So I’ve got an 18-day vacation coming up this summer, and I’m not sure where to go. Honestly, I may end up not going anywhere, but if I do, I’d like to pick from this list. I’ve been lots of different places in my lifetime (thanks in large part to my parents, who drove me and my sister around the country almost every year when we were growing up) but I’ve never been to these five places.
5. San Diego, California
I was originally planning on going to SDCC this summer, and spending plenty of time in the city as well, but I didn’t get the week of SDCC off from work, and since I went to NYCC, I’m not really up for going to what is likely to be a very similar convention. Still, I’ve heard great things about San Diego as a vacation destination, and wouldn’t mind getting out there at some point.
4. Berlin, Germany
I’ve actually never been to Europe (or any other continent for that matter) despite multiple chances over the past decade to go to Paris. That said, I would love to go to Germany, the ancestral home of the Reisinger line. Plus, I think at any point, anyone who’s ever been Jewish owes it to himself to go to Germany and learn more about the Holocaust. If you can’t do that, at least visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC (somewhere I’ve been plenty of times in my lifetime).
3. London, England
Yes, another European destination, plus one where I wouldn’t have to learn another language. Plus, it’s the ancestral home of the other side of my family. There’s so much to see and do in London that I could easily spend a week there and not get bored (unlike, say, Cleveland, where a weekend was easily enough). Plus, I’d have to check out the Apple Store, the first one to open in Europe (there are plenty more now, but London’s will always be the first). I’d also have to check out some EPL action.
2. Los Angeles, California
I know this is the second of my fave 5 s in California (specifically, Southern California) but like I said, my parents took me lots of places as a kid, so there are few places left in the U.S. for me to visit. LA is one of them. Honestly, I’m really only interested in doing the touristy things (Hollywood, etc.) and seeing a Lakers game in person at Staples. Of course, I can’t imagine staying there for long, since I hate traffic, and LA is all about gridlock (it’s one of the main reasons I don’t trive to New York anymore).
1. Sydney, Australia
I’ve been talking about going to Sydney for a few years now. It’s something I’m eventually going to do, despite the ridiculous cost (a flight alone is almost $2,000). I mean, just look at that picture. It’s a beautiful scene, something you can’t find here in America anymore. There are at least a few places I’d have to see at Sydney, not the least of which is the Opera House. The Harbor Bridge also cuts a striking image, as does the skyline. Some people would put Bondi Beach high on that list, but I’m not really a beach person (thus the lack of Caribbean destinations on this list) though I would definitely check it out while I was in town. Not sure when I’ll be able to make this happen, but it’s definitely on the radar for 2008.