The latest challenge from WordPress have me thinking to “Describe your dream vacation.” With a, “Bonus: describe your last vacation. (extra-bonus, is to compare your dream vacation to your last one).”
Just being over the twenty mark in my life and not from the family who would often jet off to what would be called a “vacation” I can’t say I ever enjoyed one. One thing for sure, I’ve had some pretty darn good Summer and other holidays, I would get when school was out. Summer in the tropics, especially the Caribbean and more so Jamaica, are absolutely heaven sent; its would US and other HipHop and R&B Singer yearn for in their songs. Before I offend my readers currently experiencing Winter let’s get to my dream vacation.
I’ve always been drawn to Europe and the East, especially the East. Just talking about it brings a sort of soothing to my spirit. I would often sit and listen stories of persons who had the opportunities of visiting either. At a dinner in honour of recipients of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence, which I got for Journalism, with then PM, P. J. Patterson, I had the pleasure of talking and questioning then Education & Youth Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson about her studies in Europe and loved it. I felt the love she had for her experience and wanted to experience said. At that moment I bragged that I wanted to be like one of her Academics awardee at the dinner Sabrena McDonald, who I developed close ties with, to be the first Male, Second Jamaican and Caribbean first to gain a Msc. in Criminology & Criminology Justice from Oxford University and use the time to explore Europe like the then Minister.
While I’ve change my mind somewhat of the Masters programme I want to do, the exploration side have not changed one bit. In fact I have been lucky enough to find a Masters programme in my interest area that spans three countries in three different continent that I’m aiming to get in.
My perfect vacation will be two years, with me spending three months each on ALL 8 continents. Yeah I know it sounds much, but I wanna experience the world and what better way to do it than dedicating three months each to explore the gems of each continent. There are however a few places that are a must see/go especially Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South and Central America. In Europe I want to travel to France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Holland and Belgium.
While in Italy I want to fulfil a 2004 Christmas Wish I have of wanting to spend the jolly season in Portofino at Hotel Splendido; in Spain I want to visit and have dinner overlooking the Muelle de las Carabelas (Harbour of the Caravels), which is a waterfront exhibition with life-size replicas built for the 500th anniversary celebrations in 1992 with Columbus’s three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María. Of course being a student of history I would want to enjoy a trip to the museum around the Muelle de las Carabelas that is armed with details of Columbus’s life etc and have coffee at the nearby café.
In Africa I would visit Egypt for observe all there, including the pyramids. It would be good to stop in for a meet and greet with Nelson Mandela, see Johannesburg, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe. I would also like to visit Dakar, Senegal chat up and spend time with my Twitter friend Yasmine (@spyasamy). Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India, China, Japan, Pakistan, and Belize are all interesting places I would have to visit. Spring Break in Mexico with all ’em hot college and University babes is a definitely, not to mention experience the beauties of Brazil in carnival, with the paint-on carnival costumes.
Of course I’ll ended my two-year vacation in the Caribbean Island hopping.
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