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December Meme: Fairy tales & Travel Grants

Still slightly behind...

illariy asked for three places I'd like to go if I got a travel stipend. Since I've already written about the grant I applied for to compare genocide memorials in Rwanda and Germany, I assume she meant three other places I'd like to go with someone else's money. In no particular order....

1. Vanuatu - because flying to the South Pacific will probably never be in my budget, but once I researched and planned a trip there anyway. It sounded like an ideal destination for scenery, unique culture, and indulging my passion for off-the-beaten-track locales.

2. The former Yugoslavia - because I like cultural crossroads, Muslim-influenced architecture, and Slavic languages very much, and I also really like exploring post-Soviet places.

3. Lesotho - because it has a lot of the same things as my favorite travel destination ever, Kyrgyzstan: community-based tourism, staying with local families, need to get around on horseback due to lack of roads. And, like Vanuatu, it's unlikely that I'll ever find an affordable air ticket there. (Although I would have said that about Nepal last year, and look what happened.)

schneefink asked me for my favorite fairy tale, and I'm afraid this is going to be a disappointing answer. I don't have one. I grew up on those saccharine-sweet, Disney fairy tales and I liked them quite well as a little girl. As an adult feminist, the gender relationships are too problematic for me to enjoy.
And, like Vanuatu, it's unlikely that I'll ever find an affordable air ticket there. (Although I would have said that about Nepal last year, and look what happened.)

That was pretty much literally what went through my mind when I read the bit about Vanuatu.
I assume she meant three other places I'd like to go with someone else's money

Yes! And I wasn't sure if Rwanda and Germany were among your top choices or were a combination of preference and easier grant access ;-)

They all sound cool but especially Vanuatu. As you said, you never know about affordable plane tickets... I would like to go to Taquile island (on Lake Titica) sometime, precisely because of the community-based tourism.
For Rwanda and Germany, it's a combination of desire and availability of grant funds. It's really important to me to visit someplace in sub-Saharan Africa soon. It's the only region I teach about that I haven't visited, and that bothers me a lot. I have no idea what kind of weird, privileged, American assumptions I might be passing on. The grant I'm applying for is really broad - basically anything you can justify a lesson plan for. Rwanda came to mind immediately because I have a unit on literature of the Holocaust, but I've never been to Germany, and so many Americans have no idea that anything bad happened in Rwanda. I think it would be a fabulous opportunity to educate my students about the ways that we continue to allow atrocities to happen in the world, but it's also because I really do want to visit it. I am so attracted to small places that few people explore.
Sounds like a good plan, to visit that place you're teaching about. I am surprised to hear many Americans don't know about it, it made big news in Germany and the occasional news story even years afterwards. Though on the flipside, most Germans don't know about the genocide after the Herero uprising in Namibia and that was perpetrated by our own country...