Since I’m from the United States and have lived in Finland for other five years, I’ve been asked “What other country do you want to visit?” In all reality, I would go just about anywhere given the excuse. If money were no object, I would be traveling pretty constantly. It’s all about food and museums. To answer the question, though, I’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 on my bucket list.
The Czech Republic heads the list, because I’ve wanted to visit Prague for a long time. It’s a beautiful old city, filled with wondrous architecture. There is a castle, and cathedrals, and all manner of historic sites. If you know anything at all about Prague, you understand the romance of wanting to go there.
Austria is next on my list, specifically Vienna. There are over 100 museums, palaces, churches, and a zoo. I know that it’s a touristy thing to do, but I want to spend a day at the Schönbrunn Palace Garden. The Vienna Botanic Garden is also on the must-see list. Other people would want to explore the musical history and go to the opera. I want to walk around outside and look at the landscaping.
We have made a number of friends from South Korea, who come to Finland to study. That’s helped us to cultivate an appreciation for the culture, and a taste for Korean food. Whether we went to visit friends or to just look around on our own, Katie and I would have fun. It’s a case of not knowing what I don’t know, which means I would learn a ton just by being there.
Thailand is on my list for a few reasons. It’s a popular vacation spot with Finns, and there’s a fairly large Thai expat community here in Jyväskylä. I have learned to love Thai food since moving here. I would want to get out of Bangkok and go north, to where the Buddhist forest monasteries are. Once again, I don’t know what I don’t know, so a trip would be a chance to learn.
Last on the top 5 list is Singapore. As with Korea, we have a lot of friends that came to Finland to study. A few have settled here. I’ve heard the good and the bad, with biases in both direction, but it still sounds like a fascinating place. Where I want to see Prague and Vienna for their history, I would like to visit Singapore for its modernity.
What Country Do You Want to Visit?
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