Places You Remember for a Lifetime


The human memory is an odd, weird thing. Some memories stick really, really well. Others, stay around with practice and then fall by the wayside as soon as you stop using them. Still others barely stick for a few minutes, even when you need them again shortly after. When it comes to travel, most of the memories I have were associated with real experiences, usually sensory. Whether it was the sense of being really high in the air or touching something that was built centuries before, I have a few that stay locked in my head regardless of how old I get.

Brazil

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Photo by: Rafael Rebello de Barros

While the beaches of Ipanema are literally where I spent every weekend as a kid when my family wasn't doing anything, the most memorable impression on my young mind in the 1970s was really Sugarloaf Mountain and the big Jesus statue on the opposite side it across the city (you can see both in the photo above). While we lived in Rio for almost two years, we only visited the statue once, mainly due to relatives visiting from Europe and wanting to see it. The thing was huge, and all concrete, so it was very imposing up close.

Mexico

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Free image from Pixwizard.

While most people associate Mexico with warm beaches as well, there's quite a bit more to the country, especially in-land. One trip I was fortunate enough to take was to the Yucatan. While it wasn't automatically on our agenda, my wife and I signed up for a bus tour to Chichin-Itza, the most famous of Mayan ruins in central Mexico as well as dipping in a few cenotes (underground lakes). The most vivid impression I came back with was just how hot and humid it was in the jungle, yet at the same time it sucked the moisture right out of you. The inability to sweat and cool off easy made the place high risk for heat problems, which I fortunately offset with potato chips and water (salt and water, not just water, is your friend). No surprise, the pyramid at Chichin-Itza was the big memory-maker, especially since I got to go inside as well as stand on the top, something people can't do now.

Germany

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Free image from Pixwizard.

Thinking of Germany, particularly the southern part of the country produces two images: Neuschwanstein Castle or Octoberfest. For me, however, I spent my summers visiting my grandparents in their small town, which gave me a lot of time to wander the local forests and lakes. So, while German forests due tend to look at a lot alike the Bavarian area, for me it was my own personal adventure-land. I did get a chance to revisit again when older, and all the old trails came back to me without using a map or any guideposts. It was rather interesting how those details stayed connected in my mind. 

Arizona Crater

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Arizona Crater, Flagstaff, image is in public domain, U.S. Geological Service.

If I mention the state of Arizona and big geological sites, people would assume I was going to talk about the Grand Canyon. Instead, what made a big impression on me that sticks is the massive crater in the Arizona desert caused by a meteorite coming down millions of years earlier. This gigantic hole in the ground was the product of unimaginable energy being released from the impact. From what I gather, the simple fact of the meteorite being made of something hard like metal increases its ability to release impact energy versus softer materials. Whatever was the case, this one was left a big dent in the planet. You feel very small standing on the edge of it looking in.

Future Travel in the Wings

I'm hoping with my crypto investing and positioning that a few of my involvements will eventually pay off. I loved traveling as a kid and before I had my own family. It's much harder when trying to organize and pay for a full group to go places, hotels, food and transport. Now that I'm getting older and the kids are getting ready to move out soon, the chance to travel light again is coming back. Spain, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Australia are on my short list, maybe.

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WinterYeti
WinterYeti

A professional freelance writer for the last 20 years and a budding photographer by hobby.


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