Last week Leslie commented on where she would like to go… her must do travel list, or a bucket list of things to do in her lifetime. I thought it would be a great idea for a post so here it goes…
Long before the movie the “Bucket List” ever came out I made a list of places that I wanted to see. My family never had the travel bug and family vacations were always spent loading up the car and spending 2 days on the road heading out east to visit family. I enjoyed these trips and they created many great memories. One day when I was pretty young my mom stopped to talk to a friend in the grocery store and she told my mom about this lovely holiday to Hawaii. My sense of adventure and travel was awakened and I thought I’d like to go there. In school many classmates went to Florida for March break and talked about Disney World and oh how I wished to go there… I discovered there was more out there and I wanted to go and see it all! My first list was a mental one of places to visit and it only contained 2… and I always thought one day…
When I was in highschool I saw pictures of Barcelona on TV and the Sagrada Di Familia, a large cathedral designed by Antonio Gaudi. It fascinated me and I wanted to see it up close and in real life. I loved watching shows with scenery and locations far from home, especially Europe and I longed to go one day… It was around this time I constructed my list of places to visit. My list of 2 grew and grew… I tucked it away in a drawer and sometimes looked at it and would daydream, of travel.
Highschool offered foreign exchange trips and always something held me back, no friends could go, the year I was in that class the teacher wasn’t offering the trip, or the school didn’t have the funding. This only held me back, but thoughts of travel still held fast and I knew one day. Soon as I was able to go on holiday without my family I crossed off Florida and Disney from my list. My adventures had begun. The most amazing place to cross off my list was Barcelona. It didn’t look like we could make it, even though we were in Spain. The stars aligned and I was able to get there and the feeling when I rounded the corner and the cathedral that loomed above me in the orange flood lights was unbelievable. I was so small, this was larger than life. It seemed like a dream… I was here and it took my breath away. It was early morning and no crowds surrounded it taking photos. I had it to myself and to savour every nook and detail. Coming later to go inside was exciting, but lost the sense of wonder with crowds milling around. Another tick…
To travel is to take one step and I had opened a door, or a flood gate. The travel bug had bitten and wasn’t about to let go. Many trips through Europe and Australia later I must say travel never gets old. I love the sights, smells, cultures and adventures. Many places have been crossed off that list I made many years ago, but the list never shrinks as I add more and more places to go.
Some places I have been very lucky to visit and few people I know have been. Seeing Hong Kong, Shanghai, the peaceful resort in the Philippines and the Terracotta warriors being a few. Europe is my passion and still my favourite place to go. I love the history and the architecture. Some places I would still like to visit include:
- The Great Wall of China
- Perth Australia – the dolphins
- Egypt – the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings
- Machu Picchu
- Grand Canyon
- Angkor Wat – Cambodia
- Pandas in China (Chengdu)
I would love to return to Europe and see more of my favourite cities… yet again. I guess the tag “Canadian Travel Bugs” is more than appropriate.
So what is on your list?