So today I’m going to make a list of the places I’ve always dreamed of going to or things that just interest me so much that I must experience it first hand. My top 5 list of places I’d love to visit.
I’ve been into Japan since middle school. I’ll admit it, I’m a huge Dragonball Z fan. I used to be really into all kinds of anime as well (don’t worry, I learned my lesson), I used to poor over books about the Tokugawa era and play video games based on the feudal wars, I’ve read an awful lot of manga, ninja’s rock, samurai are bad ass, I want to put Pokemon in captivity and have them fight, and lets be honest, I’d be a pretty good sumo wrestler. It’s just been a place that’s been on my mind for sometime.
So my goal is to go over there with a friend or two for a few weeks and see what comes my way. I promise to avoid the scarier, more perverted parts of the country and promise to go to all the cool things possible. With any luck I can become a Power Ranger or get my very own pet giant robot.
4. The Winchester Mystery Mansion
The most interesting part of all this is that she designed it all. Every single thing was from her. Every stair case has 13 steps. Every chandelier has 13 candles/lights. Stairways that lead to the ceiling. Doors that open to walls or above rooms (as in they drop down). There’re multiple ballrooms and kitchens. All in all the place is over 160 rooms and 3 stories. It used to be bigger too. It was 7 stories until an earthquake fixed that problem.
So of all the places on my list this is the one that’s easiest for me to get to because it’s in San Jose. I’ve really wanted to do a trip down there and take a look at all the crazy stuff, but every summer I’ve been broke. My goal is to do a San Diego Comicon/Winchester Mystery Mansion trip in August, so if anyone wants to go let me know. The more people the cheaper it’ll be.
3. Uluru and Kata Tjuta
In all seriousness though it sounds like the people there are pretty cool. They have a very liberal society, great healthcare, and some of the happiest people on the earth, all without having to step on another country or pissing the world off. But I think the coolest thing there is Uluru and Kata Tjura. They’re places of spiritual significance to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people and there are many places there that they believe should not be photographed. They also don’t want people to walk or climb on them but the Australian Board of Tourism did away with that silly rule a long time ago (that’s sarcasm).
Some people are awestruck by the Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls, but give me a big brownish rock in the middle of nowhere any day over that other crap. Just look at it, it’s just beautiful. So many people have told me about the calm power you get from places like this. I’m not a very spiritual person and maybe that’s why I want to go. Maybe to try to feel what so many people are talking about.
2. The San Diego Comicon
That’s right, there’re multiple reasons for me to go. You see, it’s not only comic books anymore. While that’s still the main attraction, many other things have moved there way in. Movies and video games have now made a nice little home there with the success of so many comic movies and games. So it’s basically three conventions in one where you have the opportunity to meet so many creators. I’ve been to a few local comic conventions and they tend to be sad and boring. I want one with some freaking balls.
So again I plead. Anyone wanting to take a trip to Comicon and the Winchester Mystery Mansion hit me up and let’s set a freaking date. If I can get 3 other people we should be able to make it pretty cheap if we all pitch in on gas and rooms. Help make a dream come true people. I promise I won’t wear a costume.
1. United Kingdom
For some reason when I look at pictures of the UK it just feels like home. It’s like I’m supposed to go there. And it’s not just England, but Scotland, Wales, and Ireland too. Everything just screams to me that I need to go there. I grew up just thinking I had some Dutch in me but I recently found out that I’m also Welsh and Scottish, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I’ve always loved every story from there. Robin Hood, King Arthur, William Wallace, Robert The Bruce, etc. Sure, some of those are fiction but the mythology there is so rich. I want to see Stonehenge, Big Ben, every freaking castle, Loch Ness, Tolkien’s house, the Robin Hood tour, everything. I honestly think I want to spend a month there and just spend a day at everything. Really take it in.
If I ever get one of those wife things this is definitely where I would want to go for our honeymoon. I just can’t think of anything more romantic then the lush country side or as exciting as touring a whole bunch of castles. It’s a land of great history…and mystery (spooky). So Mrs. Right, if you’re out there let me know.
So that’s my top 5 places I’d love to visit. Let me hear yours. Join me next week for my top 5 favorite video games.
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