Just imagine your away, in a foreign city, you take a single step around a corner and see the most incredible site that yours eyes have only dreamed about. That in a nutshell is travel. It may not happen on every trip, but it happens. Once it does, it becomes a bit like gambling. You hit the jackpot with that single quarter, and you spend the rest of your gambling career looking for that chill you felt from your heart to the tingling of your spine.
Personally I have had many of those, and now I am a travel junky.
I had the opportunity to go to Australia. In just three hours after landing in Brisbane we went to a Koala sanctuary called Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, in Fig Pocket, Queensland, AU. I had wanted to come to Australia since grade three when a visitor came to Central School. She was visiting from Australia, and wanted to tell us all about her home downunder. The only thing I took away from the story was, she had never seen snow, “oh really, really?” was my shocked surprise. The other thing was Koala Bears, she had pictures, and I must confess I was smitten.
It took a long time but, this exhausted Canadian arrived in Fig Pocket Australia, and met her first true love. I got to hold her face to face. There is nothing like having a real Koala put there long clawed paws on both your shoulders and look you dead in the eye, just inches from your face. Had someone said, “ok that’s it, back on the aircraft your going home” I would have been fine. A decades old dream had come true.
Many folks ask me, where would I go? What is on my bucket list. Well let me tell ya!
Top of the list would be China, not to see the Great wall, or the Forbidden city, although
I wouldn’t turn my nose up at those historic structures. It would be a flight to Chengdu.
to see the Pandas. Within hours I would be able to volunteer to hold and feed, and maybe do exercise play with these wonderful creatures. Wow.
Just to name a few more…
Churchill Manitoba. To ride the Tundra buggy, freeze the tip of my nose off, and of course to get up close and personal with the Polar bear in it’s natural habitat..Nuff said. We can all picture it..white, white, white everywhere!
Argentina, with a pair of snappy shoes, a tall dark stranger- willing to teach me to Tango. I ask where else? Oh and a rose, I forgot the rose…..
The Antarctica holds special interest, I sure hope to get there before they prevent tourists from getting off the boat. Yes folks it’s all about the Penguin on this journey apparently they walk right up to you, check you out, let you know your just not that special and move on. My idea of fun!
I don’t only want to go to cold places, there is a special place in Uganda. You fly into Entebbe or Kampala. Your guides pick you up at your hotel and you make your way into a rainforest that is 25,000 years old to meet a Silverback gorilla and his family. You might trek for up to 8 hours, and only spend 1 hour with the Gorillas, but it will be a lifetime of thrill to remember it.
I want to return to India. I want to once again feel sunrise on my face as I see the sunrise on the Ganges. I want to here the tinkling of bells and watch a family pay homage to their family member. I want a garland around my neck that smells sweeter than any rose, as a women in a Saffron sari comes into view. I want my eyes to feast on every part of India, from the bottom of India to the North, across to the east with my destination crossing into Nepal, over to Kathmandu with the grand finish in Bhutan…
Just imagine what I will see in my next step?Tags: Central School, China, Churchill Manitoba, family, Fig Pocket Australia, home, India, Koala Bears, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary