I’m been grounded for the last 2 months without any travel (thanks to my job change and few other personal reasons). All I can do/doing is following a fellow travellers’ stories of their recent escapades and keep thinking about my travel bucket list. Here are five places which stand out from my long bucket list for the reasons they got added to my list (in reverse chronological order) –
5. Pitcairn Islands: While Wiki-hopping one day, I stumbled on these group of four islands, officially named the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands. Pitcairn Islands intrigued me for multiple reasons – remoteness of the location (nearest land masses are over 2250 kms away – New Zealand), history (home of the mutineers from HMS Bounty over 200 years ago), accessible only by boat and one get to meet/talk to everyone in the whole island (there are less than 70 inhabitants). Who would say no for an opportunity to spend time in a remote island with very few people to disturb and just blue sea for thousands of miles around.
4. Kokoda Trail: An year ago I got hold of a book by Rob Lilwall, ‘Cycling Home from Siberia’ – an epic journey cycling close to 50,000 KMs in three years covering half of the world. His journey started from the icy cold Siberia (as the title indicates) via Japan, China, almost all of the South East Asian countries and then to Australia via Papua New Guinea. From there back to his home England traversing through India, South Asian countries, Europe. His journey inÂ Papua New Guinea caught my eye where he took the Kokoda trial which is known for being the location of the second World War battle between the forces of Japan and Australia. The 96KMs single-file foot trail has become an annual endurance running race. I hope to walk along that path one day.
3. Machu Picchu, Peru: Though I had read and heard about the Inca Empire & civilization couple of times, it never fascinated or attracted me. That was till I read the book ‘Peruvina pavitra kaniveyalli’ (Title translates to ‘In the holy valley of Peru’ – ಪೆರುವಿನ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಕಣಿವೆಯಲ್ಲಿ) – a travelogue in Kannada by renowned author Nemichandra. The author’s narration of the beautiful country took me to a different world and that’s when the Inca trail got added to my list. (Probably I’ll re-read the book now that I’ve nothing much planned to travel.)
2. Antwerp: This is an odd one in the list. The very first project I worked in my carrier was for a Belgian client. And as part of task we had to enter a valid address in to the application we were testing. We were given a dummy address with a valid postcode of Antwerp. After using that address for more than two years, it started feeling as if it’s an address of a friend or someone. Till date all I know about Antwerp is that, it is a small city in Belgium. And I don’t have a clue about place except its name. I’ve decided to keep that way until I the day I start towards Antwerp – a little surprise stashed away.
1. Gabbar’s Ramanagara: A surprising entry from the list and no prizes why it got added. Probably this is the oldest entry in the list going back close to 20 years. Being so close to Bangalore and passing through the town countless number of times, I’m yet to explore those rocky hills where Gabbar walked around once. Every time I travel to Mysore, I make a promise to myself to visit Ramanagara next time for sure and that promise is being renewed for a long time now, recent one being just 2 months ago. Here is a new promise to myself not to renew the old promise 🙂
And for the time being I’ll go back to reading and dreaming!