Whenever I hear this question, or the similar, “What kind of music do you like?”, I’m always left looking for an answer. I listen to so many genres of music that it’s hard to pick just one, or laundry list them and bore the person to death. So I say: “I listen to a little bit of everything.” Or “Everything.”
This is my interpretation of saying that to someone. I either sound stuck up, and ignorant, or I lack a good taste in music. Mind you, these are all first impressions.
I should have an iPod playlist of my favorite songs written and taped to my chest.
Out of everywhere I’ve traveled so far, here are some of my favorite places:
The first place I can remember being in awe was at Fontana Di Trevi in Rome, Italy. It’s a massive fountain, accompanied by many statues and carvings. At night, the lights shone beautifully on the pieces and through the water, giving the whole monument a remarkable feel. Steps that surround the area lead down to the fountain which gave it a position of authority and importance.
A second place that was truly memorable was Sam Fiszman Park, North Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. To get to the park, you have to drive up a narrow one-way coastline road. It’s a heavily design-influenced park, it’s a sand / gravel / rock park, which focuses the viewer’s attention on the coastal view - it’s rather elevated and it looks upon the beach, as well as the Tasman Sea. It was sunset when I went, and the clouds were basically painted in the sky. It was incredible. I had the feeling that I was so far away from home, so separate from everything familiar. It was a great sense of escape.
And finally, I chose Gruyeres, Switzerland. It’s a castle, as well as the surrounding town that’s nestled in the alps. I traveled there on a sunny day, which really brought out the green of the mountains. Prior to visiting, I hadn’t really been anywhere mountainous, so being among the alps was insane. I got the sense of protection being in a castle, with the mountains towering over us. It was really remote and picturesque.
Note: I had to write this for my AP Human Geography class. The prompt called for: “What landmarks evoke specific emotions and give your place its’ character?”