Day 5: Five Places You Want to Visit

What?!? Just 5 places? That’s so not fair!  Oh well, let’s see…in no particular order…

1: Guggenheim Bilbao

Ever since I saw a photo of the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, I’ve wanted to see it in person.  I love visiting art galleries.  I may not always understand the art work, but I always marvel at the creativity and diversity of what artists come up with.

This art gallery specialises in artwork from the mid-20th century to the present.  Many times, that’s the hardest type of artwork to appreciate when we’re conditioned to think of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet as “true artists”.  I would love the challenge of rethinking about my assumptions about artwork by visiting this place.

2. Choeung Ek and Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Choeung Ek is better known as the “Killing Fields” where about 17,000 Cambodians were tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge.  It’s an odd place to put on this list for sure.  I truly believe that while you can read about genocide, it makes much more of an impact to see it in person.  It forces you to understand how horrifically evil the world can become if you stop being a critical thinker that is active in the world around you.

Choeung Ek

Angkor Wat

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, Angkor Wat is a 12th century temple complex that was first Hindu then later Buddhist.  It is a place dedicated to peace and contemplation.  Not only would it be absolutely amazing to do a photowalk (or two or three) there, the juxtaposition of visiting both locations in the came country would remind you of the incredible extremes in the human spirit.

3. The United Nations

There are tons of reasons I’d love to visit New York City.  The main one would be to visit the United Nations headquarters.  When I was in high school, I volunteered with UNICEF.  It developed my interest in international politics and formed my ideals about an “international community”.  I went into studying international relations at UBC because I wanted to work at the UN.  Hah!  I’m much more jaded now, but there’s still that wish to see the place I so wanted to be a part of so many years ago.

4. Maenam in Vancouver

Okay so it’s not as exotic as the rest of my list, but I love Thai food.  A friend tells me that she thinks the restaurant has bad juju from it’s previous incarnation as Gastropod.  Maybe.  I’ve looked at the menu, and it really sounds good. I usually judge a Thai restaurant by how they make Pad Thai and roti.  I’ll have to find someone to come with me and check it out in the near future.

5. Tunisia

I know a few people who have been to Tunisia.  Their stories make me want to go see it for myself.  The desert sands, the beautiful carpets, the fascinating architecture…it would be like the ultimate photowalk!  One day, I have to take a vacation that doesn’t involve any work whatsoever – just relax and do what I want when I want.  Oh, I can so dream of that.

NOTE: Since I haven’t been to any of these places, none of the photos belong to me.  I pulled them off the internet, and if you click on the photo, it’ll bring you to websites about the different places I talk about.

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1 Response to “Day 5: Five Places You Want to Visit”

  1. 2012/02/05 at 5:04 am

    I have been to Cambodia too! And I’d like to go back

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