The Daily Post had a question for us bloggers and, though I am a few days late, I thought I would take a stab at it. I am supposed to explore a place that I would never want to visit. I could be callous and mention any “third world” or “developing” country and be labeled an American Elitist, but the truth is, there are many impoverished parts of the world that I think I would enjoy seeing for the history and culture that exist there. Eastern Europe, much of the old Soviet Union, even the non-touristy portions of France, Germany, Spain and the UK. To see the ruins of the European empires would appeal to a history lover like myself.
If I had to pick somewhere to absolutely not visit; perhaps the Australian Outback. Now, I am a big fan of Crocodile Dundee, but I am not a big outdoors person. Tromping through the heat and damp, dodging insects and reptiles that would be trying to kill me, not my idea of a good time. I “camp” on a lake in the summer but it is in my RV and within 30 minutes of pretty substantial signs of civilization. I would not do well in the life or death struggle of surviving in the Outback. This city boy would drive any poor guide insane within hours. My luck they would leave me somewhere to fend for myself.
I suppose the Amazon could be added to this list for some of the same reasons. The amount of poisonous or deadly species discovered and being found in that region of the world make it clear that it is not a place for me. I have no need to tangle with snakes that could swallow me whole (which might write off Florida as a place to visit soon with their python problem) or schools of deadly flesh-eating fish. I will leave those adventures to people with a little less desire to live than myself.
While we are at it, let’s add the African Sahara. The desert is no place for a city slicker like me. A place that can kill me just for standing outside of shade is not a place I want to visit. I applaud the people who have survived in those conditions for centuries. They are a strong people who should be proud of their heritage.
I guess this post went a little longer than I thought it would. I suppose there are more places than I thought that are just not meant for me to experience.