At some point, every fan of HBO's "Game of Thrones" or George R.R. Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire" has fantasized about visiting Westeros, the fantastical continent on which most of the action in the series takes place. The scenery and architecture seems so much more beautiful, and the lives of the Westerosi so much more dramatic and exciting, than they do on plain old Earth.
But for all it's imaginary natural beauty, Westeros affords its denizens lives that are, for the most part, nasty, brutish and short. They face all the calamities faced by Europeans in the Middle Ages, but also clash with dragons, warlocks and ice zombies. Also, Westeros doesn't exist.