Someday

We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.                                                                        Australian Aboriginal saying

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The world is a rather large place, and I love exploring new cultures, places I’ve never been, and seeing new things. And since the world is a large place, new destinations generally take precedence over places I’ve been before. Often, I say [in my head] “I’d love to come back here. Someday.” Which places are those, you ask? Places that hold a special place in my heart. There are the easy ones, like London, England where there is so much to see and do I doubt I could do it all in one lifetime. Or Charleston, South Carolina, which is an international tourist destination, but is relativity close to my current home. And Huanchaco, Peru where there isn’t a whole lot to do, but it’s where I was first part of an international community of backpackers. I’m not so naive to believe that if I went back to Huanchaco it would be the same as it was when I was there. Part of the charm of living in a tourist/backpacking town is the continuous influx of new people, but that’s also what makes it hard to fit in. Excluding the obvious, here are five places that I’d love to return to. Someday.

Mendoza, Argentina
There’s no other way to put it–Mendoza is simply amazing. The wineries

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The food… [try the parilla for a plate full of delicious grilled meat]…

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The scenery…

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The mountains…[the tallest in the Western hemisphere]

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The ruins… [some Inca ruins are all the way down to Argentina].  I only hope that someday I will make my way back to Argentina.

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Isle of Skye, Scotland
Nestled up in the Scottish Highlands is the Isle of Skye. Other-worldly. Beautiful. Remote. Amazing. Skies that go for miles. Castles. Ruins. Stone footbridges.

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Cartagena, Colombia
Colonial. Colorful. Safe. Fortified. Tropical. Magical. Botero statues. oh so Colombian. White, sandy beaches nearby.  Someday…

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia in general isn’t known for its friendly, welcoming attitude towards visitors. But everyone I’ve known who has taken the time to deal with Russian bureaucracy has thought it was completely worthwhile. In 2009, I studied abroad at Moscow State University. My sole reason for doing that was to get to Russia. I didn’t care so much about the program as it was an agriculture program, and I have zero interest in farming, but from January until June I was in possession of a student visa which allowed me access to most of European Russia.

I made it to St Petersburg 4 times over the course of 6 months–each time different than before. I’d love to go back in the fall. Moscow is interesting; it is just too big of a city for me to enjoy. St Petersburg is more manageable with the added bonus of imperial Russian history. Moscow is historic in a communist sort of way. St. Petersburg, though, is more to my liking.

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Kotor, Montenegro
I only spent one day and one night in Kotor as a last minute detour to defrost after being in Hungary, Romania, and Serbia. I was so glad I made time in my schedule to see this amazing small town. In January, it was as if I was the only one there. I’m told that even in summer, it gets none of the craziness like Split or Dubrovnik, Croatia. YET.

As the country of Montenegro, it has only been in existence since 2006, but its civilization dates back as far a 9th century, and it has been, at times, ruled by Italy, Ottoman Empire, and Yugoslavia. It is being “discovered” by tourists and is the second fastest growing tourist destination. Go now before it becomes just another blip on the European tourist trail.

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Honorable Mention:
The Alps…any part, any country, any time of year.

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12 thoughts on “Someday

  1. Beautiful pictures and such a range of places. The nearest to me is Skye, although I haven’t been, and it looks stupendous. We have been to the Scottish highlands and the scenery was magnificent. All of these look terrific. What choices!

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  2. Wow, your photos are absolutely amazing. If I didn’t have these places on my radar before, I certainly do now!

    There are so many places I would love to visit again; yet so far I have only returned to one country (slightly intentionally :D), Costa Rica. I’d even go back again haha; but, it doesn’t take priority over seeing new places.

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  3. Overly amazing photos! I have been to St. Petersburg, Russia but Isle of Skye, Cartagena, Kotor and Mendoza…wow those are such cool places to go to. Thank you for giving me a peek!

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  4. Stunning photos. There are a few places I haven’t visited here too and this really makes me want to go. St Petersburg has been on my wish list for a while. I’m lucky to live very close to Scotland and can second it being on your list. I keep going back. Great post

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  5. Gorgeous photos. You’ve been to some beautiful, and diverse places. I agree that although you want to see as many different places as you can, there are those special places that you like to return to again and again.

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