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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Travel Bucket List - pt2

Bucket List - A list of things to do before you die.

27 is getting a lot closer than it used to be. So just in case I take after Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison, time to edit the bucket list.

The Travel Bucket List Idea is easy. Take a regional zone and find ten places I'd like to see before I die, or to re-visit in some cases. It's my list so I call the zones. It isn't always going to be cities, though mostly yes. For small countries I think the entire country can be considered. As in, I can't call all of Russia in one trip but I can call all of French Polynesia. I think if one spot in the country/region can be gotten to in a 2.5 hour flight or less, it counts as one trip territory eg. Czech Republic and Slovakia.

And also justify(explain?) why there. Maybe pictures too.

here's the easiest start because South America is closest.

5.Buenos Aires, Argentina - Argentina again, and I don't even like their football team much. 'The Paris of South America' seems like a great place to see, in summer though. I like old buildings and nice food; Buenos Aires has both. If I magically find a ticket to a Boca Juniors vs. RiverPlate match, then I'd be very content. Maybe even attempt the tango.

Fulfillment Criteria: See Boca Juniors Stadium. See the Obelisk. Buy a book at El Ateneo bookstore. Go see Evita's grave. And make a pilgrimage to the house Maradona grew up in.

Suggested Cliched Activity: Walk around singing 'Don't Cry for me Argentina'

4. Cartagena, Colombia - The famous Caribbean coast of Columbia.You can't read Gabo and not want to see it. Islas de Rosario for the coral reefs, famous forts and castles. It's a World Heritage site. There's bound to be lots to see but mostly it's a pick because of Love In The Time Of Cholera

Fulfilment Criteria : Go see the port, the parks, the old district and whatever else still remains from Love in The Time Of Cholera.

Suggested Cliched activity : Read The General in His Labyrinth in a public park.

3. Macchu Picchu& Lima, Peru - Macchu Picchu is a direct plane or train trip from Lima, so it isn't a cheat. But it just isn't right unless you take the Inca trail to get there through the mountains. Lima is for the food and the fusion food.

Fulfillment Criteria : Take the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.

Suggested Cliched Activity: Read the early works of Mario Vargas Llosa (Conversation in the Cathedral, The green House) while relaxing on the beach.

2. Rio de Janiero, Brazil - Really need to justify? It's Rio. Capacabana, Ipanema, Bossa Nova and the Maracana. Get there for World Cup is the ideal time.

Fulfillment Cirteria: Take the cable car to Sugarloaf mountain, walk on Copacabana Pavement, go see Cristo Redentor.

Suggested Cliched Activity: Play football on the beach in Ipanema

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador - I don't even need to see the rest of Ecuador. Just here. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin. See all the animals that live nowhere else. Pretend to be all National Geographic.

Fulfillment Criteria: Take an Eco-tour

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