I’ve reached the fifth day of the challenge. One where I talk about 6 places. It’s a very broad topic in my opinion. 6 places I eat? 6 places I visit? 6 places I’ve lived in? 6 places I want to visit? Who knows? I thought I’d probably do it this way: three places I’ve lived in and three places I really want to visit before I die. We’ll start with 3 places I’ve lived in:
1. Bombay: I was born here and lived here on and off till the age of 5 (read: for my two years of kindergarten). Then moved away with the family to the next place on the list for 5 years. Then came back to Bombay for good for about 10 years. Honestly, if there was any place in India I had to choose to live, it would be Bombay. Not that I’ve lived anywhere else or visited much for that matter (I only visited Chennai when I was 12 and longed to go back to Bombay…) Bombay to me represented freedom and variety. I loved travelling all the way to V.T. to go to college for 5 of those 10 years. It was the best experience ever in that I became so much more independent. Bombay may be crowded to the max but it is a city of dreams. And while I have always complained about the pollution and the dirt while living there, I still loved the city. And by the way, I stlil refuse to call it Mumbai (unless I’m booking tickets, of course).
2. Salalah: My family and I moved to Salalah when I was about 5 and started Year 1 there. I loved Salalah for the beaches! Brilliant beaches. I think that’s where I developed my first love for the water. That is also where I first learnt to swim following a traumatic episode with the swimming instructor. My school years were great and I had heaps of fun playing football and the odd cricket game and most importantly, riding my bike. I am in touch with a couple of friends from back then. I have good memories of Salalah and I’m glad it was part of my life. I was extremely sad to leave but so many things wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t left.
3. Sydney: My home for the last 6 years. I love Sydney. I remember though when I first got here I was shocked at the lack of people. After all, this was supposed to be a city. And yet, it was nowhere near as hustling and bustling as Bombay. The actual city centre seemed great. And I longed to live there instead of the suburbs. But as the years have gone by, I realise just how much I love the space and the suburbs. I love not having people literally in my face personal space. I love that I can wear whatever I want and no one judges me. I love the beaches and the greenery and everything nature has to offer in this beautiful city. I love the laidback lifestyle that people continue to have despite it being a major city. And only in the main city centre do you see the obvious stress. I love how random strangers will smile at you on the suburban streets and ask how you are going. I love the smell of the fresh air. It is my home. I haven’t visited other major cities in Australia and while I know Melbourne defeats Sydney when it comes to night life, I’m quite happy with Sydney. I also think we have the best weather here. Winters get cold but not crazy cold like Canberra or Melbourne. Summers get hot but not as humid as Brissy. There’s so much I can continue to say about Sydney, but regulars will already know my love for the place…
Moving on to 3 places I want to visit:
4. Rest of Australia: I want to visit Tasmania, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Western Australia, Cairns, the Great Barrier reef, Adelaide, the Northern Territory. I often wonder why Australians prefer going overseas when our country has so much to offer. There is so much beauty everywhere. I’ve only visited other places in NSW (Port Macquarie, Forster, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Wollongong) and one place in Queensland (Hervey Bay) and these have all been fanstastic places in their own right. But I long to visit more. I’m hoping to go down the NSW South coast next summer (if money permits) and Melbourne to visit a friend next year (again, finances permitting) but visiting all of Australia would be a dream come true. I certainly hope to be able to do bit by bit in my lifetime.
|Great Barrier Reef|
5. New Zealand: Our Trans-Tasman cousins. I know the jokes about our Kiwi friends is how there are more sheep than people. But honestly, what I see of New Zealand on the telly is nothing short of beauty. Be it summer or winter, NZ appears to have great things on offer. And one of the things I definitely want to do when I go there is bungee jump. I have had different recommendations from different people in terms of whether to visit the North Island or the South Island but ideally, I would like to do it all. Embrace nature. Ski. Bungee jump. Swim. All of it.
6. Greece: This has been a very recent addition to my list of places. I think ancient Greek history is fascinating and I remember loving learning about it in Year 9. Add the beaches and the beautiful Greek Islands to the mix and you’ve got yourself a wonderful holiday! I would love to explore this country — the food, the historic monuments, the islands, the beaches…all of it. Particularly in the summer, Greece would be a lovely place to visit. I have a friend returning from a Europe trip this week so it will be interesting to hear her views on Greece too.
There are some other places too I would like to visit including Kashmir, The Himalayas, Simla (in India), Ireland, Canada and South Africa. But I doubt I’ll ever make enough money in my life time to visit all these places. Honestly, I’ll be perfectly happy if I visit all of Australia.
So what are some places you would like to visit? Or any places that you have visited that have left a lasting impression? Do share…
Until next time,