Sunday, 6 January 2013

Bucket list

Since it's a new year, I thought it was fitting to type up my bucket list. I don't do new year resolutions as I am the kind of person who makes lifestyle changes throughout the year and sticks with them. I often think about my bucket list as I've always lived by the motto 'you only live once' so I want to accomplish and see as much of the world as I can.  I'm also the kind of person who loves making lists and crossing them off, it makes me feel like I've accomplished something.

"You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough."
- Joe E Lewis

Still to do:

  • Visit Australia and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • See a wild polar bear
  • Have my garden photographed in a magazine
  • Win a photo contest or even better, become a wildlife photographer
  • Visit Paris, France
  • Learn a 3rd language, possibly Spanish
  • Explore Antarctica
  • Travel to the Seychelles and swim with a whale shark
  • See the Northern Lights (we weren't able to see them in Iceland as it was too cloudy)
  • Go on a backpacking camping trip in the mountains
  • Swim with wild dolphins
  • Live in a different country
  • Stargaze at an observatory
  • See the Egyptian pyramids
  • See wild gorillas
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • See a wild tiger
  • Photograph wild horses, most likely Sable Island
  • Vacation at Cape Cod 
  • See a professional soccer match in Europe
  • Participate in a triathlon (probably the thing on my list I'm least likely to do, but I still dream of doing it)
  • Take a volunteer vacation to a foreign country to help with injured/sick animals
  • Go on a bicycle road trip
  • Go birdwatching in Belize
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Hear a wolf howl
  • Ride a camel in the desert
  • Visit Alaska
  • Visit Russia 
Completed (in random order)
  • See the Grand Canyon (2008)
  • Go on an African Safari (Kenya & Tanzania 2002)
  • Visit a South American rainforest (Ecuador 2004)
  • See a wild grizzly bear (BC 2006)
  • Hike up a mountain (Gros Morne Nfld 2003, Camels Hump VT 2007)
  • Go canoe camping (Algonquin Park)
  • Volunteer with animals (Ottawa Humane Society, Ottawa Wildlife Center, Arnprior Humane Society)
  • Snorkel in the ocean (Galapagos 2004)
  • See a wild shark (saw while snorkeling in Galapagos 2004)
  • Visit Europe (been to England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain)
  • Visit Iceland (2010)
  • See an iceberg (Iceland 2010)
  • Learn to ballroom dance (learned swing and ballroom 2001-03)
  • Become vegetarian
  • Go whale watching
  • Hike on a glacier (Iceland 2010)
  • Learn to speak French
  • Own a pool (2011)
  • See orca whales (BC 2006)
  • Have a house with a large front porch for reading (2006)
  • See Phantom of the Opera (Toronto 1994)
  • Ride a gondola in Venice, Italy (2000)
  • Attend a Cirque du Soleil show
  • Visit a German concentration camp (Dacau 2002)
  • Go to Disneyland (Tokyo Disney 2002)
  • Play in the ringette national championships (won gold in 2002)
  • Drive the Cabot trail (2003 honeymoon)
  • See Buckingham Palace (1989)
Some pictures from my trips are posted on Eric's website.

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