22 April 2010

GTT - Travel Destinations

Warning, this list is going to be LONG.

I'll start with where I've already been:

United States (not including airport stop-overs):
-New Hampshire
-New Jersey
-New Mexico
-New York
-South Carolina

Other Countries (not including airport stop-overs):
-Chile (about four days after I found out I was pregnant, making my brother Duncan one of the first people to find out about it when I couldn't drink with him)
-Ireland (twice)
-Italy (twice)
-Lesotho (one of the only times I have willingly guzzled whiskey, in the name of getting warm (with chickens pecking at my feet (fresh off the back of a Land Rover)))
-Mexico (but pretty much only to a whorehouse in Rosarito so I don't think it counts)
-South Africa
-United Kingdom (twice) (inclusive of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, but not Wales)

WITH THAT IN MIND, Travel Dreams:
-I have a genuine desire to set my feet down in all 50 states, however I'd particularly like to explore the South, I can't believe I've never been to Oregon, there are some states I'd like to see under better circumstances (i.e. not for funerals and/or miserably awkward family reunions) and I plan on squeezing in a whole lot more Hawaii before I die).
-It'd be cool to go to Mexico for LONGER than 30 hours, and perhaps see MORE than whorehouses and a single, isolated flea market.
-At some point I'm going to HAVE to cross that Canadian border.  I particularly think I'd like Vancouver.
-Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Belize.
-I'd like to go back to Ireland, and I'd also like to revisit the UK, and there are ALL THESE PLACES in Spain I'd still like to see, and of course there are parts of Italy I still dream about.
That I've never been to:
-Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland.
-Tanzania, Zanzibar, Madagascar.
-Indonesia, India, Thailand.
-New Zealand.
-Virgin Islands.

My yellow fever vaccine* is good through 2013, so let's get crackin' on some of those countries where that piece of paper is required.

*Remind me to tell you this funny story about the time that I got my yellow fever vaccine in a hospital in KwaZulu-Natal in an effort to travel to Zanzibar.  I was currently being jabbed in the arm by the nice nurse lady whilst the German woman who was with us reassuringly cluck-clucked about the safety of South African hospitals.  And then mentioned in an offhanded sort of a way that we shouldn't worry, even though she herself had contracted Hepatitis B from a contaminated needle.  AT THIS VERY HOSPITAL.
Spoiler Alert:  I don't have HepB.
And I didn't get to go to Zanzibar.