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… 😄！