What Is On Your Bucket List? (If you have one)I understand the sentiment behind writing a bucket list, but I have never really thought of myself as having one. A list of things to do or places to see, before one kicks the proverbial bucket just doesn’t appeal to me.
Of course, I do have a list. But these are generally things that I hope to achieve in the next year or two, or at a push in the next 5 - 10 years. Forgive me for being overly optimistic… but I really do hope to live considerably longer than that.
I make at least two lists every year. One in January, of the things I hope to achieve over the next 12 months, and another in December with all the things that that have happened over the past year that have been awesome.
List one doesn’t always match list two, but having written them down, it does reminds me of my goals and also of how fortunate I am to live the life I do. It’s the impending death that awaits at the end of the bucket list that is the real problem for me.
Another thing that I find strange around the notion of a bucket list, is that once you have ticked something off, where does it go? Trekking in the Himalayas, or bungee jumping in New Zealand just becomes ‘the stuff I’ve done’. And when I actually think about ‘the stuff I’ve done’, much of it would have been, or should have been, on my bucket list, had I ever made one.
And so, dear reader, I have decided to write my list of ‘awesome stuff that I’ve done’ that would be on my bucket list if I hadn’t already done them.
1. Bungee jumped in New Zealand at the age of 14.
Only in New Zealand would this have been allowed, but I am glad I did it when I did. I am far too safety conscious now.
2. Hiked to the mouth of the Ganges in the Himalayan foothills.
Having followed the river across India from Varanasi it was amazing to see where it all began. It was quite a steady walk, staying at ashrams along the way. Getting up to see the sun rise was breathtaking.
3. Walked barefoot around the Taj Mahal, Agra.
Technically you have to walk bare foot thought the Taj, but it defiantly adds to the whole experience.
4. Stayed the night in the Golden Temple, Amritsar.
If you arrive early you can arrange to stay in the hostel at the back of Golden Temple. They also serve an impressive lunch there every day to 1000’s of pilgrims who visit the site.
5. Stood inside La Sagrada Familia.
As impressive as it is from the outside, being stood inside La Sagrada Familiar and looking up to the roof is even better. I’d recommend the view for the tower too.
6. Experienced an all American Thanks Giving in upstate New York.
Courtesy of a now ex-boyfriend, I spent Thanks Giving with his family in Buffalo, NY. Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and a 4am start for the Black Friday sales.
7. Taken a selfie at Niagara Falls.
Across the bridge from Buffalo, I spent the day on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The amount of the water is just insane, and the falls are gorgeous!
8. Learned how to drink wine.
I spent the day on wine course, with 7 white in the morning, a desert wine with lunch and 7 reds in the afternoon. Once I knew what I was looking for, I could enjoy the wine I drank much more. I also got to know the difference between a good deal or just cheap bottle of plonk.
9. Been to Clown School.
This was well before the Clown epidemic of 2016. I took clown as an elective module in my undergrad and just loved it. After graduating I went on a week long clown course and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time round.
10. Gone on a European road trip with two of my best friends (and stayed friends).
London to Lyon, through the Pyrenees, Toledo, Salamanca, Madrid (by accident), Lisbon, and home - all in a Peugeot 106.
11. Finished Atlas Shrugged.
People say that it is one of life's great achievements if you can make it to the end of Atlas Shrugged. There is a 90 page monologue toward the end which is pretty painful, but actually it is one of my favourite books, and the chances are I will read it again at some point.
12. Taken a Spanish Course in Spain.
This was actually the first time I travelled alone, and I should really add it to the tips for meeting people as a solo traveller, as I met some amazing people and had so much fun. My Spanish if anything got worse on the trip. My salsa dancing however did improve.
13. Been scared out of my wits at Halloween in California.
The Americans know how to go all out for a holiday. I spent an evening a Knott's Scarey Farm Fright Night, exploring the mazes and getting scared out of my skin. I could feel my heart in my mouth. It would turn out I have a bit of a nervous disposition.
14. Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Over a mile across, I was lucky to have a rare fog-free day and there were some amazing view of the city and bay area.
15. Organised a music event with my friends.
Lots of work, but it is totally worth it! and every time I know that I will do it again, so far it’s been World Cancer Day, Oxjam Dalston and VannFest. I imagine there will be more.
16. Become a Glastonbury veteran.
Six under my belt and loving it more and more every time. I expect there will come a day when I just can’t handle it anymore, but as long as I stay lucky with the weather I imagine I will continue to think of it as the greatest place on earth.
17. Lived in two Olympic Cities, (at the time of the Olympics).
The atmosphere is amazing in the city when the Olympic’s are in town, and I don’t think that people realize just how amazing it will be until you are there. London, Rio, maybe Tokyo!
18. Danced Salsa in Buenos Aires.
I really feel like I should be bragging about Tango here, and I did try, but Salsa was more successful, and more fun.
19. Lived on four continents.
So I am defining ‘living’ as 3 months or more in one go, and so far my count is Europe (UK), Australasia (NZ), Asia (India) and now South America on my 2016 trip.
20. Met some absolutely incredible people, and had more fun than I ever thought possible.
This is something that I think it is always important to remember, and so I add it to the end of every list I make.