Ask any one of my friends or family as to my bucket list travel destinations and they will give you, not one, but two answers – Tahiti and Germany.
Yes, on two complete opposite ends of the globe but my first, Tahiti, actually gets my ranking as #1. It was back in the late 1970′s that, as a kid, I read an article about Tahiti and French Polynesia in a National Geographic magazine sitting on my grandmother’s coffee table. I was in my early teens and desperately wanted an escape from my life at that moment to be the furthest away from where life had me at that time. The article spoke of the native people, the deep blue warm waters with crystal white sandy beaches and beautiful green peaks rising up out of the ocean. THAT is where I wanted to go.
Ironically, it was not soon after that my aunt and uncle would take a vacation there. Upon their return I grilled them with questions and heard their answers. It was everything the magazine article had described. I told them with great confidence and assurance that someday soon I would go there. Well, 35 years have passed since then and I’ve still not made it to Tahiti. But, now I hope to make this dream come true sooner rather than later. To watch sunrises come up above the horizon like I’ve never seen before. And see sunsets like I never knew possible.
And to lay on that hammock on the beach that remains in my memory. That tropical, mystical, beautiful place that is vivid in my thoughts every day.