Bucket List: √ and √

Since I last looked at my “Bucket List” in June 2015, I have accomplished two items from it! √√!

One item is from my Places to Go list. I finally made it to Portugal. It was awesome. One of my favorite memories is a great night out in Lisbon, and I enjoyed the beauty of the Algarve region, which was amazing. I may be going back next year with a friend of mine, and I have mentioned adding in Morocco to the trip to her, which would satisfy another place from the list.

The other item was from my Things to Do list. I have always wanted to take a photography class, and I did so on Saturday. It was a four-hour class that had three hours of lecture with practice and then one hour in the studio taking pictures. There is so much to learn! The instructor strongly encouraged keeping the camera on manual and adjusting the camera to whatever setting needed. I need to play with my camera more when I have time. This spring and summer, I hope to spend some Saturdays in parks just practicing.

I want to get really good at photography for when I travel. I don’t want to miss moments fidgeting with the camera, so I will have to use the best of both worlds. I can do manual when I have the time to dedicate to it (smile). I also wouldn’t mind taking a class at a community college if times allows.

Taking the class also satisfied a goal I have for 2016. I want to make it about learning. I am learning Instagram and Twitter. I also would like to take a class or have an experience each month. So it would be a good year to try to tackle the remainder of the list. I need to keep my eyes on Groupon.

And I am planning on working on the second anthology this year. The Call for Submission went out, and submissions are due to me on April 1, which reminds me, I need to write some new material myself!

Updated Bucket List:

Places to Go:

Egypt

Israel

Morocco

Turkey (Technically I have been to there but a very short time period during a cruise)

Things to Do:

Go horseback riding

Write a Book (I need to start/finish the second anthology)

Go on a helicopter ride

Go on a hot air balloon ride

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Bucket List

I was able to remove one thing off of my bucket list!
Bucket List
Updated Bucket List:

Places to Go:
Egypt
Israel
Portugal
Morocco
Turkey (Technically I have been to there but a very short time period)

Things to Do:
Go horseback riding
Write a Book (I need to start/finish the second anthology)
Take a photography class
Go on a helicopter ride
Go on a hot air balloon ride

Seaplane

One more activity has been checked off of my bucket list!

I was able to go on a seaplane ride! I was so excited! My friend Linda and I flew round trip between Seattle and Friday Harbor. It was the perfect day as the weather was extremely nice. Between walking, shopping, eating, and chatting the day flew by.

Here are some pictures:

My partner in crime.

My partner in crime.

Our plane on the way down.

Our plane on the way down.

View from the plane: Another plane taking off.

View from the plane: Another plane taking off.

View from the plane: Boats moored on Lake Union.

View from the plane: Boats moored on Lake Union.

View from the Plane: Seattle

View from the Plane: Seattle

View from the plane: Mount Baker makes an appearance. With Mount Rainier in prominence, I often forget about Mount Baker.

View from the plane: Mount Baker makes an appearance. With Mount Rainier in prominence, I often forget about Mount Baker.

Arriving at Friday Harbor.

Arriving at Friday Harbor.

Beautiful Friday Harbor.

Beautiful Friday Harbor.

Washington State Ferry docking in Friday Harbor.

Washington State Ferry docking in Friday Harbor.

View from the Plane: Seattle Skyline with Mount Rainier in the background.

View from the Plane: Seattle Skyline with Mount Rainier in the background.

View from the plane: The iconic Space Needle.

View from the plane: The iconic Space Needle.

Bucket List as of 8/31/13

Bucket List
Updated Bucket List:

Places to Go:
Egypt
Israel
Portugal
Morocco
Turkey (Technically I have been to there but a very short time period)
Australia
Argentina

Things to Do:
Go horseback riding
Write a Book
Take a photography class
Go on a helicopter
Go on a hot air balloon
Walk half marathon

Maybe:
See Das Rheingold

Random

Today is Halloween.

I will add taking piano lessons and learning a language (maybe Spanish or French) to my bucket list.

Tomorrow we leave for Prague.

I come home Saturday, and I realize I am not ready to come back. The three days I took off to be local now seem like a waste, as I could be doing something but alas I feel like that the down time was needed.

I also learned more about Roma gypsies. I had always thought they came from  Romania, but they come from the area around India and Pakistan and migrated years ago. The name Roma is from an area of I want to say Turkey they lived in for years before becoming wanderers. The gypsy part comes because people thought they were from Egypt.

Will run spell check as soon as possible.

Updated Bucket List

Bucket List

Updated Bucket List:

Places to Go:
Egypt
Israel
Spain
Morocco
Turkey (Technically I have been to there but a very short time period)
Australia
Argentina

Things to Do:
Go horseback riding
Ride in an aqua plane
Write a Book
Take a photography class
Go on a horse and buggy ride during the winter with some hot chocolate
Been on a helicopter
Been in a hot air balloon
Watch the sunrise with someone