I think my desire to go to Rome began whilst watching the classic motion picture, Roman Holiday. As a teenage boy enamoured with the beautiful woman on-screen, perhaps I believed if I visited the Italian capital I too would meet someone as magnificent as Audrey Hepburn.
But when I think about it more, I’ve had an on again/off again romance with this city since my primary school days studying Roman history, art and the Empire.
It has always been one of my bigger regrets that I didn’t skip across the continent to this country when I was living in the UK, but like most things in life, other aspects (i.e. mental health and anxiety) took priority and it was only after I arrived in Australia did I glance back in hindsight.
I still live in hope that one day I will get to visit this fair city…and if I were being honest, still live in hope I will meet my Audrey Hepburn one day.
What? I’m a homeless romantic :)
My desire to visit Antarctica stretches as far back as I can remember. For most of my life I’ve thought of this land as the closest on the planet to a mythical landscape; completely alien to any other part of the world (with the sole exception of the Arctic, obviously!)
It would be the culmination of a lifelong dream to catch a boat to this continent (so I can experience the sense of scale and distance that a plane wouldn’t provide) and spend a few weeks exploring and photographing this spectacular place.
Although I regret none of my Canadian odyssey, I do wish I’d been able to find the time (and money) to travel to both Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland. For as long as I’ve been studying the Highland Clearances I’ve wished to visit these places. Writers such as Alistair McLeod, Robert Finch, Ann-Marie MacDonald and Annie Proulx only increased my craving for these hauntingly beautiful locations.
Machu Picchu, and other Incan and Mayan locations throughout Central and South America (including Chichen Itza and Coricancha), have long been on my list of places to visit in this world. In 2008 I watched a fascinating documentary film about the caves of the Peruvian tablelands that only reinforced my desire to visit these countries and landmarks.
What’s long been a source of frustration to me is that an opportunity arose that could have seen me visit these lands, but the disintegration of my relationships and friendships, as well as the breakdown and loss I suffered in 2007, rendered it impossible.
As with all other places on this list I still hold onto the hope that one day I will have the opportunity to visit these places, but right now it’s becoming harder to harder to hold onto this hope….but cling to it I do!
Tomorrow: 3 Letters to three different people…