Today’s question is, "You have received a free round trip flight to anywhere in the world, but you to fly somewhere you’ve never been before. Where do you go?"
You’d think this would be an easy question, but it isn’t. There are so many places I haven’t been that to choose one is difficult, but I’ve narrowed it down to two…
Everyone I know who’s been to Ireland has said, "Oh, you have to go to Ireland! It’s so beautiful and green and…" I’ve never been there, surprisingly, and I’d feel like I was letting them down if I didn’t say Ireland. I mean, it’s a natural: I’m almost 100% Irish, the Guinness brewery is in Ireland (although I don’t drink anymore), I played the bagpipes with a Scottish and Irish pipe band, I love the music (although, the Irish themselves are just as likely to like American country music as traditional music). I even listen to Galway Bay FM (an Irish pop music station) on occasion. Like I said, it’s a natural.
Nevertheless, you know where I’d really like to go?
Don’t ask me why, but a few years ago I decided that, if there was one place I wanted to see, it’d be Mongolia, mostly because no one (at least, no one in my circles) has ever said "I’m going to Mongolia for my vacation." I mean, Mongolia never crossed my mind until I was in Singapore and saw a group of students from there. What I remembered from my 4th grade geography class was that it was a landlocked and mountainous country, and that outside Ulanbaatar (Ulan Bator) most of it was a steppe ("A vast semiarid grass-covered plain, as found in southeast Europe, Siberia, and central North America," according to The Free Dictionary). A lot of the people are nomads, they raise horses there, but Ulanbaatar looks like a pretty cosmopolitan place. And I like the music, about which I wrote back in October. Something about it just calls to me.
I can think of a lot of places besides those two (to name a few: France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina etc.), but Ireland or Mongolia are the biggest draw.