So, Paris, London and Ireland are already checked off my "Where I want to go" list, and Italy will come off this spring as well.
But, there are many places around the world that I want to see. I thought it'd be fun to think about the top five, and share them with you. So, here is my list of the top five places in the world that I want to go, in the rest of my life (Italy is off the list since I'm about to go there).
I'll warn you, though, I'm big on the ancient world, so there will be some ancient sites on this list.
The number one place I want to see is The Great Wall of China (as well as the Terracotta Army that is located in Xian, in China). Let's be honest, whatever your feelings may be about the Chinese government, we've all heard the legends about the Great Wall of China since we were children. It is one of these things that, the legend is built up all of our lives, so, of course, I want to see it.
And I don't want to just see it from the ground, looking up, I want to walk down it, and try to think about what it must have been like to walk along it in the days when it was China's shield against invaders.
I want to, at least, find out if the reality of this long wall lives up to the legend.
In second place, there's actually a tie between two cities in Spain. On the one hand, I want to visit Pamplona, Spain, particularly during the San Fermin festival in early July, when the city holds its legendary running of the bulls every morning. Of course, I want to run with the bulls. I'm crazy like that.
The other Spanish city I want to visit is Bunol, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August, when the city celebrates La Tomatina, which is a big food fight, where everyone tosses tomatoes at each other at mid-day. Let's be honest, that just sounds like a ton of fun.
The next place I want to visit is the entire country of Jamaica. I've wanted to visit there ever since I was in college, and one of my history professors was pitching a study abroad opportunity in Jamaica to our class. This is the land of Bob Marley, and the laid-back lifestyle. I'd also like to visit Golden Eye, the retreat where author Ian Fleming wrote some of his James Bond novels.
And yes, I'm aware that not all of Jamaica looks like the images we see in travel brochures, but then again, not all of Atlanta looks like the skyscrapers of midtown.
The final place I want to see is the Great Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt. The pyramids, like the Great Wall of China, are objects that we've heard legends about since we were young. We're all familiar with the tales of mummies and curses. This place would be so cool to see, again to see if the reality lives up to the legend.
The thing about the pyramids is that they have been around for thousands of years. They are the tombs of the pharaohs. They have been a spectacle for people for centuries. You can't just go there, without thinking of how many people have passed by, or through, there in the last few thousand years.
So, that's my list of top places to visit. How about you -- readers? Let me know by Thursday of next week if there are places in the world you want to visit.
Also, let me know why you want to go, and if there are specific sites you want to see in a particular place. I'll protect your identities, but I'd like to write a column about places YOU want to see.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.