Planes, trains and canal boats

Following on from the Experience vs Thing post the other day it’s clear that a few of us share a similar outlook on this. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of experiences, I wonder just how similar we would really be.  What sort of experiences, money,  time and other commitments being no object, would you choose?

Here are my top 10 choices:

  1. Live in Hong Kong and learn Cantonese.
  2. Live in France and learn (properly) French.
  3. Visit some of the “wonders of the world” that have always interested me.
    • The Pyramids & the Valley of the Kings
    • The Great Wall of China
    • Petra
    • The Taj Mahal
    • The Aurora Borealis with this as a side attraction. (But only the 1 night.)
    • Xian (for the Terracotta Warriors, in situ.)
  4. Dive the Great Barrier Reef.
  5. Live on a canal boat and wander through Europe the leisurely way.
  6. Take a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. (I completely blame Agatha for this one.)
  7. Do a Trans-Siberian rail journey as well.  And visit St.Petersburg & Beijing while doing so.
  8. Go on a retreat.  Zen sounds interesting, perhaps Theravada.  No lack of choice.
  9. Conquer my fear of falling from great heights and either Bungy or SkyJump or SkyWalk – all of which would leave me frozen with fear.
  10. Go on a supporters tour to watch the All Blacks defend their World Cup title.

Goodness me, it seems that I do have a thing about Asia, languages & leisurely jaunts across countries by whatever archaic means of transport is available.   Oh, and I just had to squeeze in a sporting event at the very end.  I do love to watch my rugby and it is so much fun to be there in person.

So those are my current favourite thoughts and dreams, some of which I would dearly love to really make happen.  Only time will tell if I get any of them to come true.

What about you?  Do you have a Top 10 list?
Care to share?

One thought on “Planes, trains and canal boats

  1. As I’m sure you know, other than books (and including books), I’ve never been to terribly good at “top tens.” I just sort of roll along, hoping that at the end, I’ll have done what I was supposed to, all while having aquired the correct amount of gold stars =]


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