Stranger in a Strange Land

My life is very routine, so it isn’t very often when I come across new places. Even my vacations consist of going places that I’ve been before. I deal with the same settings and people every day of my boring life.

But when I do get the chance to visit a new place, I make myself out to be the ultimate tourist. I research the area beforehand so I know where to go, I figure out the best routes to take, and see if there is any different foods that I would like to try.

If I’m going to be honest, I am a very simple girl when it comes to food. I am, sadly, a picky eater, but just about every restaurant ever has some type of chicken dish, so I am usually set to go. I don’t care for fancy foods all that much, like steak and lobster.  Just throw me a cheeseburger and fries, and I’m a happy girl.

What I have expressed before on here is how I love architecture. On my List of Places I’d Love to Visit, there is at least one building in every location that I am dying to see. I live for that kind of stuff. Like, have you seen St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the city? That thing is beautiful!

Personally, I love castles. At least half of the European countries I want to visit has plenty of tours for castle lovers like me. I especially want to check out the Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Germany, half because it is absolutely breathtaking in pictures alone, but also because that is the castle that inspired Walt Disney for the design of Cinderella’s castle.

How awesome is that?

I also really want to check out St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Sacré-Coeur basilica in Montmartre, the Parthenon in Athens, the Buckingham Palace in London, the Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland, as well as so many other things. I like to silently geek out over cool buildings, no big deal.

As much as I love to check out architecture, I also love to check out humans. I do it enough around my usual places, so I’m one hundred percent sure that I would do it in a new place. I wouldn’t try to spend too much of my time watching people, but would probably end up doing it anyway. In my opinion, people are too interesting and weird to disregard.

I must do a lot of staring, rather than actually doing physical things, because I also enjoy checking out landscapes. The way that the Earth forms and transforms over thousands of years is so interesting for me. Mountains, hills, cliffs, waterfalls, rivers—it’s all so cool when you take a step back and just breathe it all in. It’s pretty magnificent that the world looks the way it does from certain points of view.

My absolute favorite part about new places is definitely the architecture over everything else, as much as I like to people-watch and stare at landscaping. I enjoy learning about the place I am at more than doing things like sky diving and horseback riding.

Prompt: What is your favorite part about visiting a new place: the food? The architecture? The people watching?


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A twenty-two year old who lives through words and her Netflix account. She makes herself laugh more than others, and she claims that she is okay with that.

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