When I read that the folks over at Transun were running a blog competition with first prize being a trip to see the Northern Lights I figured I may as well throw my hat in the ring. I like sparkly stuff, bright colours and the night sky as much as the next Macbook owner. The point of the game is to list your three ‘bucket list’ travel destinations. As my travel partner is most often my husband Mark, a man who has travelled much more extensively than I have, I decided to list the three places we would most like to go together. As we share the same bank account travel compromise is very much a necessity. One day we shall get our lives sorted out and nuke this travel list, but for now I’ll just have to do some blog based daydreaming.
1. Mark’s pic: Reykjavik, Iceland
We’re both eager to visit Iceland, but Mark especially. You may be wondering why. For the hot pools? The landscape? The penis museum? No. Mark wants to go because that’s where the 1972 World Championship Chess match featuring Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky was held. Apparently this struck a chord with him, and opened a hole in his soul that can now only be filled by strolling along streets that may or may not have once contained people who were really, really good at chess. I on the other hand am rather more interested in the phallological museum, but there you go.
2. My pick: Venice, Italy
I want to go to Venice. Mark on the other hand has already been to Venice, numerous times. But I still need to go. Mark’s told me how overpriced it is, how he was once almost charged for listening to live music from a nearby restaurant as he wandered through Piazza San Marco. In case you’re wondering, there’s no discount for being called Mark when wandering through St Mark’s Square. He asked. Then there are the mosquitoes. Mark was eaten alive by the feckers. My mother was eaten alive by the feckers when she went. Her reaction was so bad she swelled up to twice her normal size and needed to be taken to hospital. Yet still I want to go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost booked a trip, only to have it ruined by some bill or unforeseen bank account draining incident appearing moments before doing all the final clicking on the booking site. Sigh. I think this obsession probably all stems from too many afternoons playing Tomb Raider 2 in my youth, but I have to see those canals!
3. We both pick: Havana, Cuba
It seems that everyone I know has been to Havana, Cuba and they all say the same thing to us: go and go now, before it changes and loses its character. We did actually almost go, many, many moons ago. (Notice a pattern here?) However, it’s a tricky little place to get to, so we had to abandon that idea. But we both still yearn to go there, drink rum, smile at cigars even though we’re both non smokers and skulk around the bars where Hemingway used to hang out. We may even enjoy some sunshine!
So there you have it. My couple travel bucket list. I’ve never been good at spontaneity so I really should start planning these jaunts now. In fact, I’m totally going to do that. As soon as I watch three cat videos.