All posts tagged: Bucket list

Light

Darkness abound, and we look for light. We look for illumination that will save us from the nothingness seeming to persevere, taking over all beauty. Why don’t we know—that light is everywhere, and, the brightest of all, is within us all along. Image and video taken at the Poconos Lantern Fest. I was in awe when the lanterns finally started lighting up the sky like stars. Sadly, the event was disorganized and I’d recommend going to a different one if you could find a similar festival. It was still however a beautiful night, the feeling of wonder as each flicker of light illuminated the darkness like constellations, is one I’ll always remember. Advertisements

Antelope Canyon

We were halfway into our most recent trip when we got to Arizona. The agenda for the day was to see Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon located in a Navajo land. Formed by erosion of sandstone, the canyon is continuously changing with the effects of water, wind and time. We (and by we I mean my super planner of a boyfriend) had scheduled a tour of the upper canyon for the morning and the lower canyon for the afternoon. We were advised that the best time to see the canyons is at about 10:30 in the morning, so we had made a reservation for said slot. The waiting area is open, not much seating and except for the road coming into it, nothing much around except the vast dessert that surrounds. The upper canyon is a few miles from the waiting area. Our group boarded a small open vehicle that can seat five on each side. The drive to the canyon offered us a chance to see the dessert leading up to it, lasting approximately …

When in Rome…

There is an age-old belief that if you make a wish and throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the Fontana Di Trevi, you are sure to go back to Rome. It was also one of the items on my bucket list — so when we had the chance to go to Rome during our Mediterranean Cruise early last year, we made our way to the Trevi Fountain. As expected it was very crowded, but we still managed to squeeze into a nice spot in front, throw our respective coins, and make a wish. Later the same year, we were back in Rome. Have you made a wish at the Fontana Di Trevi? I was very happy to have checked this off my bucket list last year. What is on your bucket list that you would like to check off this coming year?

World Heritage Site Tuesday: The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has always been on my bucket list, and when we went on our Mediterranean cruise last year, I finally had the opportunity to see the famous destination. We did our research prior to traveling and learned that Pisa is far from the port. This is the reason we decided that this time around instead of taking local modes of transportation on our own like what we did the rest of the stops, we would try one of the tours offered by the cruise line. The tour bus was crowded as expected, but the most unfortunate thing about this is that you don’t own your time. At one point we had to wait for our tour guide for an hour, time that we could have used exploring the area. In addition, not everyone on the tour came back on the time specified which caused a lot of delays. We later found out through experience that if we would have paid for a private tour, it would have cost us less than …

Venice, a Wish Granted

I have always dreamt of going to Venice. I imagined being on a gondola, with the quintessential gondolier wearing the black and white striped shirt, me quietly sitting and taking in the views of the great city. So when I had the chance to go last year, it was a great blessing that my boyfriend could share the experience with me. Not only was he there, he was the one who made sure I got my unforgettable gondola experience. Getting what you’ve always wanted, wished for and dreamt of, after all, is not as sweet an experience as when shared with those who matter the most to you.

Parasailing (aka the day I felt I was Flying)

One of my most memorable experiences was parasailing at Belmar Beach in New Jersey. It was just a coworker and I, the sky above and the blue water below. You get started by the boat and you get lifted up slowly. You then find yourself looking down onto the ocean, feeling the wind on your face, very high above the boat where you started. At some points, they start dunking you back and forth onto the water which is also a fun part. Mankind is, for some reason, always fascinated with the sky and gazing at its infinite blue beauty; or the dark canvas lit only with its stars. So we always try to reach up, imagine and dream to fly as high as the clouds. Parasailing was as close to the feeling of flying I have been able to experience so far. Being able to spend time high above and with our view from up there, it made me learn to appreciate the beauty of the sky and the ocean more than I did …