We’re on the home stretch in this April’s A-Z challenge and I am exploring places I’d like to travel. The letter V provides four countries as possibilities. There’s Vietnam, and I’d love to go back, but I’ve been there. A wonderful country, especially if you can get out into the countryside. Then there is Venezuela, one of our neighbors to the south, a country that is often at odds with America. Hopefully, like with Cuba, the tension will ease but that doesn’t bring it to the top of my list. Then there is Vanuatu. And island with volcanoes sounds right up my ally. I loved how reading Getting Stone with the Savages. J. Marten Troost knows how to travel the islands of the Pacific (find a girlfriend working for NGOs). Of course, he was able to parlay his experiences into a couple of very funny books.
For me, my V destination will be the Vatican City, a sovereign country within a city. It’s not very large and no, there are no railways. There’s only around 500 people who live here, mostly clergy within the Roman Catholic Church. This is one country where I’d probably have to stay in another country to visit, but that would be okay. And it won’t take a long to see it all, but to have a chance to see St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Sistine Chapels, the museums, and just to be at the site where so much history has taken place over the past two millenniums.