Recently I’ve been thinking about the limitations of staying in one place all of the time, for a creative person this would totally limit the capacity for inspiration and new ideas. If you wake up everyday and do exactly the same thing, are you really ever going to break that pattern, or will it become a comfortable habit?
Recently I moved from my home town to somewhere I really dislike, I promised myself I’d go back to my home town when I could and move my life back there. Recently though, I’ve been thinking about giving myself the opportunity to try new things and see new places and I think that if I was with someone that was home to me, then I would be okay to be anywhere. Which also got me thinking about where I would go if I truly could go anywhere, so here’s my list:
This photo is of the Fushimi-inari-taisha Shrine, I first saw this Shrine in one of my favourite films, Memoirs of a Geisha, and immediately knew that I wanted to go there. This shrine consists of thousands of vermillion torii gates, which are the orange and black structure you can see in the picture. The torii gates are behind the main buildings of the shrine and lead to the forest of a sacred mountain. That’s just one shrine and look how much there is to see there! Japan is full of beautiful places that let its culture shine through, I desperately want to see these hidden places that are immersed in the heart of the country. I think that modernised Japan would be really interesting to see, but mostly it is the older parts of the country I would love to witness. I don’t think I’ll be content in my wish until I really explore the country for myself, but for now at least this is somewhere we can see through TV/film/literature.
Italy, or more specifically Rome, has been on my list for a long time now. It’s an easy place for me to get to from the UK and it seems like there’s so much to see there. I’ve seen this country portrayed in various films and books, but the one that sticks with me is Eat, Pray, Love, where the main character spends some time in Italy to enjoy the food she eats and a more relaxed environment. Whilst it’s not far away, it looks like a very different environment and feel to be in Italy, perhaps a more relaxed one if you know you’re way around and how to act. Any country that has maintained parts of its history so well too, must be worth visiting, I want to step inside the Colosseum where gladiatorial contests were once held. This beautiful building is thousands of years old and once held fifty to eighty thousand spectators, and it’s still standing, now that’s worth a visit!
3) Greek Islands
When I was around 10 we studied Greek Mythology and I found it fascinating, I immediately wanted to know all there was to know about the Gods and their power. This led me to an interest in visiting the Greek Islands and it’s been on my list for quite a while since then. I’d like to visit the remains of the ancient world that created the one we live in today. But I would also like to go to see places like Delos (a common place for many reasons that these deities were worshiped) and Mount Ida (where it is believed that there is a cave in which Zeus spent the first years of his life), to learn more about the legends of the Greek Gods. Both of these places are significant in the story of the Gods and to learn about these stories whilst in the places they happened, would be amazing!
I studied Vietnam during my history GCSE and found the whole subject of the Vietnam War very interesting. The cultural differences between the two sides completely affected the way the fighting took place and of course this was also influenced by the environment. I’ve been told that about parts of Vietnam the Củ Chi tunnels are still around to be viewed, in which the Vietcong were able to base their operations. Due to the tiny size of these tunnels, the American troops were generally unable to fit, with the amount of kit they carried, whereas the Vietcong with their Guerrilla warfare tactics and light weaponry were able to fit much easier. Today these tunnels have been expanded to accommodate for the size of tourists, but I’d still be really interested to see. Also the country itself it’s beautiful and vast with stunning scenery that I don’t think I’ve seen anything like.
5) New Zealand
Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you, the home of Lord of the Rings! This beautiful country is on my list for different reasons to the above choices, obviously this country is stunningly beautiful and that’s definitely a reason I would like to visit. But New Zealand was the set for one of my favourite film series, I would love to visit the spots they made the movies in, especially The Shire where I believe the hobbit holes are still in place. On top of hosting some of my favourite films, this country also links to my favourite mammal too, it is one of the best places to go whale watching. I find whales fascinating, their size baffles me and I would love to see one in the flesh and celebrate the life of these simply brilliant creatures.