Eugene Cho

at the end of the world

I am so envious. Even as I write this entry, this couple is traveling to the ends of the earth.  But tomorrow, I get to go to…Tacoma, Washington.  Holla.

In light of yesterday’s intense post and conversation, here’s a simple question and hopefully, many folks, including the “quiet” blog readers will chime in: 

If you could travel to any TWO places in the world, where would you go.  [And sorry for this late edit]…a short sentence to explain “Why.”

Be specific and remember, only two places.  Why two?  Because it’ll make you think.

The picture above:  Patagonia [Chile].

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30 Responses

  1. Randall says:

    England
    Japan
    (does it have to be places in the world? because I’d love to see Mars)

  2. sholander says:

    Iceland
    New Zealand
    (two is really hard: especially in South Georgia during pollen season…)

  3. jason says:

    Brand new to this blog, good read, though i tend to stay away from heavily commented comment section…just too much for me to sift through…I do have some thoughts…maybe I should just send them through email…sure you get enough of those eh?…I would go first to scotland…second I would go to Alaska

  4. Janet says:

    Let me think here. Picking just two is really really tough.

    New Zealand
    Kenya

  5. Tyler says:

    bora bora and western europe.

  6. Brad says:

    Greece and Israel.

    This is too easy… a trick question, maybe?

  7. Kacie says:

    Indonesia (because it’s home but I never get to go there, and I never tire of it)
    Switzerland (lifelong dream… the Alps… European culture…. *sigh*)

  8. Dan W says:

    Australia
    Ireland

    But, alas, I too get to travel across the bridge to lovely Tacoma tomorrow. Ah, well. At least the company will be good.

  9. Rachael says:

    Chile
    Jerusalem

  10. Ben says:

    Kŭmgangsan mtns – North Korea

    Jerusalem – Israel

  11. leahklug says:

    mae sot, thailand
    cape town, south africa

  12. Capt Ralph says:

    Be careful what you wish for: Marilyn and I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 5 years in the 1970s. A local radio station had a prize for a contest – anywhere Alaska Airlines flew. The excited winner immediately shouted “Fairbanks!” heheheh

  13. Teresa says:

    Alaska ’cause my husband’s going to be there. Thailand because a lot of people I love and work with are there.

  14. eugenecho says:

    No trick questions here.

    Every couple weeks, I’d like to host an entry like this because it gives us a little more glimpse into a person and I’m excited to see a community – of sorts – forming via this blog.

    My two answers:

    North Korea – because my parents were born there as well as learning how I can be an advocate for the poverty and oppression in that country.

    Phuket, Thailand, – really…any isolated, quiet, and warm beach. Please let me know if you own one.

  15. Kacie says:

    Jack Danger Canty… Jakarta??? I mean, Indonesia is on my list, but I’m totally shocked to see Jakarta on yours. I’d love to hear your reasons!

  16. Jake says:

    The Vatican
    Ayers Rock

    I’ve always wanted to moon the pope and Ayers Rock seems like the best place to make a quick getaway before that pesky Swiss Army gets their hands on me.

  17. Nason says:

    Cuba, maybe it’s the rebel in me, but I hear it is amazing to see all of the mint-condition cars.

    China, because I would like to go somewhere where things are much different than what I am used to seeing.

  18. Capt Ralph says:

    ok – cuba and antarctica

    cigars and penguins

  19. Rose says:

    An Island in Southeast Thailand – Koh Phangan
    Italy – travel all through the country

  20. Joe says:

    Zanzabar… because I hear its way more beautiful then any thai beach that i’ve been too..
    Italy… because i love food and espresso…

  21. ryanbd says:

    Ireland – back to my roots; my wife went without me😦
    Trunk Bay, St. John – http://www.stjohnbeachguide.com/Trunk%20Bay%20Overlook.htm

    I was there on my honeymoon. It’s my happy place – and it may be that my whole life is geared towards getting back there. Or I’ve been watching too much LOST. But I’m gonna get back there…

  22. ryanbd says:

    I like Capt. Ralph’s – all I can think of is penguins smoking cigars. I’ll fly to see that.

  23. queltica says:

    Ecuador – haven’t been back since we moved to the U.S. when I was ten

    The Highlands and Islands of Scotland – wild, beautiful, music, Gaelic

    Ok- the second choice will change for me daily… only two, in this whole amazing planet? – that’s a tough list!

  24. chad says:

    Scotland – apparently i my family is (partly) from there

    Italy – so much history

  25. Linda says:

    Hong Kong – see where my parents came from/back to my roots

    Baghdad – to be completely out of my element, and get some perspective

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