Bucket List

My growing bucket list (in no particular order):

  •  Swim in Santorini and ride a donkey around the villages of the island.Checked off on 5/26/2013 for my birthday trip.
  • Climb the Great Wall of China.
  • Sit in front of the Eiffel Tower while having wine and cheese.
  • To gaze up at the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Stomp grapes at both Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
  • Meet  the four US presidents at Mount Rushmore.
  • Go on a cruise. Been on 5 cruises to date.
  • Drive cross-country. Which country? 🙂 –  Completed on 10/12/15 Drove all over Spain.
  • Spelunking in a wild cave. Completed on 8/17/12 at the Organ Caves in West Virginia.
  • Hawaii, Hawaii, Hawaii!
  • Milk a cow.
  • Be fluent in Mandarin and order at Starbucks in Shanghai.
  • Drive down the legendary Overseas Highway (Highway 1) from Miami to Key West.  Completed on 5/22/11 as part of my birthday trip.
  • Parahawking in Nepal.
  • Watch a live Texan rodeo.
  • Meet a monk.
  • Swim with the dolphins.
  • ATV adventure. Checked off on 10/26/13 during my trip to Costa Rica!
  • Learn to churn butter and make cheese.
  • Attend mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City.
  • See the Egyptian pyramids and answer the riddle of the Sphinx.
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  • Snorkeling tour.   Completed on my birthday 5/22/2011 in Key Largo. I saw the Statue of Christ of the Abyss.
  • Learn belly dancing.
  • Climb the Swiss Alps. Accomplished on 09/29/14 How Switzerland Stole My Heart In A Day
  • Own an authentic hookah. Thanks to a friend who bought me a hookah from the Middle East!
  • Climb a lighthouse.
  • Go on a volcano tour. Santorini volcano tour 5/26/13.
  • Learn to play a traditional asian instrument.
  •  Meet a real gypsy. I’ve encountered a few gypsies in Athens and Rome.
  • Wear an authentic sari.
  • Zipline adventure in Costa Rica. checked off on 10/26/13 trip.
  • Hike the Appalachian trail. Ongoing. Hiked parts of the Appalachian trails in CT, MA, VT, VA.
  • Horseback riding on the beach. Checked off on 11/14/15 in Punta Cana.
  • Learn to say “Hello” and “Thank you” in different languages.Ongoing. “Aloha, ¡Hola!, Ni Hao, Apa kabar, Bonjour, …)
  • Learn to say “I love you” in different languages. Ongoing. (Mahal kita, Je taime, Saranghae, Te Amo, Wo Ai Ni, Ich liebe dich…)
  • Teach English in a foreign country.
  • Write a travel novel and get published.
  • Learn to scuba dive.
  • Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Drive down Route 66.
  • Go dune bashing in the desert. Went dune bashing in Dubai 2/20/14.
  • Go on an African safari.
  • Ride a camel. Rode the camel during a desert safari in Dubai 2/20/14.
  • Visit and volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
  • Visit Victoria Falls.
  • Meet a geisha.
  • Carnival in Brazil.
  • Own a beach house in the Philippines.
  • Ride a Ferrari.  Completed on June 2010 at a Ferrari event.
  • Sleep in a castle.
  • Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner.
  • Have a tarot card reading.
  • Visit a Buddhist monastery.
  • Get my chakras aligned.
  • Visit all 50 states. 31 states and counting…
  • Buy real cowboy boots and stetson hat.  Completed June 2007 in Texas.
  • Watch a sumo wrestling match in Japan.
  • Experience a Medieval times dinner and tournament.
  • Go backpack hiking and camping. Completed April 2012 in Stratton Mountain, VT.
  • Write a prayer and place it at the Western Wall of Jerusalem.
  • Experience the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippines.
  • Island hopping in Palawan!!