The thing about a published bucket list is there's the chance to revisit it "out loud." By making it public it has a way of making it real, of taking a life of its own. Here's my list from 2012 and the updates since then are updated. The first item on my list is one that has me in tears, as my dear friend passed away in July after courageously battling pancreatic cancer for 16 months. It will remain on my bucket list.
The rest of what you see below in BOLD can now be moved to the DONE list. I will add more new things to my never-ending list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket.
Paris - with my dear friend, C, and our two daughters. Our goal is to go the year our youngest children graduate from high school and before we begin our lives as "empty nesters."
Mexico - to build houses for impoverished families. April 2012
Australia - When it's winter here, we'll be enjoying summer down under. I want to see a koala and visit one of my brother's colleagues. December 17, 2012-Jan 5, 2013.
Mount Rushmore, S. Dakota - just because it's there.
Maui, Hawaii - Celebrate my 2nd daughter's high school graduation. August 2013
Lincang, China - Teach English to Chinese students.
Beijing, China - walk the Great Wall and see Tienanmen Square.
Hong Kong - ride the star ferry with my family and eat lots of dim sum.
Fiji - eat fresh seafood by the beach and watch the sunset.
Tokyo, Japan - Get shoved in the subway like sardines and eat lots of tempura and sushi.
Venice, Italy - Have my husband serenade me as we ride a gondola.
Vienna, Austria - Stroll the gardens at Schonbrunn.
Bali - check out the surfers at Kuta Beach. And check them out some more.
Costa Rica - Capture some amazing bird photos.
Brugge, Brussels - eat at the Den Dyver and have a meal paired with beer. Have some chocolate and espresso at Dagelijks Brood.
Alaska - See an iceberg, polar bear and penguin. My husband went there without me in 2014! It will remain on my bucket list.
Vancouver, Canada - eat Dim Sum in Chinatown and hike in Stanley Park. Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Toronto, Ontario - see the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and buy a touristy souvenir.
Boston, MA - have a tea party and go on a duck tour. We did the Ride the Duck in San Francisco, and did the sister Duck Tour in Boston. June 2012 & October 2013
New York City - see a Broadway play and get an actor's autograph. It was fanastic. We saw "Wicked," waited outside the stage door, and got EVERYONE's autograph! June 2013. We also stood in line and got autographs from Cabaret actors Emma Stone and Alan Cummings.
London - Have tea with the queen. Or with my husband. Shop Harrod's, see Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Walk the Millennium Bridge. Eat fish and chips and smashed peas. I've been to London numerous times, but never with JUST my husband. This is a city I would like to visit with just him. We have been several times before, but we love London.
Take a cruise on the French Riviera. See Nice, France - Lie on the beach and wade in the ocean. See the sunset.
Rome, Italy - attend mass at St. Peter's Basilica. See the Sistine Chapel. Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
Austin, Texas - dine and listen to music with my husband at Stubb's Bar-B-Q.
Switzerland - Ski in the Swiss Alps. Zermatt or Camonix?
Live for 6 months in Europe. Starting with a flat in Paris.
Taipei, Taiwan - shop and eat at the night markets. See the Palace Museum. Visit a former student.
Sip on Scotch in Scotland, visit the monster at Loch Ness, wear a crown at the Edinburgh Castle, check out the kilts in the highlands, take a photo with Douglas in front of a Douglas Fir Tree.
Get the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, sleep in an Irish castle, star gaze in Cork, drive the Ring of Kerry, walk from Bray to Greystone, drive the Wild Atlantic Way.
I've checked the following off my list:
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Rode "It's a Small World" in Disneyland, Disney World and Euro Disney. Heard a French girl say "howdy" in Frontierland in Euro Disney.
Traveled the world to see Sea World in San Diego, Orlando, and Barcelona.
Took our girls to the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and rode the Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge, Flight of the Hippogriff and drank lots of Butterbeer.
Swam with the Dolphins in Discovery Cove, Florida.
Celebrated my eldest daughter's high school graduation in Maui, Hawaii.
Sent postcards from Paris via the Eiffel Tower on Christmas Day, 2008. Had hot cocoa in the tower as we experienced a black out. Shopped Marchés Noël, ate chocolat crepes in the Latin Quarter, bought an antique book for a friend, and got upgraded to a suite overlooking the Eiffel Tower on New Year's Eve.
Attended the Ceremony of the Keys in London, visited mummies at the British museum, rode a double decker bus, shopped Harrod's and bought some British edition books.
Drank beer in a pub in Amsterdam, visited our former flat with our girls, had Dutch pancakes for breakfast.
Ate Maryland crabs with cousins at Bethany Beach, DE. Rode go-carts, went water skiing and went boogey boarding.
Circled the statue of liberty on the Staten Island Ferry, rode a limo from Times Square to Little Italy, saw Ground Zero, saw Phantom of the Opera and bought an I Heart NY T-Shirt in NYC.
Ate burgers in paradise at Burgers in Paradise in Laihana, Maui.
Took a first class sleeper train from San Jose to Vail, Colorado. Skied Vail for a week with great friends.
Saw a re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, saw the Liberty Bell, and ate in Chinatown in Philadelphia.
Flew first class from Maui to San Francisco.
Lived abroad in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Lived for a year in Taipei, Taiwan as a college Sophomore.
Celebrated Thanksgiving in Grenoble, France with dear friends.
Saw the Tour de France finale in Paris.
Ate Belgian waffles in Brussels. Shopped for diamonds in the diamond district.
Celebrated milestone birthdays 9, 13, 16, 50 on a cruise to the Mexican Rivera. Ports of call included Cabo San Lucas, Puerta Vallarta and Mazatlan.
Actually went camping and slept in a tent (more than 1 time!)
Rode a train from Amsterdam to Paris, and rode the Chunnel from Paris to London. Went on track 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Rail Station in London. Stood on Point Zero in Paris.
As a flight attendant for Pan Am, I lived in Hawaii for 6 weeks of training. My first official flight in uniform was to Tokyo, Japan. I was based out of JFK and commuted from Washington, D.C. Some of the most memorable places I traveled to include: Caracas, Saudi Arabia, Istanbul, Bombay, Frankfurt, Shannon, Dublin, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Monrovia, Nairobi.