Saturday, October 23, 2010

103 Things

June 2007 marked the start of an idea in my head:  the idea that I should move to Australia in 2009.  Now, just in case you haven’t noticed, that idea has materialized (hence the blog).  Despite missing my target year by a mere 22 days, I must brag for a moment and share with you that this whole Australia thing has been a damn good success so far.

Now, a lot of other ideas float around in my head.  Most of them are just filler, and many of them are just plain ridiculous - like when I considered trying out for Survivor - because of all people on Earth… well, no explanation needed other than I am the world’s least likely person to succeed on Survivor, unless of course it’s Survivor: Hyatt.  But one idea has stuck in my head:  making a list of 100 things I want to do around the world.  Now, many people are making bucket lists these days – mainly thanks to that movie – but this is not a bucket list.  This is a mid-life crisis list.  Why a mid-life crisis list?  Because I’d like to get to all of this stuff before I’m too old to enjoy it.  By 40 maybe?

I started my list of 100 things in March of 2009 – and it took me well over a year to finish it.  I researched online and talked to friends and slowly compiled activities to do and places to see, all the while making sure that I had a wide variety of items and an even wider array of geographic locales.  From drinking a beer at the world’s northernmost brewery in Norway to seeing a particularly interesting dinosaur exhibit at a natural history museum in Mongolia, from climbing up Table Mountain in South Africa to a big fucking shopping mall in Alberta – this list is, well… maybe a bit unrealistic.  But that’s ok.  Picking up and moving my entire life halfway around the world was pretty unrealistic, but hell, I’ve got a 4 year visa now so I guess I can do anything.

Anything except Survivor.  Or anything that involves falling from heights.  Or mushrooms.  Or avocado.  I hate mushrooms and avocado.

I finished compiling my list of 100 things in June of this year, but seeing as I had already completed 3 of the items on the list, I decided to add 3 more – just to start from an even 100 things undone.  Keep in mind that I want to do a bunch of other things too, but this is a good start.  So, without further ado, I present to you my “mid-life crisis list” of 103 things:

1. BOTSWANA – Chobe National Park
2. EGYPT – Pyramids at Giza
3. GABON – Loango National Park
4. MALI – Great Mosque of Djenne
5. MAURITIUS – Dodo Bird Exhibit at the National History Museum
6. NAMIBIA – Quivertree Forest
7. SENEGAL – House of Slaves Museum (Dakar)
8. SOUTH AFRICA – Table Mountain (Cape Town)
9. TANZANIA – Stone Town (Zanzibar)
10. TUNISIA – Ruins of Carthage
11. ZAMBIA – Victoria Falls

12. ANTARCTICA – The Antarctic Peninsula

13. ARMENIA – Tsitsernakaberd Memorial (Yerevan)
14. CAMBODIA – Angkor Wat
15. CHINA – Great Wall of China
16. HONG KONG – Star Ferry to Kowloon
17. INDIA – Taj Mahal (Agra)
18. INDONESIA – Uluwatu Temple (Bali)
19. ISRAEL – Yad Vashem (Jerusalem)
20. JAPAN – Todai-Ji Buddhist Temple Complex (Nara)
21. KAZAKHSTAN – Bayterek (Astana)
22. LAOS – Nam Song River Tubing (Vang Vieng)
23. MACAU – Casino Lisboa
24. MONGOLIA – Museum of Natural History (Ulaanbaatar)
25. PHILIPPINES – White Beach (Boracay)
26. QATAR – Al-Corniche Promenade (Doha)
27. RUSSIA – Trans-Siberian Railway
28. SINGAPORE – Singapore Zoo Night Safari
29. SOUTH KOREA – Demilitarized Zone
30. TAIWAN – National Palace Museum (Taipei)
31. THAILAND – Full Moon Party (Ko Pha-Ngan)
32. UAE – Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
33. VIETNAM – Halong Bay

34. ANDORRA – Caldea Spa
35. BELARUS – Town of Pruzhany
36. BOSNIA – Mostar Bridge
37. CROATIA – Diocletian’s Palace (Split)
38. CROATIA – Dubrovnik City Walls
39. DENMARK – Carlsberg Brewery (Copenhagen)
40. ENGLAND – Harrod’s Food Hall (London)
41. ENGLAND – Lloyd’s of London Building
42. ESTONIA – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Tallinn)
43. FAROE ISLANDS – Vestmanna Bird Cliffs
44. FINLAND – Temppeliaukio Rock Church (Helsinki)
45. FRANCE – Palace of Versailles
46. GERMANY – Neuschwanstein Castle
47. ICELAND – Blue Lagoon
48. IRELAND – Blarney Stone
49. ITALY – Grand Canal (Venice)
50. NORWAY – Mack Brewery (Tromso)
51. NORWAY – Viking Museum (Oslo)
52. POLAND – Auschwitz
53. ROMANIA – Bran Castle
54. SCOTLAND – Loch Ness
55. SLOVENIA – Lake Bled
56. SPAIN – Guggenheim (Bilbao)
57. SWEDEN – Volvo Museum (Goteborg)
58. SWITZERLAND – Matterhorn
59. TURKEY – Hagia Sophia (Istanbul)

60. BAHAMAS – Atlantis Paradise Island Resort
61. BARBADOS – Andromeda Botanical Gardens
62. CANADA – Beaudry Street Metro Station (Montreal, QC)
63. CANADA – CN Tower (Toronto, ON)
64. CANADA – West Edmonton Wall (Edmonton, AB)
65. COSTA RICA – Monteverde Cloud Forest Zip Line
66. CURACAO – Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
67. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Catedral Primada de America
68. GREENLAND – Air Greenland Helicopter Ride
69. MEXICO – Teotihuacan
70. NICARAGUA – Isla de Ometepe
71. PANAMA – Panama Canal Locks
73. ST LUCIA – Castries Public Market
72. ST MAARTEN – Princess Juliana International Airport
74. USA – Ancona Pizzeria (Valley Stream, NY)
75. USA – Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC)
76. USA – Carlsbad Caverns (NM)
77. USA – Gateway Arch (St Louis, MO)
78. USA – Grand Canyon (AZ)
79. USA – Grand Ole Opry House (Nashville, TN)
80. USA – Hot Air Balloon Ride (Albuquerque, NM)
81. USA – Paula Deen’s Restaurant (Savannah, GA)
82. USA – Wall Drug (SD)

83. AUSTRALIA – Barossa Valley Wineries (SA)
84. AUSTRALIA – Great Barrier Reef (QLD)
85. AUSTRALIA – Parliament House (Canberra, ACT)
86. AUSTRALIA – Penguin Parade (Phillip Island, VIC)
87. AUSTRALIA – Port Arthur Historic Site (TAS)
88. AUSTRALIA – Sydney Opera House (NSW)
89. AUSTRALIA – Tree Top Walk (Walpole, WA)
90. AUSTRALIA – Uluru (NT)
91. NEW ZEALAND – Rotorua
92. USA – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
93. VANUATU – Mt Yasur Volcano

94. ARGENTINA – Cementerio de la Recoleta (Buenos Aires)
95. ARGENTINA – Perito Moreno Glacier
96. BOLIVIA – Salar de Uyuni
97. BRAZIL – Avenida Paulista (Sao Paulo)
98. BRAZIL – Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro)
99. CHILE – La Piojera (Santigo)
100. COLOMBIA – Museo de Oro (Bogota)
101. FALKLAND ISLANDS – Falkland Islands Museum (Stanley)
102. PERU – Machu Picchu
103. URUGUAY – Plaza Independencia (Montevideo)

I’ve completed #’s 78, 81, and 88.  That means 100 to go.  Who wants to tag along?


  1. Phillip,

    Note No.84, Great Barrier Reef is in VIC not QLD :)

  2. Andi,

    Note No. 84, Great Barrier Reef, is indeed in QLD. Melbourne is in VIC. Brisbane, Cairns, and the Great Barrier Reef are in QLD ;)

  3. I've done 78 and 82, and am doing 92 in January!

    Ironic, because our lists are mostly VERY different.

    Chris Maryatt

  4. Hahahaha...

    My bad Phil. I got confused between Great Barrier Reef and Great Ocean Road :p