So, as I have sat most of this week having great ideas that just don’t seem to want to find the way onto the page I was also drawing a blank on where to go for this week’s feature. Seriously nothing appealed to me and I resorted to closing my eyes and typing random letters in a search engine to see if anything would appear. Then one thing led to another and now I decided to travel a little bit.
First stop…Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand which is said to translate to: “the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as ‘landeater,’ played his flute to his loved one.” Now how romantic is that, huh? Several websites say this is one of the most visited places in New Zealand, however either that is an exaggeration or this place is so small that other than this sign and a reported hill, there is nothing else pictureworthy. (I did find on one person’s travel blog the picture of a person standing next to the sign remarking they drove hours off track to find this place and the only thing there was the f**king sign!)
I guess it could be worse and visit Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill which translates to “where the devil urinates”.
So quickly moving on…
Second stop…Nowhere Else Tasmania. As the name might indicate, there isn’t a whole lot going on here. Why? Because it’s happening somewhere else, duh!
The main road through town is aptly named Nowhere Else Road.
Looking over the water, it’s easy to get the feeling you are indeed standing on the edge of the world.
Next stop…Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Local school children are taught this name although few can explain its meaning. (I don’t think I would have made it out of first grade if I had to learn this before I moved on.) Basically it is translated to: The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma”.
To everyone else in the world, it is known better as —wait for it—
One night in Bangkok!
Last stop…or starting point for every single woman looking for some romance, Imalone WI. Imalone is a small, unincorporated town located in Rusk County Wisconsin.
Again, given the name, not much happening here.
One thing I did learn traveling today is the world is full of the strange and unusual. This was just a small journey through this odd world. I hope you will join me when I decide to go off the beaten path.
Till next week?
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