Bucket List

Tjörnin, Iceland

“Now that the geese and swans of Tjörnin are all in the one unfrozen corner of the pond, it makes feeding them even more fun than in the summer. Even better though, is grabbing a Kleina and a coffee, sitting on a bench in a rare ray of sunlight, and watching the parents bring their kids to feed the birds.” – Hannah Ezra


Photo courtesy of Andreas Tille via Wikipedia Commons

Luang Prabang, Laos

“We flew into Laos from Chiang Mai, and I have never seen a more magnificent approach to a place than the flight to Luang Prabang. We flew over a wild, verdant geography of insanely configured, jungle-dense mountain…Then, quite suddenly, we were there – in this tiny, glittering, peninsular city in the middle of the jungle, embraced by the scary curves of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers…Luang Prabang is the spiritual center of Laos…” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Other Reading: World Heritage List: Town of Luang Prabang

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan

“Senbon Torii is a massive, 4-kilometer tunnel made of thousands of red torii gates. They are part of Fushimi Inari Taisha, a shrine dedicated to the god of rice and prosperity…It took a couple hours, but we made it to the summit. As each gate represents a threshold into a new world, each step felt like an adventure. Anwell made sure we enjoyed the journey–by stopping for every bug he found.” – Christine Tyler


Photo courtesy of Rtype909 via Wikipedia Commons

Le Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France

“And in his works we walked, along the edge of a pond dotted with lily pads. We – and the countless others with us – managed to tread without trampling the delicate reeds, and could peek beneath the trees without needing to bend over. I read that Monet created this world to bring a bit of tranquility to Parisians. Just outside was the city, noisy with traffic and the incessant hum of people carrying out a thousand different tasks.” – The Everywhereist


Photo courtesy dalbera via Wikipedia Commons

Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

One of the grandest Mahayana Buddhist temples and the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, respectively, tell the stories of the fascinating shifts between religion in Indonesia and the ways of life for some of the oldest civilizations.

Photo courtesy Jimmy McIntyre via Wikipedia Commons

Photo courtesy Jimmy McIntyre via Wikipedia Commons

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