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Bucket List Journey

List Worthy Experiences from Around the World

Hike to the top of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos

When you are traveling around the world you quickly realize that many attractions require the need for climbing of some sort (see the Bucket List of 15 Things to Climb in the World for exhausting examples). When I heard that it was 374 steps uphill to the peak of Bartolome Island in the Galapagos, I began having flashbacks of the 463 steps to the top of Florence’s Duomo. Climbing that wasn’t pretty. It was where I learned that a 78-year-old great grandmother was in better… Read More »

Swim With Whale Sharks in Cancun

I am not a huge fan of cilantro, raw tomatoes, spicy food, tequila shots or wearing sombreros, which is why traveling to the touristy towns in Mexico is typically not high on my list. But, there was something in Cancun that I would eat a habanero pepper covered in tomato salsa while wearing a silly hat for. Swimming with whale sharks. I had been intrigued by their massiveness on television and read about their gentleness in magazines. It has been… Read More »

Have a Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Santorini Caldera

Peter and I are not romantic. Cute, yes. Romantic? Not so much. In our 20 years together there has never been rose petals sprinkled on the bed, feeding each other caviar by candlelight or long bubble baths with champagne. Though, while traveling through Santorini, Greece there was an opportunity to get a little romance on and I wasn’t about to let it slip by. Maybe we could be converted to passionate lovey doveys while thousands of miles from home. On the Greek… Read More »

See the Street Art in Freak Alley in Boise

I was peacefully walking along the streets of downtown Boise when I caught a lazy bear wearing a golden crown staring me in the face. What do you want? Then, a big bellied patriotic man smoking a pipe and wearing red & white striped pants crossed my path. Where am I? The answer was Idaho’s whimsical Freak Alley. Boise’s Freak Alley began over ten years ago when a local artist painted the inside of an alley doorway. Today, the outdoor gallery expands from the alley to the gravel parking… Read More »

Experience Istanbul’s Call to Prayer at the Blue Mosque

Five times a day throughout the streets of Istanbul you can hear the trilling call to prayer, also known as ezan. During this time the voice of the bellowing muezzin, the man who calls the Muslims to prayer from a minaret, can be heard over the loudspeakers at different mosques in the city. The first time I heard the chaos of tonal reverberations in Istanbul was while standing at the top of Galata Tower. The contrasting levels of noise seemed to be coming from every angle… Read More »

Bucket List of Things to Do on an African Safari

Though going on a safari in Tanzania as a guest of Shadows of Africa was one HUGE bucket list check, there were also a number of mini checks during this incredible four day adventure.   Bucket List of 15 Things to Do on Safari in Tanzania 1. SPOT THE BIG FIVE If you are traveling all the way to Africa for an African safari there is little doubt that one of the things you will want to do is spot the Big Five, the five animals… Read More »

Spend the Night in a Hostel in Florence, Italy

In my many years of traveling around the world, it was not until embarrassingly recently that I had ever spent the night in a hostel. This popular and economical lodging option was never on my agenda mostly because I don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the same room or sharing a restroom with strangers. When needing to pee in the middle of the night, I want my toilet to be close and empty. This little personal issue made sixth grade camp torture. But,… Read More »

Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Call me crazy, but seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was not on my Paris bucket list prior to arriving in France. What was I thinking? Peter and I actually passed by it the first time without even stopping and accidentally stumbled upon it the second time, only drawn in by the crowds and bleachers out front. Though many times while traveling, large crowds equate to a Disneyland-like attraction, this was different. Notre Dame may not be the largest Catholic cathedral in the world, but it might be one of the most beautiful… Read More »

See Hugging Zebras in Africa. Snapshot.

See Hugging Zebras in Africa While on safari in Tanzania, with Shadows of Africa, there was a wild vision that that never grew dull, the sight of zebras hugging. This sweet sight won’t be terribly difficult to spot, I got a glimpse of them in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarengire National Parks. Though this moment may be interpreted by humans as being nothing but tender, the zebras are technically not hugging, they are protecting each other from predators. Still adorable. For more Bucket List Snapshots…

See the Byzantine Monasteries in Greece

99.8% of the time I am overly content with being a woman. But, while traveling through Halkidiki, Greece I encountered that .02%. Due to my genetic femininity I would only be able to witness the breathtaking Mount Athos Byzantine monasteries from a minimum of 500 meters away. That’s a whopping 1640 feet to us Americans, 140 meters longer than the largest cruise ship in the world or the length of 4 1/2 football fields. You get the idea? Mount Athos is an UNESCO site… Read More »