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Day 5: 5 Places I Would Like To Visit

Its day 5 of the 30 days blog challenge. Phewwww! Now i know why, it is called a challenge! So today i will be talking about 5 places i would love to visit.

5 Places I Would Love To Visit

My love for culture, history and the passion to learn are things that i value and i know will make me travel a lot, see as much as i can of the world and blogging about my travel experiences will a great feature in my life in the next 3 to 5 years (if not sooner), all plans being equal.

From reading about Nordic culture in the sheets of Harlequin romances and Mills & Boon (babes don’t tell me you didn’t go through this phase! Where did you grow up?!!).

Those heroes that make you swoon (hot in here). Reading about those fairy Scottish castles with shadows in every nooks and crannies, the Sicilian mafias on the streets of Sicily, Hollywood intrigues blowing hot and cold on the pages of every Jackie Collins books, helped shaped my desire to see the world. Some places more than others.

Not forgetting history classes too. But did they really do anything? Discourse for another day…

1. Paris Here I Come

I talked about my love for the city of Paris in day 4 of the 30 blog challenge and it is definitely gonna feature in the 5 places i would love to visit! I so much love all that i have seen, heard and read about Paris that i just can’t wait to visit the City! I hope i get to visit this year when i have the time.

Not to overflog this, head on to day Day 4 of The 30 Day Blog Challenge and find out why i love the city and what i would love to do when i get round to visiting

2. Castles Hunting in Scotland, Again

Lady in front of a castle
Drum Castle, Drumoak, Aberdeenshire

You know those Harlequin and Mills & Boons romances i talked about in the intro? I wasn’t kidding when i said they sparked my interest in wanting to see some places! I have this thing about castles (shadows in every nook and cranny hahahaha). This particular interest is in seeing castles. The British/Scottish caste system is an intriguing one.

It is not just the castles that is the lure. Again, culture and history plays a part here. I am just a sucker for those fairy tales in castles. Mi, lord, aye, mi lord.

Another of the 5 places i would love to visit, would be Scotland, so i can go castle hunting!

In December, i was hunkering for a castle hunt and i got a friend to drive me down into the deep suburbs of Aberdeen, butting heads with the cold and battling with the snow, we drove down to castle …… got stucked (we weren’t using a 4 wheel drive), just a mile from it. We weren’t daunted. I braved the cold, took some photos and then we drove to another castle, the Drum castle, near Drumoak (apparently where the castle got its name from), Aberdeenshire.

Sad thing is i couldn’t explore! I needed to catch a coach back to Glasgow and i was running outta time!  I did take more selfies again (trust the queen of selfies). The story is i would love to go castle hunting in Scotland, again. This time, i get to explore. Who knows? I might just meet some lords and ladies!

3. Sunbathing in Punta Cana

A beach front showing greenery and sun chairs
Punta Canta

I know i got you all on this one! Where the hell is Punta Cana? You want some history classes? I’ll share. Doncha worry. You all know i am good like that.

So last year, i got a freelancing gig with a  Travel Agent and my entry test was to submit an article about a trip to Punta Cana. So i researched and the beauty i beheld, so bewitched me, all i thought about (still think about) was sunbathing in many of the islands that abound in this beautiful paradise!

Punta Cana is located in the Dominican Republic, “littered” with beaches, it is where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean (picture that!). Punta Cana is not just a place for rest and relaxation, it is a golfer’s destination with 11 golf courses designed by the very best.

Do i play golf? Oh no darling. I don’t! I just want to get my lazy butt out there and do some beach bingeing. Be a beach bum for 6 months. Just sunbathe, take selfies and write to my heart’s content.

If you have some time to play on the beach, forget Bahamas. It is old news. Go see the Dominican Republic like i plan to do!

4. Visiting the Norse Gods In Norway

My life is one book. I didn’t just realize earlier, otherwise i would have continued writing! Well, no sad musings here. We are on No 4 of 5 places i would love to visit on day 5 of the 30 day blogging challenge.

So when i was in the secondary school, i had this fascination about Norway right from when i knew the capital to be Oslo. You know how you love the way some words sound when pronounced? Well, that was the fascination with Oslo. Then i read about the country and discovered that those Nordics i read about in the pages of the novels that were my succor from an early age, are actually from Norway.

The viking age in the early 11th century was characterized with the Norse gods that were and still are embedded in the rich history and culture of Norway.

Norway is one cold cold country but i have never minded the cold as long as i am kitted and padded up! The cold wouldn’t compare to meeting Odin, the overall god in the Norse gods mythology, his sons, Thor the god of thunder and war whom has been depicted in Hollywood movies over and over again, Balder (regarded as the god of light and purity), Brage (poet and musician)!

5. Disneyland Park, Orlando.

I don’t think anyone’s life story should be complete without visiting any Disneyland location. Just my opinion though. What do i know lol?

Now people visit Disneyland without knowing that it is the dream of one man who failed in movie production but kept on until the legend and character that is Mickey Mouse was born and then along with it, Disneyland. The idea for the park was born after he visited a park with both of his daughters in the early 50s. I am always in awe of the story of Walt Disney , the man behind the great idea of the Disneyland park.

The Epcot theme park is a must see for when i do visit Disneyland park at Orlando. Well, i am an engineer, so you know why that would be a must see for me…

When i think of the places, i would love to visit, it is not just the fun part i think about. I always find the stories behind those places. It is what calls to me. It is the lure.

I leave you with Walt Disney dedication at the first ever Disneyland park (originally Disneyland)  built 62 years ago at Anaheim, California and opened July 17th, 1955.

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955.

Now isn’t that inspiring enough to visit a Disneyland park?

Day 5 of the 30 day blog challenge is a wrap on the 5 places i would love to visit. Stay tuned for day 6 (and of course the whole 30 day journey) and find out what it is gonna be about.

I would love to hear about the places you would like to visit. What fascinates you about those places?

So till tomorrow, take care of you and of each other. The world needs love.

 

Jennifer Pompaski

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