Friday, 19 August 2011

Bucket Lists

According to the Merrimam-Webster Online Dictionary (under New Words and Slang) the term "Bucket List" is described as:
bucket list (noun) : A list of tasks to complete before one dies, or "kicks the bucket.".

The term was popularized in the movie of the same name starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
We all have one (whether we write it down or not) - the things we'd like to do in this life. So here is mine. Please note that I have included stuff that I have already accomplished. The stuff I have yet to accomplish is subject to change in the future. I also have marked the items that I have already done as well by striking them out in red. :-)

Eeva's Bucket List (and in no particular order)

  • Backpack around the world for a year hitting 6 continents  - that means circling the entire globe
  • Go Skydiving
  • Get my Driver's License (did it at age 16)
  • Move to Vancouver
  • Visit Antarctica
  • Write a book
  • Ride a camel
  • Be part of a flash mob
  • Go to a Vancouver Canucks game
  • Do the Grouse Grind (in North Vancouver)
  • Start a blog 
  • Take a road trip through the USA and Canada
  • Learn massage and make a career out of it 
  • Have my own apartment 
  • Own my own home (condo or house)
  • Live in Australia for at least a year
  • Climb Mount Fuji (I heard it's not that difficult)
  • Do the Camino de Santiago de Campostelo pilgramage for my 50th birthday
  • Celebrate my 40th birthday atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Go see the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil
  • Learn to read Tarot Cards
  • Meet a celebrity
  • Win big on the lottery (okay, so I know this one is hard to achieve and is by chance but I still want it)
Eeva's Travel-related Bucket List (again, in no particular order).
  • Finland (where my parents grew up)
  • Malta
  • Mexico x5
  • Bhutan
  • Ecuador
  • Bolivia and its salt flats
  • Argentina (Salta's Train to the Clouds)
  • Chile and Easter Island
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia
  • Jamaica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Australia
  • Indonesia (Sulawesi, Flores, Komodo Island, Rote Island, Java)
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea
  • Cambodia (to see Ankor Wat)
  • India (only to see the Taj Mahal)
  • France (Paris, Cote d'Azur) x3
  • Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa)
  • Vatican City
  • Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Dawson City [Yukon], PEI)
  • China (only to see The Great Wall of China)
  • Egypt
  • The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • England
  • USA (NYC, New Orleans, San Francisco, Montana, Arizona, Texas, New England area, Washington DC, Seattle, Portland [Oregon])
  • Revisit New York City to see if I really do dislike it or was it circumstances
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Croatia (Dalmatian coast)
  • Bangladesh
  • Albania 
  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Aruba
A few extras that I never expected that I'd do/see. They weren't on my list but were still cool
  • Seen a film/TV set (several times)
  • Hold an Olympic medal (It was the Bronze sample medal [Beijing])
  • See Egyptian artifacts (at a museum in Victoria, BC)
  • Be in a city that held the Olympic games (Vancouver 2011 Winter Olympics)
  • Experience the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in my city (2011)
  • Visited the following (these were not on my travel list but didn't turn them down)
    • Las Vegas, Florida, New Mexico, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden (day trip), St Martin/Sint Maarten, Bahamas x 2, Margarita Island (Venezuela), Majorca (Balearic Islands), Cuba, Switzerland
  • Stayed in a French Chateau and visited a swanky hotel's wine cellar
  • Eaten first class meals for a week (Loire Valley, France)
  • Seen the Hope Diamond (Smithsonian, Washington DC)
  • Spent a Canada Day in Ottawa, ON
  • Went Ziplining
Overall, yes there is plenty left on my list, however, if I'm gonna dream, I might as well dream big!  Good luck on your Bucket List - make it happen!!!

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