Future

Places I would like to visit
 Puerto Deseado, Argentina
Puerto Deseado is a very special place. Why you ask? Because it's the best spot in South America to see Rochopper Penguins. I have always been fascinated with these animals and I can't remember for how long it has been my dream to see them, watch them, and appreciate them. Despite their red eyes that make them look evil and angry I can't help but think how adorable they are...
fot: True Wildlife (http://true-wildlife.blogspot.pe)
Puerto Deseado is located in Patagonia, a southern end of South America and spans across two countries: Argentina and Chile, having access to both Pacific and Atlantic ocean. The whole region is basically a heaven for anybody who would like to see any of the following species: Magellanic, Rockhopper, King, Gentoo, or Humboldt. Other places in Patagonia that are important for penguin watching are Isla Magdalena, Tucker Islets,  and Martillo Island to name the few.
 
 Kristiansund, Norway
Few years back I spent more than a year learning Norwegian while I was planning a trip to Norway. It was easier as the company I used to work for had a partner in Norway, so I could practice writing e-mails in Norwegian and ask about tips. Kristiansund - I don't even remember how I found this place, that is probably the beauty of it but I still hope I will get to visit it one day.  It's located in the Nordmøre district on the western coast of Norway. Cold climate (16° at most in July/August) doesn't scare me, because I would like to rent a car and drive through this:
fot. Cruise Norway (http://www.cruise-norway.no/Ports/Kristiansund/)
 
 Magadan, Russia
Most of people wouldn't even hear about this place, not to mention actually wanting to go there but this place is very heavily connected with my other passion - reading. Every since I read Gulag by Anne Applebaum I started collecting books about Soviet labour camps and the memoirs of people from different countries that got sucked in into the whole machine. A lot of people got sent to Magadan, whether to work in nearby camps or even after having left the camps they were relocated to live there before they were allowed to leave the country. 

I have always wanted to go to Russia to see those places, feel the history, and learn more about those tragedies. The books might seem like a very depressing topic but believe it or not - they aren't. There is much more to stories about losing a battle with a political machine or being taken away from your loved ones. 
fot. Medusa Project (https://meduza.io/en/feature/2017/08/14/the-ruins-of-a-uranium-mining-russian-prison-camp)
 
  Independence (MO), USA
The birthplace of one of the best dancers that have ever lived: Ginger Rogers, or as her birth name was Virginia Katherine McMath. Yes, quite a mouthful! It is one of many places I would like to visit just to get a sense of where people I admire lived and spent some parts of their lives.

 
Places I would like to live in
 Valencia, Spain
In 1999/2000 I was just a 12-year old boy that apart from spending every living second playing football I also liked watching football games with my dad. One night we were watching Valencia CF playing and somehow I was mesmerised. From that moment they became my team and 8 years later I visisted the city for the first time. It was my first trip alone to a foreign country (not counting the move to the UK), for just a week. It was a glorious trip, I spent months learning basics of Spanish to be able to order some food but Slovakian receptionist has been a great help. 

During that trip I fell in love with the city and promised myself to go back there. Shame on me for not having continued learning Spanish, I would have been fluent by now but nothing I can do about it now. I came back to Valencia in 2016 while visiting my friend Natalia in Madrid - even though another 8 years had passed I fell in love again, with the city ;) Now I have been learning Spanish and staying in South America, in order to be able to live in Valencia one day. Who knows, perhaps one day I will!
 
 Singapore
Singapore will always have a special place in my heart. I remember when I travelled there for the first time in March 2015. It was a nervous trip, having left the continent for the first time and spending 14 hours of my life on a plane. My first trip was business-related but I found so much more, few really great friends that I connected with instantly, which made me appreciate those glorious two weeks. I admit I was afraid before I landed, never liked big cities - for example London, so much history but I could never connect with it. Business, lots of people, cars, rush hour are not my cup of tea (and I drink a lot of tea!) and I have always stayed away from it. Singapore turned out to be so different. During 16-day trip I walked over 200km on foot and got to know so many different sides of that city. I love the fact that you can take a metro (or in my case walk) and after half an hour you can find yourself in the Botanic Gardens and enjoy nature in its purest form. 
Who goes to sleep after 20h journey, not me, instead I was hanging out with these crazies all night!
After the first trip it came time for the second and third - I just could not stay away. Despite its label as financial capitol of the world, it is only one of many, many labels. One of the very few big cities I grew fond of in such a short time. My aim is to find a place where I can find a meaningful job and sometimes I think Singapore is the place to do it..
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