Africa and Australia

Most world travelers will tell you that the best places in the world are Africa and Australia. They will also tell you that you really need to see it all to understand why that is. Africa and Australia are both enormous chunks of land that brag of vastness and diversity. They are both land masses that feature many many desolate barren empty spaces with small corners of brilliance and natural exuberance. It is these rare gems combined with the vast emptiness that seem to excite most. Also, the extremities of the beauty seem to outshine other destinations in the world. For me to see and do what I plan to see and do in Australia and Africa would require amounts of funds that are not currently accessible to me. Somehow, I cannot afford my own good taste and the best spots have been developed for the posh and ultra-rich. These places are no secret, and are designed to be attainable to only a privileged few.

Australia has beaches that are either unremarkable or indescribable. Additionally, Australia is developed in a way that has high standards and is humane:

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These beaches are impressive, developed immaculately and the shell beach in particular does not exist anywhere else in the world. These beaches posses extreme beauty, uniqueness, charm and sophistication.

As I may have written before, Thailand is like paradise with bugs everywhere. Thailand’s beauty looks like paradise, but the prostitution, human trafficking, the indifference of the people, the poverty, the slummy backpacker ghettoes that appeal to mass tourism all make Thailand a very sleazy and unromantic destination. Thailand is difficult to travel to because of these reasons. Even if you stay in a luxury hotel, which there are many wonderful ones, you cannot shield yourself from these horrors as well as the massive crowds. Australia I have never been to, but I assume is free of these calamities, at least the prostitution.

Australia is also home to magical mountains and ancient rain forests:

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Supposedly, those blue hues do not exist anywhere else. Rain forests are remarkable all over the world, but Australia is probably more highly developed and cleaner than other rain forests.  The society is more affluent and sophisticated than the peoples of the Amazon and Borneo.

Australia is also home to several metropolises, which intriguing given the raw abundance of nature that exists there. It is this diversity not all of plant and animal life, but nature balanced with urbane living that creates an incredible and unique experience that makes Australia allegedly the best in the world.

I hate Sydney’s Opera House. In fact, Although it looks like Gerhry may have designed it,It was actually designed by Jorn Utzon.  Gehry seems to be one of those architects whom everyone knows and can familiarize themselves with. Nonetheless, opera is always a symbol of high culture and high society. Opera symbolizes sophistication and affluence. The Opera House just means that Sydney has culture and is thinking. This is no primitive house out in the sticks.

Africa, on the other hand, is known for its primitive state. I have long been un-enchanted with Africa due to its lack of human development. Africa has never been known for great cities and civilizations.

Africa is also a large swath of land with great diversity. This may be true that Africa has a scarcity of the world’s great cities, but there have been a few and there are more reasons to visit it. Africa is strikingly beautiful and has a certain kind of magic to it that does not exist anywhere else.

Africa, like Australia, has vast emptiness mixed in with some sparkling gemstones. Analogous to Australia, these places have all been discovered and are developed for the ultra-chic and ultra-rich. They are no secret, and are accessible to the high and mighty.

I have heard from many that Seychelles is the beast beach in the world and that when you see all of the noteworthy spectacular beaches, you will know why Seychelles is the perfect one. Also, everyone says the pictures do not capture it and you just have to see it:

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Seychelles may be the most famous island in Africa, but Mauritius and Reunion are also charming and lovely:

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Zanzibar is another famous island in Africa:

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I have also heard from many people that the people in Africa are the nicest in the world. I also have a belief that people in large cities are cold, unfriendly and aloof, both as an adaptation to living in that setting as well as the psychology of a person who is drawn to those types of places. Conversely, people in more rural earthy areas tend to be nicer.

When I went to the Africa pavilion at the World Expo in China, I was enamored with the music. The music was euphoric and not featured in any other pavilion. The music of Africa is a great cultural achievement, unlike anywhere else in the world.

Africa is also known for Safaris, but the only one that appeals to me is in Botswana. Botswana knows what it has and has priced itself accordingly. The Okavango Delta is stunning and is so high-priced that it is geared to keep the riff raff out. Jack’s Camp is a noteworthy, unique and artistic tent/hotel that only exists in Botswana:

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Botswana offers an African safari for elites. I am enamored with it. Intoxicated. Holding my breath I can one day afford to go there with the one I love.

Victoria Falls spans both Zambia and Zimbabwe. I however, only want to go to Zambia so I can see the Devil’s Pool. The Devil’s Pool is supposedly one of the coolest places in the world, not just for its beauty and the size of the Falls, but because it is dangerous and safe at the same time.

Yes, if you fall off of the edge, you will have a slow perilous and terrifying death. Fortunately, this will never happen when your hired tour guide leads you to the exact part of the rock where there is a ledge you can sit on and watch the waterfall and rainbow. Every single person in this picture looks as if they are in sheer heaven and joy:

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Devil's Pool – Victoria Falls From Livingstone Island. (Photo by Greg and Ashley)http://www.flickr.com/photos/followourfootsteps/
Devil’s Pool – Victoria Falls From Livingstone Island. (Photo by Greg and Ashley)http://www.flickr.com/photos/followourfootsteps/

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This is supposed to be the adventure sport of a lifetime, and like the other locations, I will not go here alone and require a travel companion/love interest.

Now it is time for the cities. Africa is not famous for its cities, but it noticeably has the modern city of Cape Town, and the ancient cities of Carthage and Luxor:

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South Africa, Cape Town, view of Table Mountain (lef) from Lion's Head, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles, city lights
South Africa, Cape Town, view of Table Mountain (lef) from Lion’s Head, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles, city lights

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Morocco is worthy of its own blog post and will not be mentioned here, except to say that it is African and it is incredible.

Moving right along to Rwanada, is to say that it is memorable for its recent genocide and for tis beauty. I have met someone who went there who said the people there were the nicest and that they all honored the victims of the genocide in a way that was endearing and touching:

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Lastly, is Ethiopia. I am fan of the Ethiopian food, only fi it is prepared the way I like. I like eating with your hands and sitting on the floor. I like vegetables and spices. Also, coffee is believed to have been invented in Ethiopia, then spread into Yemen, the rest of the Middle East and then the world! Ethiopia is also culturally significant to Coptic Christians and history buffs. Ethiopia also has a strange land formation from lava left over from an erupt volcano:

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LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA - MARCH 19:  Visitors walk past Bete Giyorgis, also called St. George's Church, at the Lalibela holy sites on March 19, 2013 in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Lalibela is among Ethiopia's holiest of cities and is distinguished by its 11 churches hewn into solid rock that date back to the 12th century. Construction of the churches was begun by Ethiopian Emperor Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, who sought to create an alternative pilgrimage site after the Muslim occupation of Jerusalem. Lalibela was the capital of Ethiopia until the 13th century.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LALIBELA, ETHIOPIA – MARCH 19: Visitors walk past Bete Giyorgis, also called St. George’s Church, at the Lalibela holy sites on March 19, 2013 in Lalibela, Ethiopia. Lalibela is among Ethiopia’s holiest of cities and is distinguished by its 11 churches hewn into solid rock that date back to the 12th century. Construction of the churches was begun by Ethiopian Emperor Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, who sought to create an alternative pilgrimage site after the Muslim occupation of Jerusalem. Lalibela was the capital of Ethiopia until the 13th century. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

In conclusion, Africa and Australia are usually the most cited as being the creme de la creme for world travelers. There is hidden beauty, magic and enchantment in all of these places. Oh and who can forget adventure and excitement too.

I hope to explore these places one day but will need a bigger budget than what I am used to and a travel companion, which has always been an obstacle but not a hindrance for me in the past.

A girl can dream, but blog in the meantime.

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