Another week of answering the Indie30 writing prompts from the BootsnAll site. The prompts this week seemed harder than the previous prompts, perhaps because last week they focused on past experiences, and this week was focused on future experiences (also, a poem…that’s tough!). There are so many places I want to see that it’s hard to narrow it down to a few choices. I also somehow missed a few prompts from last week, so I’m adding them to this post.
Day 13: If you could wake up tomorrow knowing any one language (one you don’t already know), what would it be and why?
If anything, I would love to wake up and have a babel fish, a la The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (explained in this handy video):
Having the ability to at least know what people are saying would be incredible! That would have come in handy in Japan, especially. But, barring that handy little organism, if I could wake up tomorrow and know just one language, I’d probably say Spanish. Right now I know enough to know that I can’t communicate very well with it (as I found out in Honduras), and there are many Spanish-speaking countries I’d like to visit.
Day 14: Write us a poem about a travel experience.
My dream would be to grab a pack
and hit the road without looking back.
With a loved one by my side
we’ll give up on the old nine-to-five.
We’ll take our time and not make plans,
and figure things out wherever we land.
We’ll have an adventure and who’s to say
that we can’t live our lives this way?
Day 15: If you could pick any country in Asia to go to, which one would you pick and why?
This is a tough one because there are so many countries in Asia I’d love to visit, especially after having visited only a few on our last trip. We really loved Thailand, and plan to go back, but another place I’d really love to visit is Tibet. Partially for the myth surrounding the region, for my admiration for the Dalai Lama, and to see the unique landscape the highest country in the world has.
Day 16: What city in Europe would you like to visit the most?
We visited so many amazing cities on our last trip, but one city I haven’t been to and would most like to visit is Lisbon, Portugal. I’ve heard so many great things about the city and can’t wait to make it there someday.
Day 17: Roadside attractions, national parks, or big cities? What’s your favorite part of traveling in the USA?
Having done two big road trips in the last few years – one from New York to Chicago, then Chicago to San Francisco, and most recently from Minneapolis to Portland, I’d have to say my favorite part of traveling the USA is the diversity in landscape. With the allure of world travel, sometimes it’s easy to forget how many amazing things we have in our own country – from big cities, to monuments and memorials, to national parks, and to the beauty of the land itself. I’m excited to be living in the Pacific Northwest now and exploring a part of the country I haven’t spent a lot of time in.
Day 18: What one thing, when you see photos of it, make you just want to just pack your bags and go?
Every travel magazine ever. I guess that’s more than one thing, but beautiful images of places anywhere make me realize how much I have left to explore on this planet and make me want to pack my bags and head to the nearest airport.
Day 19: Have you ever been to South America? What stands out?
No, I have never been to South America, although it was originally in our plans to visit during our 10-month trip. We realized about halfway in that it would be better to save both South America and Africa for other trips where we could give them both the time they deserve. My dream place to go in South America, though, is Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
Hope this post gets you thinking about the places you’d like to visit! How would you answer these questions?