Bucket List

Edna at Olympics Closing Ceremony

I take my bucket list very seriously.

I don’t add things willy-nilly. These aren’t just things I’d like to do “someday.” If it’s on the list, that means these are the places and things I feel I must see and do in my lifetime.

A continuous work in progress:

1. Go to Antarctica and see emperor penguinsokay, I’ve been told the emperor penguins are usually further inland. That’s fine, I’ll settle for seeing ANY penguins in Antarctica.

2a. Spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney

2b. Watch the NYE fireworks show while actually standing in Sydney Harbour (Dec 31, 2011)

3. Work an Olympic Games

4. See the Northern Lights

(Those four are the absolute top of the list. The rest are in no particular order:)

5. Swim in Halong Bay (Oct 2011)

6. Drink wine in Croatia

7. Go skydiving

8. Learn a third language

9. Visit the Galapagos Islands

10. Take crazy photos at the salt flats in Bolivia

11. See Angkor Wat at sunrise

12. Drink cinnamon beer in Estonia

13. Be on TV in a foreign country (April 2012, France and October 2012, Azerbaijan)

14. Ride in a hot air balloon

15. See the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkey

16. Go to the Everest Base Camp in Tibet or Nepal

17. Take a private flight in a tiny Cessna (December 2011)

18. Eat myself silly in the Italian countryside

19. Trek to Machu Picchu

20. Step onto a ledge of dizzying heights in Norway

21. Visit the end of the world in Sri Lanka

22. Relax in Santorini, Greece

23. Rent a car and road trip around Ireland

24. Zanzibar

25. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich

26. Work a Winter Olympics

27. Work a World Cup

28. Take a tango class in Argentina

Comments

  1. Good list! I’m so with you on the Northern Lights, drinking wine in Croatia and Galapagos Islands. I’m working on my third language and *crossing fingers* hoping to get to Thailand and Cambodia in the next year… My friend just did the night dive with giant manta rays in Hawaii and I must admit I’m quite jealous (and equally scared out of my mind)!

  2. Camila Maria says:

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing list! I have some of the same things on mine like seeing the Northern Lights, learning a third language, riding in a hot air balloon, trekking to Macchu Picchu and this summer I will get to experience #18 as I explore Italy with my sister. Food is DEFINITELY in the plan!

    http://thetravelbugandlifelessons.blogspot.com.es

  3. Camila Maria says:

    I have a few things on my list as well! I’ll be doing #18 in June! Great post :) Very inspiring!

  4. Elena says:

    wonderful list! Really want to go to Antarctica as well! Add walking with lions to it ! ; ) you would love it ! — > http://mselenalevontraveling.com/2011/11/18/zambia-solo/

  5. sanjuro says:

    Does #13 really link to the right video?

  6. Riding a hot air balloon is on my list too! I’d like to do it at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.

  7. Curious as to why you chose wine in Croatia of all places?

    • edna says:

      Back in 2010, a friend told me about his trip to Croatia and how the wine there was some of the best he’s had, but it rarely gets exported so you can only try it in Croatia. He then showed me gorgeous photos of the country and Croatia’s been on my list ever since.

  8. Magu Bee says:

    It’s great to see another person putting their Bucket List out there.
    Congrats on achieving everything you already have and wishing you a successful road ahead, with plenty of fulfilled dreams!

    I’ve been on a small mission to install the idea in my friends’ heads, as it’s not too popular in Poland, and I think it’s beginning to work:)

    Personally, I can’t wait to cross a couple of items off my list by the end of this year!

  9. Amanda says:

    Antarctica is also my top thing that I want to do! I think I’m going to try to go for my 30th birthday (Dec 2015) if I don’t make it there before then!

  10. nino says:

    I love your list…it is very do-able that is what i like about it… and it has places i must see and things i know i will do…asides sky diving of course…i will never get jumping out of a plane…

  11. I was in Ireland last winter and would be MORE THAN HAPPY to join you on that part of your bucket list! I can’t wait until you get to go there and roadtrip!

  12. Aimee says:

    Hey Edna!

    Happy to find your page on Facebook- now it will be easier to follow the blog! You’re making good progress on this excellent list. I’m looking for a skydiving partner- it’s on my list too, because it’s the scariest thing I can ever imagine doing!

  13. I absolutely love your bucket list and a few of the items there are on mine, especially spending New Year’s Eve in Sydney and Treking to Machu Picchu!

  14. Kadri says:

    Drink wine in Croatia is interesting choice. I have seen tons of documentary about penguins and they’re so adorable, so seeing penguins in Antarctica it’s good thing to have in a bucket list.

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