Bucket List

A work in progress, an ever-changing, ever-evolving, compilation of dreams, visions and hopes for my present and future self to flourish in the abundance and beauty life and this world have to offer.

Total Goals: 97

Completed Goals: 12

ACADEMIC (1/7)

Learn to speak Italian while living in Italy for a year.

Brush up on my Spanish to the point where I can easily hold a conversation.

Read cover to cover my early 1900’s Cambridge edition of the complete works of Shakespeare. In the process, also read all the beautiful scripted notes carefully folded between its pages by the previous owner.

Read all the great American classics.

Learn to speak French.

Publish something. Anything. Be it an article, book, short story, poem… anything at all. Blog not included.

Study Art History. Either online, Khan Academy videos, gallery workshops, actual university courses… Anything, merely solidify my foundations of art.

EXTRACURRICULAR (9/27)

Attend Electric Forest.

Complete a Tough Mudder challenge.

Ride a trained racehorse around a racetrack.

Attend Governor’s Ball on Randall’s Island in NYC. 

Travel to Nashville for the Country Music Festival. Party down in the honky tonks. 

Bonnaroo – Any year with a good line up and stay for the entire thing.

Get another tattoo. I currently have a small one behind my ear, it is Sanskrit for Fearlessness, but there are a few larger ones I’ve been contemplating for the past few years but have not had the guts to go through with as they are all fairly large and colorful. I should really take advice from my first tattoo.

Attend the Kentucky Derby with a big hat and fitted frock. Mint Juleps a must.

Get my motorcycle license and purchase a Harley Davidson Street Bob or Nightster.

Learn to sail a sailboat, rent / borrow one and take it on a journey from Newport, RI to Florida (or charter one and assist in the process).

Learn to play polo. A sport I’ve attended a few times in Newport, RI and have had the opportunity to work with some really good trainers in the past, but it was never the right time to pursue.

Ride every subway system in the world. New York, Boston, and Madrid are already scratched off the list.

Watch a Red Sox game in Fenway Park. I’m more of a Yankee’s fan (though I don’t really care about baseball), but I’ve seen them play in Yankee Stadium already. I’m more interested in seeing all the Boston fans freak out. They get so intense over their teams.

Tailgate at a Super Bowl. With ticket prices in the thousands, tailgating outside the stadium would suffice and be AWESOME! Great chance to meet some fun people. Ideally I’d like it to be a game the Giants are playing in.

Own a gun, preferably multiple. I want a shotgun, rifle, a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.

Have a library. Ideally either its own room with high ceilings and big windows, but I also like the look of it lofted over the living room with a spiral staircase going up and a big bay window (a gorgeous Tudor house in my youth was host to this style).

Get my scuba diving certification. I went diving while in Hawaii, no certification required, and it was an interesting experience. Once I got used to being under the water I loved it! Would love to be able to do more of it, in warm waters only of course.

Collect art throughout my travels. No limit to specific forms or structure. This is something I will be pursuing throughout my entirely life. In terms of scratching it off the list, once I have a few pieces I feel are significant, I’ll scratch it off. Though I will continue to make an effort to collect pieces from the various places I visit.

Raise and train a horse from foal to outstanding show jumper or dressage horse (I throw in the dressage because I REALLY want a Friesian and they do not make the best jumpers).

Take a pottery class… or a few, and make my own mugs and bowls.

Run a 5K. I’d love to go big and say marathon, but I’d probably die and I don’t enjoy running enough to bother. A 5K for charity would be fun and exhilarating.

Raise a litter of puppies. Not my own, but foster a pregnant shelter dog through the birthing process and raising of the pups. Maybe keep one!

Ride in the Five Boro Bike Tour and survive all 40 miles. 

Learn how to knit and make a traditional Icelandic sweater out of the Icelandic wool I bought in Reykjavik.

Make my own moonshine and brew my own beer.

Go sky diving! (This may be removed at some point as the older I get, the less and less interest I have in doing this.)

Take professional dancing lessons and learn all the classics.

PROFESSIONAL (0/6)

Earn one of those whopping bonuses the hipsters of America riot against.

Become a certified yoga instructor. A hot yoga studio near where I live runs a 200 hour certification program that is incredibly intense and strenuous both physically and mentally. I would love to do something like that when I have the time and money.

Culinary school. Something everyone should do at some point in their life. I currently have a vision of going to Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California, but this may change.

Nutrition school. There is a school in Toronto I would love to go to. However, that is more of a full time endeavor. This goal may need to be completed on a part time basis.

Start a small business. Ideally online with little overhead.

Find a career I truly love and am passionate about. Like many, I’ve struggled to find a career that drives me both personally and professionally. This may take my entire life, or never happen at all, but it is certainly something worth striving for.

TRAVEL (2/59)

Visit all 50 states and Puerto Rico (33/51).

Visit the picturesque towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany and Lindau, Germany.

Travel to Portugal and see the Benagil Cave. If seas are calm enough, swim there from Benagil Beach. Also visit the Sintra and the Pena Palace.

Visit the country of Oman and see Muscat, Wahiba Desert, Raz Al Jinz, Salalah, and Jebel Akhdar.

Hike the 7 mile trek to the Devil’s Bathtub in Scott County, Virginia.

Visit the idyllic village of Giethoorn, Netherlands which has no roads and only beautiful canals and wooden arch bridges.

Ride every single roller coaster at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio.

Climb to the top of Mount Washington and beat the average time of hikers.

Visit every European country at least once, hitting the main tourist attractions and consuming copious amounts of local flavor and liquor (6/50).

Spend at least two months traversing Asia. While in South Korea visit the Seoraksan National Park to see the temples, rock formations, and hot springs; visit Jeju Island, and the Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul.

As I have never been, spend a weekend in Vegas, VIP style, gallivanting along the strip, gambling my money away and getting wasted on free casino drinks. 

Head back to Vegas and get wet in the Golden Nugget Pool alongside sharks.

Seek out adventure on the small island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. See the Le Morne Brabant UNESCO World Heritage Site, the seven colored earths in Chamarel, and Port Louis.

Vision quest. Not 100% sure what this entails, but Native American style, smoke house, alone in the desert, vision quest. I’ll figure it out when I get there.

Kazakhstan… Yes, Borat’s home turf. The city of Almaty is an extremely new city with futuristic architecture and an upscale vibe. See the Tian Shan Mountains, Ascension Cathedral, and the Big Almaty Lake.

Spend a year abroad living in a major city in Italy (Rome, Florence, Sienna, Venice… No idea which yet, I need to visit first) to reconnect with passion, life and the nectar of the gods that is red wine. Honestly, open to living anywhere in Europe for a year so this destination may change.

Purchase beautiful, brightly colored silks in a Moroccan market place.

Go on one of the self-guided horseback riding vacations by EquiTours where they give you a horse, a map and a bagged lunch and tell you to have fun. There is one in the South of France I have been eyeing for the past few years. There is also a trip in Wales called Free Rein.

Visit New Orleans, ideally for the Jazz Festival or Mardi Gras. This trip requires getting weird at the Fleur de Tease.

Travel to Cyprus to visit Kyrenia, Limassol, and Kourion. Horseback ride through Pissouri Village.

Complete the epic road trip across America, outlined during senior year of college and not yet incorporated. A 7500+ mile journey from New York City across the country to San Francisco, down the Californian coast and back through the southern states to New York, hitting all the amazing cities and beautiful sights in between. About a month of creepy gas station stops, late night drives, shots of bourbon with mid-westerners, wide open spaces, new cities, fresh faces, and great experiences. As I see more of the US, this may alter. However, driving across the country is something I MUST experience.

Take a donkey ride down the Grand Canyon and spend a night or two at Phantom Lodge before making the trek back to the top.

Visit Nambia which has the oldest desert in the world and see Etosha National Park, Lidertiz, and the Giants’ Playground.

Attend Carnival in Brazil with my gorgeous friends and many brightly colored dazzling outfits and fruity cocktails.

Spend a few days in Pamplona, Spain during the Running of the Bulls.

Visit the Maldives before they slip into the deep blue sea, forever lost to the world and stay in the Conrad Underwater Hotel.

See the Aurora Borealis from a glass igloo in Lapland.

Go on a safari through the Serengeti and take lots and lots of photos.

Camp the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, without breaks. I think it takes roughly five or six months. Not sure when I’d do it, maybe take off of work. I’ve never camped for more than one night and I have only slept on the ground once. This should be interesting.

Stay in the Hotel de Glace in Québec City without getting frostbite.

See the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Travel through Belgium and spend some time in the fairy tale city of Brugges.

Spend a weekend at Arabella Rock Resort in Colorado skiing, curling up by the fireplace with a steaming mug of hot cocoa and enjoying the winter weather.

Visit the Red City of Petra in Jordan.

Hike to The Wave at midday, located on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona border, and snap many  photos.

Go to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, tallest building in the world.

Visit Niagra Falls for a romantic getaway with someone very special and take a ride on Maid of the Mist. Get wet, very wet.

Visit Watkins Glen State Park in New York and see the 19 waterfalls.

Tour a vineyard in Napa Valley California and sip every wine offered.

Travel to Kenya and split my time between Giraffe Manor, Solio Lodge, Sala’s Camp and Sasaab. It is going to be a long trip.

Stay in the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Malaysia and walk the length of the Canopy Walkway.

Visit Munich for Oktoberfest.

Latvia – Sun bathe on white sand beaches, visit Riga where the town hall as the House of the Blackheads, see the Gauja River, and explore Kemeri National Park.

Samoa – Swim in the To Sua Ocean Trench, see Papapapaitai Falls, and drive Cross Island road.

Travel to Uruguay and swim at Punta del Diablo, party at Punta del Este, explore Montevideo’s Plaza Independencia, visit Casa Pueblo Resort in Punta Ballena, and explore the lush countryside by horseback.

Travel to France. Find romance in Paris and ride horses through Southern France.

Visit Australia to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, explore Sydney, and take a trip into the outback.

Take a boat ride to the Galapagos Islands. Ideally do this in combination with a horseback riding tour through Ecuador.

Visit Guatemala and explore the Tital National Park, Lake Peteri Itza, the volcanos, lagoons, and Parque Central in Antigua.

Travel to Grindelwald, Switzerland and walk the cliff walk dangling on the side of a mountain.

Visit Papua New Guinea (with a tour) and explore the Kokoda Trek or journey to a sing-sing festival, visit the capital Port Moresby, and enjoy some snorkeling in the beautiful waters.

Travel to Newfoundland, Canada and explore the miles of unspoiled coastline, go whale watching, explore the fjords and Iceberg Alley (May-September). Visit Gros Morne National Park and see the neon jellyfish.

Bring my childhood nightmares to life and visit the country of Count Dracula. Visit the medieval towns of Romania including Brasov with the Black Church at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Sibiu City, visit the mysterious Glacier Lake Balea, visit Rasnov castle, and drive alone the hairpin turns of the Transfagarasan Road to see Corvin Castle in Transylvania. Also spent a few days exploring Bucharest.

Prepare to be awestruck in Laos! Step away from the city and enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the waterfalls, mountains, and rice fields of Laos. Visit Viet Vang, Kuang Si Falls, Mu Cang Chai, and Buddha Park in Vientiane.

Travel to Azerbaijan to experience this unique untapped part of the world. Start my trip in Baku (the Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), move out to the quaint rural villages at the base of the Great Caucasus Mountains, and ride horses or hike through Xinaliq.

Sit at an outdoor restaurant along the river walk in Ljubljana, Slovenia, visit the Postojna Cave, and storybook Lake Bled. Dine at Bled Castle and stroll the Vintgar Gorge. Visit Piran on the Adriatic Sea.

Visit the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Anse Source D’Argent is considered one of the best beaches in the world. Beau Vallon are also stunning. Mahe Island has beautiful jungle flora and coastal towns perfect for hiking and exploring.

Spend some time at Turkey’s Pamukkale, a beautiful natural spa.

Visit Blue Moon Valley in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijang, Yunnan China.

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