我最向往的十五个遗愿清单 Top 15 of the Bucket List

I never gave any thought to a bucket list, but the second to last day of the challenge asks for one! The pessimistic side of me says bucket lists house unrealistic goals, trips, or experiences, but oh well, here goes…

1. Visit, eat my way through the Chinatowns of Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney, London, Vancouver, Johannesburg, Paris, Antwerp, Milan, and Bangkok.

2. Trace family history on dad’s side. Grandpa survived a labor camp in Siberia, and great uncle lived in an underground bunker on a farm somewhere in present day Ukraine. Grandpa never talked about World War II, so there is not much more that is known. I lost touch with Great Aunt Aja, who may hold the clues, but great uncle may have been like Grandpa: a closed book.

3. Live on every continent, at least once. Two down, five more to go…yes, including Antarctica. I like penguins, Adélie and Emperor ones best, both endemic to said continent.

4. Learn conversational Shaanxi dialect, and similarly, gain professional-level fluency in Mandarin, mostly to read news, engage Chinese social media more, and communicate on a deeper level in hubby’s native tongue.

5. Run in a marathon. I loathe running, so this would be quite a feat!

6. Take up a new sport, perhaps skateboarding, water sports, archery, or ultimate frisbee.

7. Climb a mountain, and not hike as we did at Cangshan, Dali & Huashan, Xi’an.

8. Take up the strategic game of Chinese chess, 象棋 xiangqi, after learning the rules governing chess.

9. Connect with past teachers, especially my kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and senior AP English instructor, who all had formative influences.

10. Write a book, or two, or four…one must be published in print.

11. Fly first class

12. See the Northern Lights

13. Go camping, and I mean real camping, none of this glamping business!

14. Go on a Jack Kerouac-esque cross country road trip. ZJ is reading On the Road, a birthday present.

15. Read a book a week for one year.

I will keep you in suspense about the challenge’s final post… 😄!

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4 thoughts on “我最向往的十五个遗愿清单 Top 15 of the Bucket List

  1. Susan Blumberg-Kason says:

    Such great things to look forward to! You’re always welcome here in Chicago. We have two Chinatowns: one that was originally Taishan, but is not Cantonese; the other Cantonese from Vietnam. Totally different feels and different types of restaurants. We can go to both!

  2. CrazyChineseFamily says:

    I also on the near impossible task of tracing down my dads family history. His father died in WWII and there is nothing else left as all documents in churches and offices were burned during the Soviet invasion.
    On my mothers side my grandfather also survived and escaped a labor camp in Siberia to escape back to Finland afterwards 🙂

    The only thing I have managed from your list so far are the Northern Lights

  3. Samt says:

    If you are a foodie like me, you would also like the china towns in Toronto, they have a boat load of good Chinese restaurants in Mississauga, Toronto, Scarborough and Markham. These areas have a large percent of Chinese you will feel like you are in China. Plus, the US green back is very strong now against the Canadian dollars – it’s like getting a 30% off everything.

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