We travel to exotic and not so exotic destinations...and they all have a name...but what is your favourite destination name...and why?
We travel to exotic and not so exotic destinations...and they all have a name...but what is your favourite destination name and why?
I will kick it off with "Jinka"...in Southern Ethiopia...the gateway to the Mursi tribe...
I love the sound of the name..."Jinka"...exotic or what?
"Ouagadougou" (Wagadoogoo), the capital of Burkina - fantastic looking name with lots of "oo" sounds.
I've driven all over Australia and reckon two of the most interesting names are "Dunedoo" (Dunny-doo - in central New South Wales) and "Wee Jasper" (also in New South Wales, but near to Canberra).
Wow Shane, how Ironic..i have a fascination with Ougadougou too, I have it set as one of my timezones in my phone, I google earth it all the time to see whats happening in downtown Ougadougou (all roads lead to Ougoudougou)..and will get there one day because of its name.
I also will get to Bumthang and Palau BumBum because..i like bumming around.
I did go to Moro because the flight call from Port Moresby airport is hilarious.......
Last plane to moro to day ......why wouldnt you catch to moros last plane to day?? There also Goodenough island in PNG, its a good enough name with so many islands to name.
And yes Shane we have some crackers...Iron Knob to Titty Bong..I kid you not, theres a town named that in Aus LOL.
[Edited: 2011 Jul 16 16:38 - littlewing:163970 ]
i have a fascination with Ougadougou too, I have it set as one of my timezones in my phone...
You are not going to believe this, but so do I!
Iron Knob to Titty Bong..
I've driven through Iron Knob (South Australia), but never heard of Titty Bong, where is it?
Might add another one to the list (also in New South Wales) - Coonabarabran (look at all those letter 'a'!) and it sounds as it is written.
Ouagadougou...sensational nomination...as a kid I reckon I was the only one in the class that knew the capital of Upper Volta...reminds me of my late father...always laughed when he would test me with that one.
In Africa I also nominate:
Timbuktu...or its local spelling...Tombouctou...special meaning to me as Our Tuareg Wedding testifies...but love the name...it engenders mystery & remoteness.
And I must mention Zanzibar...another exotic name...and a great name for an island.
Bujumbura appeals to me for much the same reason as Ouagadougou. In Africa I also love the "nana" bit in the middle of Antananarivo.
Two favourites from Argentina are Humahuaca (Oomawhacka), a town in the northern province of Jujuy (Hoohooey).
And a couple from Australia - Popanyinning and Woodenbong. I found Australia to have more than its fair share of interesting place names and street names, with frequent Knob and Bong encounters.
Yes, Aus does seem to have a bit of a fondness for a bongs, knobs, rootys and tittys...what did they expect from a bunch of convicts?
For those of you facinated by Ouagadougou here's a photo...
I was there in March 2005
for the Pan African Film Festival (FESPACO)
,which is well worth a visit.
It's held every 2 years. The next will be in 2013.
[Edited: 2011 Jul 17 15:36 - Stuart:1161 ]
The why haven't the Aussies mentioned Lake Titicaca. I always was amused by Tegucigulpa, ever since studying geography in middle school. I don't know why.
Lake Titicaca is the location I was going to mention. We loved our time there. It was surprising to us how large the lake and beautiful the lake was. The reed islands on Lake Titicaca are fascinating.
OOH yes...Lake titicaca, home of the scrotum frog!
Thanks for the pic Stuart, always wondered what Ougoudouga actually looked like - I am liking it
OOH yes...Lake titicaca, home of the scrotum frog!
I'm intrigued - please tell me more!
Oops, forgot the second half.
"Sierra Leone" because the words combined sound poetic to my ears--phonaesthetics, simply put. ^^
Ahh the scrotum frog. I grew up watching Nat Geo documentaries on a sunday night with my favourites being Jacque Costeau's - as my father was a diver in those days viewing was kind of mandatory. I must have been about 6 years old when I first saw the scrotum frog on one of the doco's and asked my dad why it was called that..I still remember his answer..."Men like to put them in their pockets"
Heres some info on the wierd and wonderful but now highly endangered scrotum frog (very well written too)
The Croatian island Krk, for lack of vowels and bad-arseness, and the Austrian village of Fucking, for obvious reasons.
Looking forward to our road trip to Northern Territory next year to visit the "Kakadu" National Park.
I always like the name "Kakadu" perhaps because it rhymes with Xanadu
- the song about a place I used to listen to when I was a child sang by Olivia Newton-John.
[Edited: 2011 Jul 18 09:39 - josworld:15287 ]
We had fun taking pictures of ourself in "Hell" a town on the island of Grand Cayman.
We did the same thing...taking pictures of ourselves at the train station at Hell,, Norway, just east of Trondheim.