June 7, 2011

#Trust30 Prompt 5 - Travel

Prompt:
Travel by Chris Guillebeau

If we live truly, we shall see truly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?

(Author: Chris Guillebeau)

Post:
I've been having trouble identifying only one place, and most of the places I can think of are places I've already been... I'm not sure what that says about me, other than a current, more general desire to revisit and reconnect, to discover what I've forgotten, even though I know those places wouldn't be the same as I remembered/experienced them the first time.

Places to revisit:
Hull, England (northern England - Yorkshire/Manchester/etc., more generally)
Northern Ireland (Belfast, Derry, Giant's Causeway)
Florence, Italy
New York

 Places I haven't already been:
Liberia
Israel

 I feel like I should have Russia on the "haven't been" list (I studied Russian in high school & college), and Japan on the "revisit" list (I was an exchange student there in 1984), but really neither one seems all that appealing at the moment; partly I think because of the language barrier (not that there wouldn't be language or cultural issues with Italy, Liberia, or Israel).

 What will I do to make sure I get there? Actually, my church work opens the possibility of traveling to most of these places - I'd love to do a British Methodist pastor exchange at some point, we have strong missions involvement with Liberia (which is why it is even on my radar), and church trips to Israel are fairly easy to come by, if you have the time and money.

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