they sell, and how it is displayed. I would soak it all in, quietly, and wonder about the reasons for those differences.

If you could, where would you go?

Grocery stores in Japan look refreshingly similar to those in the States. I've never been, but countless exercises in my Japanese textbooks contained pictures that required me to identify やさい or にく or ビイル. 

That said, if I could (without consequences to work or my already stressed bank account) up and leave, Mrs. Lane and I would doubtless head for Deutschland, and probably Scandinavia after that.
I have my "life to-do list" that is my list of all the places that I want to visit. Egypt, Ireland, Russia, Italy, etc. But the two places I always find myself wanting to see the most are two places I've already been: China and Kenya.
I've been to Japan twice. I would like to go back and visit. The grocery stores are smaller and kitchens are really small. I remember the neon lights in Tokyo. It as a sensory overload, similar to Hong Kong.

The Greek Isles and Egypt are on my short list. I would really like to see the Pyramids to see how differnt they are from the one I visited outside Mesico City.
Other than Waco and Detroit?

Probably Italy (again), Ireland and Scotland.

And Argentina.

And Chile.

And Hawaii.
Osler Island.
Actually, Osler Island is probably what I would pick over anyplace IF I only got one trip a year.
I've been lucky enough to travel a lot over the last several years, so mostly I'm content to continue exploring DC, but . . .

. . . the wanderlust does come back from time to time. I'd love to visit Hawaii, Key West, Montreal, more of the national parks . . . as for overseas, I always wished I had gone to Barcelona when I lived in Europe. I'd also love to go to some of the remote islands off the coast of Scotland.
This is simple, Iceland. Those people believe in fairies and elves and stuff. Count me in.
Turkey has been on my mind a lot recently, though central Asia has long had its pull: I'd love to spend a lot of time traveling in a big circle between Kazakstan, Tajikstan, northern Pakistan and Afghanistan (the safe parts), Kashmiri India, and Uighurstan/Xinjiang/ western China (the one of these I have been to).

The Middle East has a strong pull too...Jordan, Israel/Palestine, and a friend just went to Syria and loved it, and said they love seeing American tourists...
Anywhere they traveled and filmed on Planet Earth would be fine with me, preferably with David Attenborough along to narrate my trip.
Iceland, though I can't really explain why.
Turkey, Greece, Italy, Zimbabwe
And, well, India is in a league of its own, having lived there for a bit. . . . it can be incredibly frustrating but it also gets in your blood. I've had dreams recently about going back to India to visit.

Like Septimus, I'd love to go to Kashmir; also Dharamsala and that area, where the Tibetans in exile are . . . and since Afghanistan has been in the news for the last ten years, I've felt drawn toward it in some inexplicable way, although I don't think I'd go right now. Having a few Afghan students taught me a lot and made it a country I'll always follow with a sort of vicarious interest.
And I agree about Iceland! I'd go there too.
IF I had a desire to spend time off the grid - Osler Island would be on my list. But spending time off the grid is not at the top of my list as I already live in the woods and have named the deer. Perhaps I should visit the looney farm.
How about a comparative law field trip to Japan? Then BLS might pay for your trip AND you could bring students along to ruin the mood at your grocery store observations. Everybody wins.
In all seriousness, though, I'll love to travel in the Middle East. So much history.
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