My ‘To Visit’ List

Rebecca started a wee blog meme which she tagged me in, and it is still Travelling Tuesday (may not be by the time I finish this post…but och well!) so I thought I’d better do it. :)

My task? To share my ‘To visit’ list. I actually wrote mine when I was 15 or 16 which is over a decade ago. It originally had 23 countries on it, but I’m only going to share with you the countries I have visited and the ones that I’d still like to visit. If that makes sense? Here we go…

WalesI still need to see Snowdon though.

France   I wanted to visit Paris, and this was the first stop on my Inter-rail trip in 2002. I also visited Strasbourg, Lyon & Grenoble on that trip. I would still like to go to Verseilles, and would happily go back to Lyon.

Germany  I wanted to visit the Black Forest, Munich & Berlin, and again I got to do all 3 (plus Cologne) on my Inter-rail trip.  I’d like to go back to Munich and see more of the city.

I tried to take a picture of every station we stopped at during our Inter-Rail trip. This is me at the German-Dutch border

Switzerland – though I did travel through Switzerland overnight on a sleeper train (seeing the Alps was very cool), I’d like to see more of Switzerland than I did lying on the floor of a sleeper train carriage.

Spain – Madrid, Barcelona I got to Barcelona a few days after I turned 21. I got my bag stolen while I was there, and one of my close friends from high school lives there. I also got to see some beautiful parts of Andalucía when I was there on an ERASMUS field trip programme in 2003 (one of the perks of studying Geography).

Italy – Now. This is THE one. I’ve only seen a teeny part of Italy and there’s so much more I want to see. I have seen Genoa, a brief bit of Milan and Pisa. But there is still Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Lake Maggiore & Lake Garda. I feel a trip to do ‘Italia Rail’ may be in order…

Greece – I have been to a few of the islands, but never to the mainland.

Japan – Tokyo (would have been lovely to have been there last week).

Bali, Indonesia

Canada – namely Vancouver.

USA – I have visited the US a couple of times – 2x Florida and once to New York City  in September 2006 after I graduated, 5 years after I was originally supposed to be there before I started university. I’d love to do a road trip and see lots of friends across the states. My original points of interest were Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego (I think for the zoo), Grand Canyon, Topeka & Wichita (the setting for my favourite ever book), New Orleans, Wilmington NC (because of Dawson’s Creek), Florida, New York City, Maine, Boston (because of Ally McBeal). I’d add Tennessee to that list now!

A lot of places on my list came from reading about them in books. In this case: The Babysitters Club series - I went hunting for the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.

Mexico – I always wanted to go and see the WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) home in Mexico, ‘Our Cabaña’.

Brazil – Rio de Janeiro (since I can’t get tickets for London 2012, maybe I can see some gymnastics in Rio in 2016?)

Australia – I fulfilled this huge dream in 2007 in my ‘interim’ period between Aberdeen and Edinburgh. However Ayers Rock and Fraser Island are still items to cross off that list.

Brunette Koala meets Crumpet the koala.

New Zealand – I don’t think I was too fussed where!

Netherlands – I’ve visited the Netherlands twice and I love it there. I love the people, the flat services for cycling on, the cleanliness, the beauty of Amsterdam and sprinkles for breakfast.

Czech Republic – Prague

Ireland – Though I’ve been to Northern Ireland for a wedding, I’ve never been to Eire. I would love to go for the Irish hospitality and the lush emerald green of it all!

Not on my original list but I’d like to add it: Scotland (there’s so much of my country I haven’t seen – like Loch Ness and Skye, plus I still haven’t climbed Ben Nevis), Ghana, Sweden, Finland, South Africa and Morocco.

I visited Sweden on a work experience exchange in 2000 (I got to work as a dance teacher which was loads of fun). A few months before that I had an opportunity to do a field trip in Morocco where I made lifelong friends with some of my high school peers (it was such an experience we’ll never forget it). And of course I want to return to South Africa. A piece of my heart got left there in 2009.

What is on your travel list – and to what extent have you already ticked off your list?

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