Having seen so little of the world than I had originally thought, I needed to revise my list. Voila! Now let me present to you, my Bucket List:
To join in the running of the bulls in Spain
To have tea and smoke a pipe in London, England
To have frog legs a fancy restaurant in Paris, France
To learn and train in Muay Thai in Thailand
To have a drink with a couple of German sisters
To ride an elephant in India
To pray on top of a mountain in Jerusalem, Israel
To get a lovely Irish redhead drunk
To bungee jump in New Zealand
To throw a boomerang and catch it on top of Ayer’s Rock in Australia
To fish in the canals of Venice, Italy
To go on a Safari in South Africa
To spend the day on a secluded island
To learn how I can hold 9 mugs of beer all at once during Oktoberfest
To see how far I can walk on the Great Wall of China
To bring home a piece of a pyramid from Egypt
To taste some açaí on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To punch NWA in the face while at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy
To go to Houston and have a problem
- So, funny anecdote: NWA and I were in Houston taking a connecting flight back to California when we realized that we haven’t made arrangements for someone to pick us up yet. He got on his phone and called up a friend and said “Hey, uhhh… We’re in Houston, we have a problem…“
To solve a Rubik’s cube
- Hint: There’s a formula you must follow.
To have a formal dinner with wine on a moving train in Napa
- The Napa Valley Wine Train is my favorite locomotive restaurant. Great food, awesome sights, and a wonderful atmosphere make it an amazing experience.
To jog or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
- It looked a lot easier on paper than it was to actually jog across this iconic bridge.
To swim naked in the campus pool at night in Los Baños, Philippines
- I’d been wanting to do this since my very first day in college. There’s nothing like the cool waters under the moon on a tropical night while evading from the campus security guards.
To throw something from the top of the Empire State building in New York
- It was a penny. I hope it didn’t land on anyone’s head. If it did, then I gave them a penny for their thoughts… (Yeah, I know. I couldn’t resist…)
To drive across the USA
- Five days and miles and miles of nothing but country.
To have sushi in Japan
- I wonder why they looked at me strangely when I asked for a California roll… I should’ve taken that opportunity to practice my Japanese: “Hajimemashite! Menu o misete kudasai.”
To climb to the top of a mountain on some island in the Pacific Ocean
- Mt. Makiling, Peak 2. That was one cold night… and the firewood was too wet to catch fire. Anyone who knows me knows how I react to the cold weather. One heck of an experience though.
To save someone’s life
- You are most welcome Val. Anyone would have done the same if they had been there instead.