I grew up moving around a lot. I’ve written about that before. There were a great many privileges to this childhood, and one of them is that we traveled. Hilary and I wrote our names on the Berlin Wall, saw more cathedrals than I can count, and visited far-flung corners of the United Kingdom like Northern Ireland and the Isle of Jersey. There are still a lot of places that I want to go, though. There are also places that I have been but want to go with Grace and Whit, because I want them to experience them or because they were important spots for me (London, where Matt and I both lived for periods of time [separately], is near the top of this second list).
I’ve written before about my deep desire that Grace and Whit see the world. Whatever I can do to help with that, I will. By traveling and seeing the grand sweep of this planet, I believe we understand both the enormity that we’re a part of and the tiny place we have in it. We learn, both literally and figuratively, that ours is not the only language in this world.
Years ago, at a birthday dinner, the man of honor asked people to go around the table and say the one place they hadn’t been and really wanted to go. It was a great question for a group, and I’m curious how you would answer, too. What’s the one place you are most eager to travel to? My list is below. #1 is what I answered at that birthday dinner, and it’s still #1 today.
Where do you want to go?
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