Recently, I have found myself thinking about places that I have visited. I have been to quite a few interesting locations but this is a big planet, and there are many places I have yet to go. This post will be about a few places that I would love to travel to very soon. The first interesting location that I definitely need to see is the Seagaia Ocean Dome in Japan. Japan’s ocean dome is an indoor beach that has artificial surf and sand, as well as year round perfect weather. I am not a beach person, but a spectacle like this dome seems too awesome to skip. The next location that I have been planing to see for some time is the Pyramids of Egypt. The pyramids are cultural and architectural masterpieces that can be seen as some of the oldest links to the past we currently hold. I would have gone to the pyramids a year or two ago, but with the unrest in the region at the time, I decided that the trip must wait for another day. The last place that I need to visit very soon is Nigeria. Nigeria is the country of my origin, my parents were born there, and I have plenty of family there, but I have never actually had a chance to visit. There are many misconceptions about Nigeria, but much like many other west African countries, it is extremely modern and commercialized. I can’t wait to finally get to meet my cousins who I have only spoken to over the phone and on the web. There are many places that I would love to see that aren’t listed in this post, but the world is large and I have to start somewhere. As I knock these locations off my list I will certainly be adding new ones. As long as I am healthy, I am always ready for an adventure, and I can’t wait to start traveling once again.
Over the past few months there has been a number of news reports about a flood of refugees populating European countries. While it is clear that these refugees are leaving their countries due to the damages of war, the citizens of the occupied countries are becoming quite unwelcoming. The entire continent of Europe seems to be experiencing a case of xenophobia as many people fear the idea of a coming “Islamic influence.” The refugees who have been marching through Hungary and trying to get to other EU nations, are former citizens of war torn Syria, Egypt, and other middle eastern countries, who are trying to flee the ideology wars going on in their country. Many citizens of European Union countries who don’t want to entertain the presence of these refugees due to fear are not even realizing the type of fear that comes with fleeing from a war zone. I know that many countries have reached out and decided to take on some of the refugees, but I don’t feel as though it is enough to just take them in, people need to be accepted and truly welcomed. Many of the refugees are not willing to stay in Hungary because they are trying to find a place were they can live, work, and thrive, and it seems like in Hungary they will always just be refugees. I know that many EU countries have pledged to take on and support a number of these travelers, but until they understand that these people are looking to be accepted into a new home, the refugees will continue to move until they find a peaceful place.