“You know all those things you’ve wanted to do. You should go do them.” – EJ Lamprey
I found that quote on Pinterest. It really captures the essence of a bucket list. Everything that I’ve ever wanted to do that I’m going to do at some point in my life.
Visit the State Fair of Texas: I have never been to a state fair or a fair of any kind. But if I am going to go to one, why not go all out with the biggest fair in the United States. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, so I’m willing to take a dunk in it. I’ve heard they have deep fried sandwiches and deep fried soft-drinks. How does one deep fry soft drinks? Ah, Texas State Fair. You will be my cholesterol’s biggest nightmare.
See the UK, Book Nerd Style: No, I don’t mean on a broom or in a flying motorcycle (though I wish that could happen). I was thinking more along the lines of crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct while aboard the Hogwarts express and then trying to get through platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross and finally accepting that I’m a muggle (not all in the same day, of course). A visit to Paddington station is also a must because Michael Bond’s clumsy little furball from darkest Peru is just adorable (sorry Pooh). Sherwood forest? You didn’t even have to ask.
Visit Greece: Ancient Greece, in my humble opinion, is the birthplace of mathematics. Come on, think of all the great mathematicians from Greece. Pythagoras. Euclid. Eratosthenes and his beloved sieve! It’s also the home to the many myths and stories that are still referenced today. While I can’t actually step into ancient Greece, I can enjoy the relics and very much intact, for the most part, remains of the once-great civilization (that is until I find the TARDIS or figure out how to build one).
Take Part in Holi: It’s a lot of color and a lot of stained clothing. What’s not to love? Holi is India’s most colorful festival (and let me tell you, their other festivals are pretty colorful). It’s also a reminder that for a country that has one of the highest poverty rates, India is a pretty happy place.
Visit Germany: I don’t have one set place I want to go in Germany. But it has such a rich history that the entire country is practically calling me. The Berlin Wall. The printing press. Leibniz’s house in Hannover. I can think of a million other things to see and do. The list is endless.
See the Northern Lights: Probably the most cliched bucket list item in the world, and guess what, it’s on mine as well. Suprise. Suprise. The Northern Lights are eerie and entrancing and nothing beats a light show against the snowscape of Greenland, or Finland, or wherever I’m going to see them.
Write a Book: I think everyone wants to do this at some point in their life. It’s not easy. I need an idea. I probably won’t be the next Jane Austen. But if I write something and at least one person apart from my mother (hey mom) reads it and takes something substantial away from it, then I’ll have this item checked off.
Try Something Unusual: I promise that no Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka-related situation is going on here, but I’ve always wanted to taste something that isn’t really the norm in the west. Grasshoppers. Worms. Scorpions. I don’t know what they taste like. But I’m willing to try it (from a distance it sounds like a great idea, but I really don’t know how I would feel if the fried creepy crawly was staring at me in the face).
Read a Novel Under the Parisian Sky: This needs to be in more movies. No more hand-holding in Paris. No more eye staring contests and hefty sighs. No more making out under Paris’s night sky. Novel reading in front of the Eiffel Tower is way steamier. Why not give that a try?
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What are your bucket list goals? Mine is forever growing. I just listed the top 10…because if I listed the whole thing, this post would be at least 20,000 words long. I don’t think you would like that too much.