The Bucket List

One day on a particularly dull/slow day at work, I finally put my “bucket list” down on paper. Even though I don’t particularly agree with the idea of such a list, since I think I will always find new things to add and therefore never actually complete the list, I liked having a nice, neat compilation of things I’ve done and goals that I have. So without further ado…my bucket list, with a bit of info about each of the things that I’ve completed! Naturally, it’s almost entirely composed of travel-based goals.

  • bungy jump from the Macau Tower
764 feet of badassery that gave me a wicked case of the giggles


  • be kissed under the Eiffel Tower — Unfortunately no photographic proof on this one, but long story short, I was walking under the Eiffel Tower with some friends, a Parisian man approached us, told me that I had ‘magnefique’ hair, kissed me, and walked away. (Yeah, I still don’t understand what happened, either.)


  • wear a kimono
And it was a pretty gorgeous one, at that.


  • attend a World Cup match
  • go on a safari in Africa
  • release a floating lantern in Thailand
  • stand on “The Bolt” at Lysefjorden, Norway
  • see van Gogh’s Starry Night
  • visit Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam
  • visit Platform 9 3/4
Too bad I couldn’t go through.


  • go to Comic Con
  •  swim in the pools at Pammukale
  • visit the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
  • stand under the Torii on Miyajima

  • climb Mt. Fuji
Huzzah! The summit, in all its rainy, grey glory. No sunrise to be seen, but I made it to the top, and that was the important thing.
Huzzah! The summit, in all its rainy, grey glory. No sunrise to be seen, but I made it to the top, and that was the important thing.


  • swim at Navagio Beach on Zakynthos
  • see Sigur Rós in concert
I sobbed like a lunatic.


  • go to Keukenhof
  • prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • see Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss at the Louvre
I blame Brit Lit II for this item.


  • visit Machu Picchu
  • hike to Neuschwanstein — This happened so long ago, I don’t even know where the pictures are. All I do remember is that it felt like it took six hours to climb up to it.
  • visit Mont Saint Michel
Hogwarts, in the flesh.


  • visit a movie set
To Middle Earth and back again.


  • buy jewelry from the Jade Market in Hong Kong
A barterer’s dream come true.


  • buy something on the Champs des Élyseés — Somehow I don’t have a picture of the dress, but it’s quite a knockout. Plus I get to use the phrase, “Oh, I just found it in this little boutique in Paris.”
  • visit Angkor Wat
  • have something I wrote appear in a major national publication
…and it’s about having a foursome with the stars of The Vampire Diaries. Naturally.


  • see the ruins at Petra
  • throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain
  • walk on the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia
  • attach a lock on the Hohenzollernbrücke
  • kiss Oscar Wilde’s tomb
And then an elderly French man chastised me.
  • stand in the ruins of the Parthenon
Words, there really are none.


  • get a tattoo that has a special meaning
My life’s philosophy in ink form.


  • live in a foreign country — Yeah, I think I’ve got that one covered.
  • fly first class
  • jump off a cliff
  • hike the full Torres del Paine circuit in Patagonia


For the Foodies – I travel for two things, mainly: good views and amazing food. This smaller list is dedicated to that second category.

11 thoughts on “The Bucket List”

  1. “- own a pair of Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, or Manolo Blahnik heels (Look, I can be a stereotypical female at times. Don’t judge.)”

    Darling, why stop at one? Aim for the holy trinity of a Choo, a Loubie and a Blahnik… I’m 2 out of 3 right now… on the quest for a Blahnik pair I like – problem is his latest collections are not really to my taste…

    And it’s SO cool that you’ve been to Hobbiton!! We are hoping to make it to a 2-week campervan journey in South Island over summer next year… LoTR/Hobbit movie site tour = awesome. I am hoping to buy some elf ears while I’m there… 🙂


    1. Oof, jealous that you’re making it down to the southern island! I was only on the northern one when I was there, but I definitely want to go back to explore south. (And bungee jumping in Queenstown is on my to-do list, as well!)


  2. There are two types of people in this world, some keep doing the just the same thing over and over again during their entire life and then there are others who manage to do whole lot of things in just one life…
    (Yeh world hai na, world, isme do tarah ke log hote hain, ek jo saari zindagi ek hi kaam karte hain, aur doosre, jo ek hi zindagi mein saare kaam …)

    Not my words but something I recall from a Indian/ Bollywood movie…

    God bless you and I am sure you will be able to cross out all the things from your bucket list and make some newer entries too 🙂 You are an inspiration.


  3. Looks like the rest of us have a lot of catching up to do! 😀 How are you liking teaching in Japan, by the way? I’m thinking of doing the same in South Korea in a couple of years (need to finish my degree first!).


    1. I honestly have never been happier; coming here was one of the best choices I ever made. If you’re even considering coming to this part of the world to teach, I definitely urge you to apply. If you don’t like it, most programs only require a commitment on a year-to-year basis! 🙂


      1. Maybe I’ll have to try out Korea and Japan then! See which one I prefer! haha
        Did you complete a TEFL course or did you study education at university?


      2. Neither, actually. For many teaching programs in SE Asia, you only need a college degree; it doesn’t really matter what you studied. However, I majored in English literature and had a lot of informal teaching experience (camp counselor, TA, private tutor), so that has helped me a lot.


      3. Ah – ok! Yeah – I’m majoring in archaeology, medieval history and Italian so I’m in the process of doing a TEFL course – so that I’m not completely at sea!


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