Is there anywhere in the world I do not want to visit?
Well now, that’s a tough question. There are certainly place I would prefer to visit to other places: the Taj Mahal would appeal to me more than the White House; the Grand Canyon more than the Mariana Trench, what with the dark and the pressure and miles of water overhead and the mutant squid and all. Although mutant squid would be interesting.
I could go through a lengthy exercise working out the relative appeal of every square inch of the planet and, in theory at least, would end up with a least desirable option, possibly Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib or some such.
However, these are places at a specific moment in time. Who knows – in 10 or 20 years they might be more appealing than somewhere else. That’s the definition of “relative,” right there. The list would be only appropriate for today.
There cannot be a place anywhere that does not have some intimation of wonder. It is up to us to find it.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”