|19 places I want to go||14 places I've been|
Central America And The Caribbean
United States: New York State: Upstate: Tompkins County
United States: California: Northern California: Bay Area: San Francisco Peninsula: San Mateo County
4. Ladybird Johnson Grove
United States: California: Northern California: Redwood National Park
6. Golden Gate Park
United States: California: Northern California: Bay Area: San Francisco Peninsula: San Francisco
7. San Francisco
United States: California: Northern California: Bay Area: San Francisco Peninsula
8. Ha Ha Tonka State Park
United States: Missouri: Camdenton
10. The Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary
United Kingdom: Great Britain: England: Wiltshire
United States: Michigan: Lower Peninsula: Wayne County
14. South Africa
15. Machu Picchu
Peru: Cusco Region
United States: Illinois: Cook County
17. Early Medieval Ireland
Religious/Spiritual Places: Medieval Europe
Mexico: Quintana Roo
19. Glory Hole
United States: Arkansas
This is one of the most fascinating places I’ve been. All kinds of different people (many fanatics around their own particular cause) go to “speak their mind.” This is the location where Englanders are encouraged to express their freedom of speech. And they do! Seems like every topic was controversial or argumentative: politics, religion, philosophy. Some speakers stand alone and chant out their ideas while others draw crowds. Lots of colorful complaining happens here. Great for people watching.
I understand there to be 3 rules in the park for speaking:
1. Must Be One Foot Above English Soil. This is apparently where we get the idiom “getting on or off one’s soapbox” since standing on a crate used for transporting soap will ensure you are one foot above ground and that you are, therefore, not “in the country.” I saw many people who used other things: ladders, chairs, etc. So folks still abide by this rule today.
2. No Swearing. Bickering and taunting and crass or witty remarks seem to be acceptable.
3. No Defamatory Comments about the Royal Family. This one surprised me. I can imagine plenty of people saying (when the Royal Family was still in power, of course) “Sheesh! What’s the point then?” I mean, what if we [Americans] couldn’t complain about the President of the United States?
If you’re ever in London, Hyde Park is a MUSTSEE. If you are courageous, bring a crate.over 5 years ago