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Kerry and I still have a huge list of places we still want to visit in the world.  The more you travel, you realise there so much more to see. Some places/countries we have already visited and either didn’t get to the place we wanted to visit, due to time or it not being on our itinerary. Some we didn’t have time in the place we did visit.  Here are a few locations on our list

  • China – The Three Gorges or Yangtze Gorges.  This is a scenic area along the Yangtze River stretching for 120 kilometres and offering amazing views. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu.  Beijing Zoo wasn’t the best environment to see pandas.  This research base seems a better bet.
  • Russia – St Petersburg. We have got to go back and spend more time there.  It was such a fabulous place.  We loved the atmosphere, the architecture and the people. We had a ridiculously short time there.
  • Japan – There is a dive site in Japan, off the coast of Yonaguni Jima, that appears to be an underwater city.   It is called Japans Atlantis.  The largest structure looks like a complicated, monolithic, stepped pyramid that rises from a depth of 25 meters. Some say it wasn’t man made but natural.  I really want to see it for myself, to make up my own mind of course.  Here’s more information about it.  I am keen to travel on a bullet train through some of the Japanese countryside.  We saw a bullet train at one of the stations while we were in China.  It looked so sleek and fast, even stationary!
  • Scotland – (yep you read that correctly) so much to see there.  We spend a weekend on The Isle of Lewis a couple of years ago and really want to return and see more of it.  Uig beach was spectacularly desolate and beautiful.  We discovered an abandoned church overlook the beach for sale.  We have so many discussions about what we would do to the place and the views from there all year round would be breaktaking.  Also in Scotland, Edinburgh is a favourite spot.  We got snowed in there in December 2010.  I also personally want to dive Scapa Flow, in the Orkney Islands.  It was UK’s chief naval base during World War I and World War II. Following the German defeat in the First World War, 74 ships of their were interned in Gutter Sound at Scapa Flow pending a decision on their future in the peace Treaty of Versailles. On 21 June 1919, after nine months of waiting, Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, the German officer in command at Scapa Flow, made the decision to scuttle the fleet because the negotiation period for the treaty had lapsed with no word of a settlement (he was not kept informed that there had been a last-minute extension to finalise the details). After waiting for the bulk of the British fleet to leave on exercises, he gave the order to scuttle the ships to prevent their falling into British hands.  Many are still there to see.
  • It’s clichéd but I would like to see the 15th-century Inca site at Machu Picchu.    I don’t have any great desire to see any other parts of South American (maybe because I haven‘t read up about it)
  • Madagascar – Did you see the David Attenborough series about the island?  A company called Blue Ventures do a fish survey project on the island (loads of Diving) they also do some worthwhile work with the local community.  Kerry and I both want to take part in this project and see the island before it is spoilt by tourism.
  • America – A few years ago Kerry and I, with some friend and family, travelled through part of America.  Starting in San Francisco, then onto Death Valley, Yosemite Park, Las Vegas and ending in LA.  I would just like to say here that Las Vegas does live up to its sign….It is Fabulous.  I would like to do the whole trip again.  I also want to visit Washington DC, Boston, New York (I’ve often contemplated doing the New York Marathon) and Seattle.
  • Arctic Circle – Unfortunately we didn’t get this far north during our Russian Trans Siberian trip but I really want to go there.  I also want to ice dive, where a hole is cut in the ice with a chain saw.  You then jump in and have a bimble around and see what you can see. I’ve dived with seals in the UK, penguins in the Arctic would be cool (sorry no pun intended).  I’ve been looking at this company.  Better pack my dry suit and thermals for that trip!
  • New Zealand – Who wouldn’t want to visit Middle Earth? Especially with Kerry and I being so close to this green sheep filled Island at the moment.
  • Everest Base Camp.  I have long held a dream of trekking to this and after recently reading Bear Grylls account of his ascent of Everest called Facing Up Amazon store link it’s just made me more determined to do it.  There are a number of companies that do the trip, Intrepid, Exodus and the Bonington Treks. The peak of Everest would be an amazing experience, but not for me.  Too much of surviving that experience is down to fate and chance.  To put Base Camps height into perspective.  The peak of our very own Snowden is 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level.  Base camp is situated at 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) above sea level.  Up there, altitude sickness is a huge threat, so adequate acclimatisation is critical. Many ‘Pretend Trekkers’ (because that’s what I feel I would be) don’t make it.  A few sadly even die just going to Base Camp.  I found this great Base Camp diary the other day.
  • Some other places I’m considering and need further research for me are Indian and Pakistan.  I’m not sure my stomach will survive the likely germ onslaught.  The Middle Eastern Jordon and Medina, Jerusalem. Safety is a concern.

There you have it.  A few thoughts for more Little Adventures.  These should keep us out of mischief over the next few years.

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Stefan Palmer

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