Haiti was on my travel bucket list for years. So were Morocco and Ethiopia. And if you had told me last October that by the end of 2013 I would have been to all of those places…I wouldn’t have believed you.
Just for fun, here is my remaining travel bucket list, subject to change. Anything can happen!
*West Africa, particularly Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, to visit friends and attach faces and concrete undertakings to the names and projects I’ve done a load of abstract research on. Also Mali, for the music.
*DR Congo, for much the same reasons, and because Paul would send goons to kill me if I didn’t. 🙂
*Romania, to look at amazing socialist realist architecture, listen to a beautiful language, meet beautiful women and hang out with Roma Gypsies…but mostly to visit Teodora, my friend from Louvain-la-Neuve!
*Poland, to bring my minor in Eastern European Studies to life, see the WWII and Communist sites and visit the country that gave us the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Joseph Conrad, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Lech Walesa, Marie Curie, Pope John Paul…a lot of interesting people have come from Poland now that I think about it.
*Belgrade. I’ve been everywhere worth visiting in the Balkans…except for Belgrade.
*Greece. For the food, the climate and the music, but also because the financial crisis, the migration crisis and the rise of left- and right-wing extremist movements have made it more and more of a world news hotspot. (Here, for example, for the French speakers, is a piece I did for Le Monde Bouge about Golden Dawn and the current Greek neo-fascist movement; my segment is approximately 28 minutes in.) If I had a month to kill, I would love to go over land from Poland to Greece via Bucharest and Belgrade, maybe stop in Kosovo on the way or go back to Albania again…*sigh*
*Ireland. For the music, the landscapes, the accents, the beer, mostly because two of my very well-travelled Laval colleagues have been there and loved it. Ireland is also on Mom’s travel bucket list, so out of all these it’s the most likely to happen in the short term.
*North Korea. To complete the “Why would you ever want to go there?” trifecta along with Belarus (April 2009) and Albania (April 2012). No, I’m kidding. But it is a country you hear a lot of nonsense about (cf. the “fed to the dogs” hoax), and I want to at least attempt to see the reality behind the headlines.
Comments? Recommendations? Travel bucket lists of your own? Please readers, don’t be shy!