Bucket List Musings

Facebook, the never-ending source of entertainment, showed me another one of those fun test-like thingies. 

Naturally, I was game. 

 
Then I got kinda sad although I realize that wasn’t the point.

You see, once upon a time I was convinced that by age 47, I would’ve seen most of the world. Clearly, that didn’t happen. 

Worse, traveling doesn’t even appeal to me anymore. Flying became so obnoxious, with such long lines, and all of that “take your coat, your belt, your shoes off and while we’re at it let me grope you too” security thing. Everybody is suspect. Everybody is a potential terrorist. Damn you bloody real terrorists of the world, and not just because you made travelling so inconvenient for the rest of us.

Long gone are the days when I longed to see Machu Pichu, the Altamira caves, the Valley of the Kings, the Potala, the Taj Mahal and so many other wonders with my own eyes. Health issues alone prevent me from going to places warmer than 25⁰ C, for example. Going into heat stroke is not my idea of a fun holiday, thank you very much.
I still hope I get to experience Norway, the fjords and the midnight sun on a beautiful Summer Solstice (or a crappy one, for that matter) some day. I’d die happy if I can do it. 

Visiting England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany would be nice too but not required for the happy-dying thing.

All things considered, I’ve fared well. I did some travelling and I did get to cross several of my Bucket List items. I did get to visit The Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacán. I was at the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun but couldn’t climb it because it was a stupid hot summer day and you know, bloody heat exhaustion/strike was an issue even at 15 years old. 

Pro tip: Do NOT spend the June Solstice anywhere below the 49th parallel north! In fact, the only suitable place to be on that day, other than Norway, is Middle-Earth (also known as New Zealand).

What I did do though, was climb part of the Pyramid of the Moon and it was awesome. 

You gotta admit, that is a pretty rad thing to do at 15. 

I am sad but at the same time I am not. Sad for the missed goals and the could have beens but at the same time happy for the goals achieved and the been-there-done-thats.

Also,

 
to you all! 

The long and winding journey

12 years ago

with two suitcases that contained all that I owned,

On a plane I got .

For the two day trip that would bring me

to this fabled land of snow.

Alone but not scared

for I will not strand, I know.

Canada!

My last hope

My childhood dream.

Tell me why my battles,

always seem to be upstream?

Family and friends,

So many things left behind.

Beloved books and music

mementos of a troubled past.

Up and away

Up and away I went.

And started the journey to a better life.

The long and winding journey into the unknown.

The long and winding journey…

Home

SSG the Wanderer

SSG the Wanderer

California Adventures

Another dream come true for me in less than a year. It all started with DC, last August.

Then, out of the blue, I ended up getting this fantastic gift from my daughter (with a little help from her boyfriend): A trip to San Francisco!

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It all started with a family wedding invitation to B & N. The wedding was happening in Sacramento but B & N were encouraged to fly into San Francisco. N knew San Fran was in my Bucket List and invited me to tag along but I couldn’t manage to make it fit in my budget. Continue reading