Travel, is one of the most favorite thing to do for me. We can see things which are not the part of our daily activities. We can meet different people with different languages, customs, cultures, and many other things. More, we can explore new places we never had before. Experience of trips, the joyful of events, the local wisdom we are interact with, more or less shape our way of thinking.
There are two types of Traveler, in my opinion, the suitcase and backpack one. the Suitcase Traveler occasionally take a trip to fancy places, spend relatively higher budget on transportation, accommodation, foods, shopping and so on. Their pleasure of the trip depends on how comfortable the trip is. The backpacker is the opposite one. They are tend to have a trip to more challenging-not-so-fancy places, spend budget as low as possible for their trip. They prefer to visit outdoor places such as mountains, beaches, waterfalls, seas, etc. They visit cities also, but they have distinguished habits, whether use cheap transportation, cheap hotel -or even sleep outdoor wear sleeping bag-, try not spend money as possible as they can. I prefer the latter one.
Travelers, whatever their types, should have dreamed places they really want to visit. Me, also have dreamed places I really wish to visit before I die. Those places are,
• Kaaba is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabian. It is the most sacred sites in Islam. Most part of Muslim are willing to go there as a pilgrim by Hajj or Umroh. I wish I can visit Kaaba in ‘backpacker’ mode. As your information, Kaaba was built by Abraham and his son Ismael as the first House of God or Baitullah and lands around the Baitullah developed into what now called Mecca. The Kaaba is located inside Masjidil Haram or “Sacred Mosque”. It is cuboid-shape structure which is made of granite quarried. It is approximately 13.1 m high. Inside the Kaaba is made of marble and limestone. The top part of the walls are covered with a green cloth embroidered with gold Qur’anic verses. Hajarul Aswad or the Black Stone is one the most significant feature attached to the Kaaba. The nature of the Black Stone has been much debated, some said it is agate, pumice, stony meteorite, pseudo-meteorite.
Stamford Bridge is located in West London, UK. It is home ground of Chelsea FC. The capacity is around 42,000 sits. Opened in 1877, at first used by the London Athletic Club until 1905 used by Chelsea for its home ground. The name “Stamford Bridge” originally came from local landmark. There are two roads near the stadium, Fulham Road and King’s Road and a stream called “Stanford Creek”. In the 18th century, bridge across the Fulham Road called “Sandford Bridge” and across the King’s Road called “Stanbridge”. These 3 names evolved into what recently adopted as Stamford Bridge. I really wish to get there, it will be awesome if I could watch Chelsea’s match live from Stamford Bridge. I want to feel the magical euphoria there.
- Machu Picchu is believed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti which built around 15th century. It is located in 2,500 metres above the sea level at Cusco Region of Peru, South America. Its three primary structures are the Intihuana (Hitching Post of the Sun) is believed as astronomic clock or calendar, Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows which are dedicated for Inti, the god of Sun and greatest deity. Machu Picchu was abandoned by Incas at the time of Spanish Conquest, but in 1911 being brought to international attention as a tourist attraction. Maccu Picchu was declared as a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
My career as an Indonesian diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is inline with my hobby as a Traveler. It is said that a diplomat will have much travel around the world. I hope I will be posted at least in London, UK or Lima, Peru so that I can fulfill my dreams.