My first poetry book Published – Now you can have a little piece of my world with you

Poetry BookHello My Lovely Friends and Dear Readers,

As you would know I was on my journey to write poems last year for my bucket list. And here is a very good news that I have  been finally able to get my first e-book of poetry published.

Name of the book – Life as Talking Experience : Poet’s Collection

Published platform – Amazon

Link to the book –  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OCBIEUG

Now you can have your own copy of my work and read it in your own time. I would love to know your opinion on my poems and how did it make you feel. Were you able to connect to the emotions in the poem itself and which one is your favourite :)

Time to start reading and sharing. Would appreciate if you can share it as well as it’s my first book after my blog and I would love to reach as many hearts with my story of emotional and adventurous journey. This book contains 50 poems and many beautiful pictures to go with the poems all taken by me. I have myself designed the cover as well hence let me know what do you think of that.

Please buy and help my new initiative by sharing with your friends and family and readers of your blog. I would be sending 50% of this sales to a charity. A perfect gift for creative people with cuious mind and an awesome tool to motivate others.

Best Regards,

Kavita Joshi

Kyoto – A place full of religious architecture including shrines, temples, castles and its rich culture

Hello Friends,

Here is my adventure about my stay in Kyoto after Osaka in Japan. It was an emotional and spiritual journey after all and I did enjoyed it a lot. 

I would encourage you to migrate your followership to my new website and check out the posts about Japan and other current ventures of my life on my new website.

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I would love to keep in touch going forward hence please add me on twitter(KavitaJoshi84 ), facebook(https://www.facebook.com/KavitaJoshiTravels), Instagram, Pinterest, tumbler, here and my new blog (http://kavitajoshitravels.com).

Have a lovely weekend you all!

Regards,

Kavita Joshi

Osaka – City with character, home to nearly nine million and a shopping hub

Hello Friends,

Here is my adventure about my stay in Osaka. Although I would encourage you to migrate. Check out the post about it on my new website.

I would love to keep in touch going forward hence please add me on twitter(KavitaJoshi84 ), facebook(https://www.facebook.com/KavitaJoshiTravels), Instagram, Pinterest, tumbler, here and my new blog (http://kavitajoshitravels.com).

Have a lovely weekend you all!

Regards,

Kavita Joshi

Raw Challange, Barrington Tops: Obstacle #4 this year – Lots of mud fun and confidence boost

Hi All,

Last Saturday I was doing my 4th obstacle race – Raw Challange. Check out the post about it on my new website and

I would love to keep in touch going forward hence please add me on twitter(KavitaJoshi84 ), facebook(https://www.facebook.com/KavitaJoshiTravels), Instagram, Pinterest, tumbler, here and my new blog (http://kavitajoshitravels.com).

Have a lovely weekend you all!

Regards,

Kavita Joshi

Life at its peak

For my lovely and awesome friends here, I have shared the latest updates from my life. And it also tells you about my whereabouts and why I haven’t been able to regularly post here at the moment.

http://kavitajoshitravels.com/2014/09/life-at-its-peak/

All of you who know me also would know I have this regular need for adventure in life hence whenever I can I try to indulge myself into some adventures. Here is the link to my new blog if you haven’t already subscribed to it.

I would love to keep in touch going forward hence please add me on twitter(KavitaJoshi84 ), facebook(https://www.facebook.com/KavitaJoshiTravels), Instagram, Pinterest, here and my new blog (http://kavitajoshitravels.com)

Have a lovely weekend you all!

Cheers,

Kavita

Journey from being a shy computer nerd to a traveller and an adventurous soul – What do you think? Would you like to know more about me and how I got this travel bug?

 

405879_10150527281197471_1383247051_nHello my beautiful and handsome friends out there Hope you have a beautiful morning this Saturday as it’s nice and sunny here in Sydney and I am feeling very happy by the fact that I have amazing friends like you guys who are always by my side and fill my life with love and happiness. Thinkng of you and feeling blessed.

Also I have a thought as I was wondering what do you think of me writing a book about how I changed my life and how did I become a traveller and adventurous sydney sider from a shy and workoholic IT nerd. And some more things about my travels and adventures…All of you who know me well enough or have ever met me, I would love to hear from you on this and also how do you feel about supporting me for this if I go ahead

Tips to travel in Japan – Preparation Steps

Hi All,

Some of you must be wondering that how did I prepare myself to go to Japan and travelled there so smoothly. Yes I did have some preparation before I left as you all know its a country with different culture and language which makes it hard to travel in such countries if you are not much familiar with the customs and the language. I had some hiccups where I had trouble asking for directions along with boarding the wrong bus and some other small things that are part of travel I think and we need to be ready to tackle any such things while travelling solo. Here is a link to my post about tips to travel in Japan in my latest blog.

http://kavitajoshitravels.com/2014/09/tips-to-travel-in-japan-preparation-steps/

Japan – A positively overwhelming and colorful experience

Please find my latest article about my trip to Japan and I will be posting about each place seperately as there is so much to talk about when it comes to Japan.

http://kavitajoshitravels.com/2014/09/japan-a-positively-overwhelming-and-colorful-experience/

Please subscribe to my new website (kavitajoshitravels.com) as I would be posting there in future and currently I am migrating from here to my new custom build website. Thanks for all your support.

You can connect with me through facebook as well – https://www.facebook.com/KavitaJoshiTravels?ref=hl and Twitter – https://twitter.com/KavitaJoshi84 so that we don’t miss each other’s communication. I would follow you back as well.

Here is the list in chronological order of all the places I went in 10 days of my stay there.

1. Nagoya – Fly in

2. Hiroshima

3. Miyajima – Very close to Hiroshima but I would love to write a seperate post about it as I had a moving experience there along with some adventure

4. Osaka

5. Kyoto – C ity of ancient culture with beautiful temples and shrines

6. Tokyo – I never thought Japan has such a massive city

7. Kamakura – I was lucky to attend the lantern festival in a nearby island, Enoshima,  during my visit to Kamakura

7. Mt. Fuji – It made me cry and it made me laugh is all I would say before I write the details in the coming post

8. Kariya – Met one of the best couch surfing host here who helped me after another host of mine changed the plans at the last moment

9. Nagoya – Sightseeing and fly out from here

True Grit – Obstacle race with more mental and emotional barriers and meeting with an angel

Hi All,

 

Here is another post on my new blog site. Please enjoy the post that tells how I overcame the emotional as well as physical barrier after being sick for almost 3 months and being told that I should not do it.

http://kavitajoshitravels.com/2014/08/true-grit-obstacle-race-with-more-mental-and-emotional-barriers-and-meeting-with-an-angel/

Hope you enjoy it. Also I have moved all my old posts to my new blog site. Kindly have a look though and let me know if you have any feedback. I would really appreciate it.

 

Regards,

Kavita

Spartan Race in Sydney – Arooooo

Now I know its been a very long time I have posted anything here. I know there are no excuses for being lazy but there were certain things that have happened in life in past few months.

I have been very sick since I came back from Peru with a parasite called Blasto Hominis. Good news is that I am on a recovery period. So I will be back with lots of updates for last couple of months and my progress in the bucket list of this year. Glad to be back as I really missed you guys. Hope you are doing well and writing here whenever you get time. Also I have created a new site for my blog that I would like to share with my latest post from April for the obstacle race that I did – Spartan,  before I got really sick.

http://kavitajoshitravels.com/2014/08/spartan-race-in-sydney-arooooo/

Please check out my new website and let me know if you like it. Any feedback is deeply appreciated :)

Rueda – Flash Mob in Sydney

First of all apology to be away for long as I have been busy travelling and doing things on my bucket list for this year. I was trying to build my website for this blog to be able to post more pictures and stuff as this website is almost full from the content I posted last year. Here is a link to my new website and I would really appreciate if you visit it and give me some feedback regarding it. Any feedback regarding the performance or how to make it better would be great. 

http://kavitajoshitravels.com/2014/05/rueda-flash-mob-in-sydney/

Good news that I have been able to do some really good travelling and also some cool items ticked off from my list. Flash mob is one of them as I have always wanted to do them. I participated in Rueda (form of cuban salsa in community) and it was heaps of fun I must say. You can find some pictures in my new blog :)

Why write a bucketlist?

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Ok not that I like to indulge into controversy but I have been thinking for while now after having my own first bucket list (bucketlist 2013)  last year. And this year also I was initially not keen to make one but then I end up writing a few things in it (bucketlist 2014). I was thinking this year if I do need a bucket list or not. Why bucket list? This was the question I asked myself last year as well before writing my list. Well I read some stuff on this as well where I saw both pros and cons of having a bucket list. Some says its good to write down the things you love to do in order to prioritize them in life. Others says it can sabotage you or can make you a tourist and not a traveller if you just do the things in your list all the time.

I was amazed how strong people’s opinion was about the term called bucket list. Ok let’s give it a new name then first to disassociate the bucket that looks like a limitation first of all that can only fit few things at one time. What would you call chasing your dreams and do things that make you happy? I don’t think we ever do anything in terms of bucket list that makes us feel miserable or unhappy right? So the key is happiness, sense of achievement and over all it’s a positive change that it brings in your life. I don’t want to associate it with death either as that’s the worst thing I can do to associate it with fear of dying one day. So I won’t call it a ‘things to do before I die’. I don’t want the name ‘to do list’ either as it should not be forced upon me just because I want to do these things doesn’t mean I have to pressure myself into doing it as that would cause more stress than happiness. ‘Wish list’ is not bad but not quiet appealable still.

Any ways the reason to write few things to do that makes you happy are many like:

  1. As humans we are quiet prone to laziness and just do whatever we do in our daily life the same way and become a bit robotic and get into our automatic gear to run our life
  2. We are not conditioned socially to think about our well being and happiness usually
  3. We are accustomed of thinking in terms of what is right and good in terms of the rules of society
  4. There are times that makes us think that we are not happy but then we start the blame game rather than changing something in our life
  5. Also we are prone to associate our happiness with the tangible things a lot of time (example: money which is basically a tool to do things in life that are either necessary or important but we start giving more importance in hoarding the money till death do us apart).
  6. We have so many mundane activities in day to day life that takes precedence and we loose focus on the important things in life
  7. It’s hard for us to prioritize things if we don’t have the focus around the important things
  8. Our brain is conditioned to use the data in form of list better than the random chunks of information or goals
  9. We are so used to of making a to do list in our head that anything similar gets done quickly or more clearly

But now that we understand that this particular list (or a new name that we would give this list soon) is important in order to focus on the important things in life what we are not supposed to do:

  • This list is important but it should not stress you so much that you become upset or unhappy otherwise you loose the whole essence of having such a list
  • With time our priorities and goals change as well as our likes and dislikes hence its important to revisit your list every now and then
  • Don’t attach yourself to the list that not doing something from the list makes you dishearten at any time
  •  Don’t think that not being able to do something on the list is the end of the world as it is not
  • Make sure you remember the reason you have a list – to make you happy. So anything on the list that you think is going to make you unhappy try to find a better item in its place
  • It’s your list so don’t come under social pressure to complete anything on your list. Take your own pace and do it as you like not by the fear of what others would think. It’s your list and you can do whatever you want with it – change it, do it, cancel it whatever.
  • Try to bring the balance of different kind of things on your list to make sure the start doesn’t discourage you and you always have the variety to choose from. For example: If you want to make abs then don’t obsess about it so much that you kill your self on the gym floor. Try to understand that having things on your list doesn’t make them magic items that can be done any quicker than their normal time. I had a item saying I want to run marathon whereas I had never run in my whole life for even 5 k. So I didn’t do it last year and training this year for obstacle course which is helpful to increase my stamina and also if I would like then I would run a marathon one day that too only in case I think I would enjoy it.
  • Don’t have a list that you think would make you look cool in front of others but also think of the reason why you

At last but not the least do remember that you create a bucketlist to achive more and to be happy in life and the moment you start getting streesed due to it that means a problem and you need to start thinking why you had it in the first place.

Hope you have fun with or without bucket list doing things that you love my friend.

Guinness book of records & Date a stranger – Bucket list items for 2014

Now this was something I wouldn’t have thought last year really but after attending a seminar (100 things – http://100things.com.au) from Sebastian, I was all ready to give it a go. I was just looking for the events on that weekend and this event for biggest blind dating came up with the highlight of Guinness book of records. I was not quiet sure about this kind of event but at the same time it looked like fun so I was willing to give it a go at least to get the record and have another item ticked off my bucket list. Finally I booked it. It was a decision made in 10 minutes that too for the very next day. I was the last woman to book the last ticket as after that no more tickets were available in female category.

Anyways I was excited for the event but at the same time I was a little nervous as I had never been on such a blind date where I had no clue whom I might meet. I just hoped to meet some one I can at least have a decent conversation if nothing much. So there I was all ready and dressed up for my mysterious date. I put effort into getting ready by going home early and wearing one of my best dresses and it was not just because I was on a date but also because the event was organized in Opera house, the iconic building of Sydney where I had only been once so far. So it was going to be a really exciting event I thought. And being single is awesome for many reason out of which one is this where you can experiment with things like this. So there I was outside Opera house in my heels and holding my clutch. There was a really huge queue now to get to the door. People were dressed to the nines and a lot of them nervous and excited about it like me. I with others started to line up but as per the invitation the doors were supposed to be closed in half hour and then they would choose some random people from the bar if someone didn’t make it. So now this got me a bit nervous as I didn’t want to waste my money and loose the opportunity to hold the Guinness book record. And guess what, when you are keen to do something then some time you end up doing silly things. Of course I did hate the fact that I didn’t collect my ticket earlier which would have been way more easier. Some girls were going straight in which made me curious to see if there is another queue that people are not aware of. So I started to follow these girls but soon to my dismay I realized that they had already collected the tickets. Now I had lost my position in the queue/line and I was almost at the ticket window. I decided to stay there as long as it takes to get the ticket rather than going back again. Hence I pretended that I am also in the queue and end up meeting a stranger and now friend there in the queue who also jumped the queue like me. We both had a good conversation for a short period of time before we had to go and take seat near our pre-designated table. Now the tension started building up as people starting gathering around their designated areas inside Opera house. But the view was beautiful so I preferred to enjoy the moment and took some canapés on the way and a glass of water to enjoy the ambience in this iconic building. People had started introducing each other in order to be more comfortable in room full of strangers. I took some pictures to capture this event in my camera as this was more of an adventure for me rather than dating I must say.

Soon the area was full of people holding wines/beer and other drinks in their hands and eagerly waiting for their blind date. I was a bit nervous by now thinking who is going to be my date. And there the moment comes when I am introduced to my date. Ok now I was not expecting to be setup with a fellow Indian that too with whom none of my criteria matched that I was asked to fill in the website by the company (CitySwoon) organizing this event. Anyways I didn’t want to rude with the guy so we started talking formally but it was very clear that it was not going anywhere and soon I started discovering that he hadn’t made any effort to come here today and directly rocked up from him work with a backpack on his shoulder that made him look like a school kid and not so cool. And also it became unbearable to talk to him soon when I realized he had really bad breath (Some people don’t realize that even if it is a blind date but one needs to put some effort to get ready and at least eat some mint if you have bad breath). Personal hygiene is yours but if you are in someone else’s company than it affects others as well. After some formal chit chat it was a matter of spending one hour in order to break the record to be honest and we both knew this. He was interested in hooking up with a blonde with no sense of self appearance and I was hoping to meet some one who could at least hold an intellectual conversation or may be a bit attractive. So this date was a complete disaster for us. Anyways time didn’t really fly but somehow one hour was over and we were allowed to mingle with other people. But I think I had enough of this and on my way out I did talk to some more people before winding down for the day.

Good news is that we did break the record in spite of a bad date that night. So there it goes – two items on my list are completed with this (date a total stranger and hold a gunnies book record).

 Don’t take me wrong and may be blind date can be fun but I am not sure if I ever want to try it again based on my only personal experience. But it was fun trying anyways.

My first house party in Australia and another item on my bucketlist

Yes that was something I always wanted to do as I love inviting people over dinner sometimes. But this time I wanted to throw a proper house party where all my friends can come and I get to meet them all at the same time. And we all have a good time. It was my birthday that made it possible for me to invite all of them over for a party. I was nervous as I had a race the day before the party and to be honest I have never catered these many people at once in my life. When I was little my mum and dad used to organize such parties on my birthday and heaps of people used to come but as I grew it was moreover with couple of friends somewhere in the restaurant or pub where I would celebrate my birthday and even a quiet one sometimes. I was never a big fan of birthdays since I grew up for some reason. But this year, it was a blast and I felt like it was Christmas to be honest as it was going on for a week almost starting from the weekend before when I flew to Antarctica and then on my birthday I had some ice cream at work with my colleagues and then a beautiful home cooked 4 course meal at my friends place. Then the next day my another friend took me for dinner as he couldn’t make it for my house party and after two days my house party. So it was like Christmas for me really to celebrate my birthday this year that I would never forget. I love my life for many reasons and my friends are one of the biggest reason :) So the day had come and I had done a lot of shopping the other day and that was another adventure in a way to buy so much stuff and realizing that my flatmate can’t drive me home so I had to push the trolley all the way to my home for 20 min and then back and it was quiet honestly a struggle to keep the trolley on the same track all the time and I did have some workout during that :) Anyways I was a bit tired after preparing the sangria and the big shopping on Saturday so I prepared some stuff overnight and left rest of the things for Sunday morning (party day). I woke up on time and start cooking for the party as I wanted to serve some Indian dishes. As suggested by one of the friends, I had asked everyone to bring one dish looking at the number of people that would be attending (at least 12-15 ). But I still wanted to cook few things just in case. And guess what the food was way too much and it lasted for few days in my fridge which was a good thing and better than less food. Every one loved the sangria that I had prepared and also the food very different to their usual meal. We had a laugh and an awesome time. We danced, sang and laughed again. It was one of the best way to celebrate my birthday I can say. So here it goes, another item on my bucket list successfully completed. Hope you enjoyed it and next time you might be invited on my birthday party if you are nearby ;) Have a wonderful week my friends! Regards, Kavita

Bucket List 2014 – Travel, Fitness, Food, Learning (Balance among mind, body and soul with lots of fun and adventure)

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Hello My Fellow Bloggers and Beautiful Readers,

If you are interested to know what all amazing things I did last year than here is the link:

http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/category/bucket-list/bucket-list-2013/bucket-list-items/

You must be wondering what’s happening to my bucket list for this year. Well this year I wanted to do things differently and I think I was able to do it to some extent. My idea initially was to do things as they come and then once done add them to my list. As after last year, having achieved so much changed my perspective towards the bucket list concept. I have already done few things this year that I would love to share with you and doing it already as well. I would again categorize my list in terms of body, mind and soul area to balance my actions for this year. Last year was fantastic in terms of the places I travelled, adventures I did, people I met and feeling of peace and calm that I felt.

Travel, Fitness, Food, Learning and miscellaneous – for Mind, Body and Soul

  1. Visit Antarctica
  2. Visit at least 2 new countries
  3. Visit at least one natural wonders in the world
  4. Cities / Places – Visit at least 6 new places in Australia in 12 months
  5. National Parks – Visit at least two National Parks
  6. Rivers – Visit at least two of the famous rivers
  7. Islands – Visit at least two of the famous islands
  8. Prepare for Spartan(obstacle course/ run)
  9. Prepare for True Grit (obstacle course/ run)
  10. Get some visible abs
  11. Do one race of any distance
  12. Run a half marathon (example: citytosurf in  Sydney)
  13. Run 7 days in a row and then run for a month at least 3 days a week
  14. Do my Master Scuba Diving
  15. Dive in Fish Rock
  16. Prepare meal for at least 7 days in a row
  17. Start eating 5 small meals a day
  18. Prepare your own drinks/juices/smothies
  19. Learn Spanish to be able to speak as a beginner
  20. Learn to surf
  21. Learn how to write with your left hand (as I am a right hand)
  22. Organize my first house party in Australia
  23. Hold a Guinness world record in something
  24. Go on a blind date
  25. Fall in love with someone with no expectation
  26. Participate in an event in some other country
  27. Visit Taronga Zoo in Sydney as I have never been there
  28. Participate in a flash mob
  29. Take Vow of silence a day/ a week / a month
  30. Find 10 fears in myself and overcome some of them  (example: approach some one and ask for a coffee date, cycle around Sydney)
  31. Spend a day of gratitude and no transaction of money but rather live like a monk
  32. Mamoth Cave
  33. Weekend Canyoning
  34. Buy a car
  35. Get my driving license
  36. Learn to surf
  37. Take an African Safari
  38. Plan Christmas and New Year in some awesome place – yet to decide
  39. Attend a huge rock concert
  40. Go on a sailing trip
  41. Do something for a homeless person
  42. Write list of fears like last year and overcome some of them (insert the link here)
  43. Go on a diving trip
  44. Do 10 things that make you the happiess
  45. Plan to participate in Carnival in Brazil
  46. Create a custom website for my travels and other stuff
  47. Try ice skating
  48. Do something completely spontaneously – may be five thing
  49. Ask a stranger for coffee
  50. Buy someone lunch
  51. Write a book
  52. Make a documentary

Note/ Question: I have updated the list and now its just over 50 so what do you say shall I make it a 100 ??

I would add more items here soon to make it a list of 50 like last year and let’s see how many I can achieve this year :) Wish me luck as I would need some wishes my friends :) And now get ready for an adventurous journey for this year my friend with me where nothing is predictable and anything can happen as this is my life. And as you already know it is full of mysteries to unveil on the way and lot of adventure to see.

Warm Regards,

Kavita

Color Me Rad – Different version of Holi and way to have fun and be healthy

I did it. Yay…it was one of the best weekend ever really even though I was sick. As I had so much fun and I think I overdid myself so I couldn’t recover from the cold and infection I had but I don’t really regret it. I had my  first race. Although it was a baby run of 5 KM only but it was my first step to any sort of race I would say as I have never run in any race in my life. I wanted to do a half marathan last year but never trained myself for that. But this time it was so much fun with colors and water everywhere. If you have done Colormerad before than you would know what is it all about as it is being held in various parts of the world.

I was there on time (an hour early to register and get my package after online booking). It was a long way away (2.5 hours) to get to the venue. I should have checked the place before signing up – I was told this by my friends which was a good advice. But I could not do the other colour run as I was going to Antarctica that time so this was an awesome opportunity for me to see how I go with running before my next challenge – Spartan (an obstacle course run). Even though it was no where near difficulty wise to Spartan but still it boosted my confidence for my next event for sure and that was enough for me to get going specially when I wasn’t very well for last two days anyways so I think I did ok to run 5 KM in 40 minutes I suppose as we were slowing down at water stations where they were throwing water at you and more so at the colour stations where you had to make sure you don’t open your mouth and also protect your eyes to be able to continue on the race track without any stress.

I hadn’t had so much fun for quiet a long time. There were so many kids in this event as many families were participating. Friends had come in their groups and I was missing mine as my friends were going out of town so they couldn’t be here with me. But the whole atmosphere was just amazing with music, colours, water, smiles and excitement. Before the actual race there was a zumba dance as well that lot of people followed. I couldn’t be a part of it as I took the public transport and I was trying to arrange some place to keep my backpack that I had brought with me with food and spare clothes as there was no bag drop (only issue with this event I felt). But finally I decided to run with my bag when I couldn’t find any solution to this. I was on the first of the three waves (starting 9 , 9:30 and 9:45 AM). And being alone I also managed to get in the front line. And then it started with so many people running towards the first water station and then I realized that it is my first run ever as some of the guys started to take over. And soon I knew that I have to keep up with them not to fall far behind with the rest of the people.  So I think I did good as I was at the finish line in 40 minutes or less. Even though it was a fun run with not much longer distance but it was good enough to boost my motivation for longer runs and to train harder.  Also I have attached pictures from the event. We had an awesome party with music, more colours and lots of dancing afterwards and around 12:30 I had arrived home after an eventful morning can you imagine. What a awesome way to start Sunday. You would hear a lot more about my upcoming challenges now as this year is going to be the other way around. I don’t have a bucket list but I would have things that I would add to it as I go once I do them and believe me this would be better than ever. As there wouldn’t be a pressure of completing things on the list but there would be joy to share the things I have done and the motivation and spontaneous act of doing things as they come. For example I just became a Guinness world record holder that I would share with you soon with some interesting story behind it.

Back to LA and now on my way to San Diego and then Miami and Orlando

Well you already know the adventure I had so far in USA on my trip to Los Angeles (LA) and Las Vegas so far. If not then here is a link to my adventurous travel including hitchhiking from Las Vegas to LA : http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/los-angeles-to-miami-a-journey-full-of-adventures-including-a-very-unplanned-hitchhiking/

Now here is the rest of my travel in North America with some more stories and fun things -

It was a fun ride back to Los Angeles. If you haven’t read about it then please do have a look at my hitchhiking adventure which wasn’t planned but somehow happened during my trip in North America.

Now it was time to visit beautiful San Diego and I was all excited to see some of this nice place I had head about after all. I didn’t get to visit most of it as I was there for one night and half a day only after getting to LA so late the other day. But I did get a chance to shake a leg in the pub there and also visit the maritime museum there. It was lovely to see this place I had heard about so much. And then soon it was time to head to Miami for New Year.

It was a bit sad to say good bye to my friend in Los Angeles but few things you got to do after all you are on the road and you never know whom you are going to meet on your next stop. But I love travelling for that reason as you have instant connection to people on the way and you have those precious memories in your  heart afterwards. Now my first sight of Miami was the foggy morning and the bus stand where I waited for 15-20 minutes for the bus to go to Collins Ave on North beach. Now I felt better that I booked my accommodation in a nice area. There were big hotels all around and it was 10 minutes walk to the beach from my hostel. I walked to  Miami beach in order to get some food and choose to walk by the beach to do some sightseeing as well on the way. So many people were running and I felt a bit out of track after watching them pass by every now and then as I guess I still need to work on the exercise part when I go travelling other than walking of course.

Soon I was in Miami Beach and now I chose a beachside restaurant. If you are not strict then the people from restaurant can be a bit pushy to ask you to come-in and buy food there. I end up getting my breakfast at one of the joints after walking past few places. It was nice to finally have some food after the long flight. Now I was all set to see the place again but I end up going shopping in a shopping mall there and after clothes I did buy some food as well. Now I was loaded with so many shopping bags that I had to put them down to wait for the bus. The bus system is good in Miami so don’t worry if you like to commute the local way. I love riding the busses and trains as it gives me a feeling as if I am local. But remember not everyone speaks English there so if you are not equipped with Spanish then it might take a while to start chatting with the locals.

Now it was time to celebrate New Year the next day. First I went to the so called famous mall that everyone tells you to go called – Aventura Mall, Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL, United States. It was a good and a bad thing. Bad that I spend the whole day walking and shopping there and good that I did buy some nice clothes. But yes if you live in Australia then you would certainly appreciate shopping in States as the clothes are more fashionable and affordable hence I could not let this opportunity go away from me. In the evening I went to attend a hostel party in Miami beach which went very good after I met many people and also a couple from France. I had one of the best night with these people celebrating the New Year’s eve dancing and more dancing as I didn’t drink….Cudos ;)  Yes I did it..I didn’t drink at all on this trip.

Next day I had some more time to relax and go to this awesome museum called Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Address: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida 33129, United States). To get there you would have to take a bus to Downtown Miami. And if you are at all interested in art and history and architecture then this is a place to be. I loved the whole day that I spend at this place and took a lot of pictures as well. After that I took a tour to go to Orlando the next day to visit Disney World. It was really big, so big that you have to take busses or train to get from one park to another. Soon after I returned from Orlando, it was time to head to the airport as I had an early flight so I chose to stay in the airport for couple of hours rather than sleeping in and missing my flight by any chance. This was very long flight as I was supposed to catch another plane once I got to Los Angeles from here and then to Sydney from there. It was going to be a long flight I thought but wasn’t quiet ready for the bumps on the way yet to come.

Funny enough I had an interesting night in the airport as I was totally wet from the rain in Orlando and my shoes, cap, jeans, jacket and few other clothes… everything was super wet so I had to now dry them all to reduce the weight of my luggage and still keep it as carry on. Now if you ever tried to dry anything in the drier in the washroom other than hands then you would know what I am talking about. It took me four hours to dry everything and it gave me a chance to talk to the lady cleaning the place as well. It must have been weird for her to see the door of the washroom closed for sooo long and hear the drier. I know I have this was not something people do but I had nothing else to do in the airport anyways although it did make me laugh thinking what all things I can do at desperate times….LOL. Anyways you always remember such things so I don’t regret now.

Another stop was at Atlanta where we were supposed to change planes. I soon had a heavy breakfast after de-boarding the plane which I regretted soon as it was way too heavy for my stomach. But soon I realized that it was a good idea to have some food as we were stuck in Atlanta for next 6 hours now due to the weather conditions. Storm was coming from New York and all the incoming flights were either delayed or cancelled. After 3 hours I started to get worried now as I had to catch another plane in Los Angeles and that too with different airline with no insurance in case I miss the flight. Zeez it started to get a bit scary as every hour passed. I started to loose my nerve now after almost no sleep last night and waiting in the airport for so long. I soon went to get another boarding pass (this was fourth in a row) and made a joke to some one standing near the machine while getting the boarding pass. I was almost into tears but then this guy made me feel better by talking to me about the whole situation and about my travel in USA. Some times I guess just the human touch can do wonders. And that’s what I felt after I talked to him after being so frustrated. Finally we boarded the flight. Once I got off the plane in Los Angeles, my friend there came to visit me and we went for dinner before my next flight back to Sydney.

 My friend then dropped me back to the airport only for me to realize that after all this travelling (day and night), I had forgotten the actual date of my flight and was in the airport a day early. My god, jetlag and lots of planes with no sleep can do that to you I thought. But I was lucky as the lady at the desk pre-poned my flight and got me on a plane the same night due to the cancellation of lot of other incoming flights.  And I was able to come to Sydney on Sunday rather than Monday morning just before work. It was really good as I did need to take some rest before I could go to work again. Pffff…so this was my journey to USA, first time in the main land other than Hawaii last year. And I can say it was hilarious, scary, emotional, adventurous and fun. Nothing that I every thought of but for the best. God Bless USA :)

Warm Regards,

Kavita

Antarctica – A journey to remember

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As you know I bought a ticket to Antarctica for myself for my birthday and it went amazing after many years. I had the best birthday in many years or I must say since I grew up. Last year was not bad either as I was diving deep with Manta Rays in the night in Hawaii but this year I celebrated it with so many people and that made it extra special. I threw my first house party as well in Australia for my birthday and it went well with almost a dozen attendees and I must say it was like Christmas for me last when I started from the last weekend in Antarctica and then till yesterday with a house party and dinners, lunches along the way. It was like a whole week celebration and I do feel like a celebrity now. And with so many wishes here from all of you my lovely friends. I couldn’t have asked for more.

But I know you must be eagerly waiting for the pictures from Antarctica now so here they are as I was so busy the whole week that didn’t get a chance to upload them. But it’s never too late anyways. It was one of the most amazing things one can do and I guess I might take the boat one day to get there even closer than this time.

It was not just the destination, but I felt it was the whole journey and various aspect of this trip that made it special. I went to Brisbane for this trip and it was funny as I didn’t know what to pack as I was flying there to fly again and most of the time I was about to spend in the plane and the airport. But anyways as always I did pack few extra clothes and some of my dresses just in case I go out in the night to see the night life in Brisbane. But I end up spending time in the hostel I was staying watching a movie and I only had three hours of sleep before my trip which was not ideal but sometimes you do loose time when you meet awesome people to talk. And there I was with my tag around my neck like a medal and walking all proud in the airport to get to my gate for the flight. I was a bit early and all excited to get on the plane. Then slowly people started pouring from nowhere and in an hour we had more than 100 people almost. And I preferred to be at the end almost as it’s saves you queuing up for so long. But then the moment we got comfortable in the plane we were told that one of the extra engine has failed and the team of engineers is fixing this. But it was not a fortunate start so we had to de-board the plane soon for few hours to get the engine fixed properly. Fortunately we were able to fly the same day although after 4 hours but it was worth the wait. We were served Champaign soon after we boarded and then comes a snack pack that I did finish quickly as I felt a bit hungry by this time. We then flew in this big jumbo jet and I started watching the movie – ‘Last Vegas’ after having a small conversation with my fellow travellers next to my seat. I thought I might have a nap but the environment was full of excitement so I couldn’t afford a sleep at all.

Then finally we were told that soon we would spot our first iceberg and then people started getting up from their seat and start queuing up next to the window to see the first sight of the ice berg. It was all white at first (of-course what else was I expecting). But the first sight was more of a water and ice mixer to be honest but not long after we were over the top of few really big ice bergs and considering the height we were at, they were really big I must say. Also then we started getting plane ice all over and then a stream of water among those big rocks of ice. The adventure had started and now it was time to spot various sights in the same colour. Good thing is now the water is blue so it was easy to tell the ice bergs apart from the water and also we did spot a ship on the so called harbour. People were co-operative and were giving others space to see if they had their share of sight seeing over some places. Almost everyone was out there with their cameras and glasses.

Note: Do not forget your sunglasses as the light reflected from the ice is quiet strong that may even hurt your eye.

So there it was my first trip to Antarctica and my birthday gift to myself. Let me know if you have ever been there or want to go in future or if even are fascinated by the whole fact. I am waiting for your comments and opinions about this whole adventure my friend.

Link to book the flight: http://www.antarcticaflights.com.au/

Regards,

Kavita (Sunshine and hugs from Sydney)

Oh my Gosh..its my birthday now and another year has passed so I want to say thank you :)

Hi All,

Thanks to all here to make my year a wonderful year. As I couldn’t have done it without you. Either it was doing my bucket list (http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/my-promise-to-myself-for-5-years-to-live-life-fully-first-installment-is-here-already-bucket-list-2013/) or being a blogger to share my experiences or learning from things in life I went through and all the journeys from small to big that I was able to make. I am so grateful to you all. And now I am a year older, wiser and much more happier it is all because of you and all the amazing people around me who gave me hope when I had none, who showed me light when it was way too dark, who gave me courage when I was about to break and who gave me love when I was alone.

I love my friends, family and most of all each of you from the core of my heart for being a precious part of my life and I feel bless today on my birthday for that.

One more thing as I update teh twitter and facebook more often sometimes when I am travelling or day to day life is keeping me a little bit busy. Hence it’s my request for you all to join me on twitter and facebook so that I can keep in touch more often in busy times. Also drop me a message and I would follow you back :) Happy days!

 

Regards,

Kavita Joshi

Whats your best Birthday treat – Mine is a flight to Antarctica for myself

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One of the best thing you can do for yourself – treat yourself the nicest as you so deserve it. Here I am sitting at the Airport to fly to Antarctica..a unique way to celebrate my birthday that I would never forget :) Thank you all for an awesome year here.
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Australia day in Perth with a house party and lot more fun sand boarding on the way to the dessert

I had booked this trip last year as Perth and Alice Spring ware left on my list after last years domestic travelling around Australia (http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/category/travelling/australia/).

 Also one of my bucket list (http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/category/bucket-list/bucket-list-2013/bucket-list-items/) item for last year  was to travel at least seven cities around Australia in 7 months. I was luckily able to do more than that though and here is the link to the same (http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/bucket-list-2013-week-15-7-places-traveled-in-3-months-rather-than-7-months/).

 So here I was in Perth arrived after 9:30 PM on Friday night after finishing my work in Sydney. I was on a adventure trip I should have realized since I was trying couch surfing (http://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/dont-drink-before-diving-with-great-white-sharks-week-3/) again in Perth. I usually call it adventure but some people might call it a disaster or trouble when you arrive in a new place and you don’t know where you are going to stay as your host doesn’t pick up the call and the other couch host who promised to give you a ride to your destination changes the plan at the last moment. So here I was in Perth trying to call my host but didn’t get through but you know what you learn from past and this had happened to me in Armidale before when the host didn’t pick up my call all night and I didn’t even have his address (being a newbie to couch surfing). You must be thinking why do I even do it then – couch surfing when it is so much trouble at times. But the thing is you sometime never get to experience the place like a local if you don’t stay with locals and this trip of mine to Perth re-confirmed this again.

 So I was smart this time and had another contact as well in Perth for couch surfing and was able to get through Jason (another couch surfer host) and thankfully I found his place around 1 AM and was able to get few hours of sleep before I headed for the tour to  ‘Pinnacle dessert’ early morning.  His house was full of four other couch surfers that night but he was so nice that I didn’t mind staying in the space available although I did doubt my decision for a moment thinking why do I chose a night with no proper bed and rest and why do I have to even try this couch surfing. But anyways I did make a decision and stick to it and luckily I get through and had some awesome people around me during that time. For me the person who was hosting me was super nice and that changed my mind and I preferred to stay there for the whole duration because of the fact that the host as well as the other couch surfers were awesome company and comfort really didn’t matter after that and that too just for three days. I met Julie, Marie from France and Gosia, Piotrek from Poland. And I can say they make great friends along with Jason and made me feel home when I was in this new city (Perth). So I would recommend to know your priorities while trying something new as you might like it or not but you should always know what your preference would be in case you need to choose and to make sure no matter what but you have a great time doing that new thing while travelling.

 So here was a new lesson for me where I learned more about myself and others. And yes we are good friends now and I miss them already :) Now to continue the story, the next day I went to Pinnacle dessert and I met this guy I saw in the airport as co-incidentally he was also travelling from Sydney in the same plane and doing the same tour as mine. Hence now I had a travel buddy for this trip which made it even more fun. We went to a zoo on the way to the dessert and did a lot of sand boarding on the way back from there. The tour guide said that he hasn’t seen adrenalin junkies like us on a sand boarding place. Well I went uphill almost 10 times and other few were the same. What if my calf muscles were killing me, I couldn’t resist the urge to feel the rush of sand boarding again and again. You must visit Pinnacle dessert if you go to Perth and have some time under your belt and if you are even a little bit into adventure then do try sand boarding, its fun. So this was the highlight of my day and in the night I hit three different bars/pubs/clubs in Fremantle, Perth. It was such a fun night out with some great music and lots of lots of dancing. I met few more people during this which made the night even more fun and interesting. No wonder I love travelling as its always a surprise at every other corner even like meeting different people from different places/ areas of life.  Hence the first day was full on and I did well I must say :) And I would share the highlights of Australia Day and my visit around the city in the next post.  So stay tuned. And I know I still need to share my experience of San Diego and Miami in USA which I am working on currently and would be back with some interesting things to share with you.

Exploring Perth, Western Australia this year on Australia Day

 It was a quick trip so I wasn’t really thinking much about it till it was the day I had to leave for Perth. I quickly searched for the things I can do in Perth and few options were given as must see in Perth:

Attractions around Perth:

  • Pinnacles Desert
  • Wave Rock
  • Rottnest Island
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Wildflowers and Aboriginal Cultural
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Wildlife Cruise

Here is a link to few tours if you are interested:

http://www.viator.com/perth-tours/d389-ttd?pref=02&aid=g2308

http://www.travelaust.com.au/perth-tours.html?gclid=CJ3T99L6n7wCFQsDvAodu0kA2w

https://www.aussieperthtours.com.au/tour_styles.php?style=full-day-tours

 I had three days to spend in Perth, including Australia day hence I decided to take a tour for the first day (25th Jan) so that I still have two days to celebrate Australia day and checked out some local places for less money. As tours usually cost a lot in Australia hence every time you go somewhere try to mix tours and free attractions to make the most of your visit to that place.

 Other than the above attractions that takes a fair bit of drive (2 – 3 hours each), there are some local attractions/places that you should visit when you are in Perth.

  • Fremantle
  • Cottesloe beach
  • Northbridge
  • Kings Park

 Public transport: It can be difficult to get around quickly in Perth if you rely on the public transport too much but still the connectivity is good and it saves you some money if time is not an issue. If you are flying there then  there is a shuttle (bus number 37 ) that is free from airport but make sure you check the timetable for this bus as I arrived in Perth airport around 9:30 and by the time I checked out I was told that the shuttle doesn’t run after certain time. So I wasn’t able to use this facility but see if your timing are appropriate to take this shuttle to city and then make your way from there.

Here is a link of the transport website: http://www.perthairport.com.au/ToTheAirport/PublicTransport.aspx

 Weather:

 Springtime in Perth: Spring begins in September in Perth,

  1. Average Spring Temperatures
 
  1. September: Daytime 18-21C
  1. Overnight Minimum 9-12C
  1. October: Daytime 21-24C
  1. Overnight Minimum 9-12C
  1. November: Daytime 24-27C
  1. Overnight Minimum 12-15C

 Summer in Perth: The official start of summer in Perth is December, finishing 3 months later at the end of February.

  1. Average Summer Temperatures
 
  1. December: Daytime 27-30C
  1. Overnight Minimum 15-18C
  1. January: Daytime 30-33C
  1. Overnight Minimum 18-21C
  1. February: Daytime 30-33C
  1. Overnight Minimum 18-21C

  Autumn in Perth: Autumn begins in March and finishes at the end of May

  1. Average Autumn Temperatures
 
  1. March: Daytime 27-30C
  1. Overnight Minimum 15-18C
  1. April: Daytime 24-27C
  1. Overnight Minimum 12-15C
  1. May: Daytime 21-24C
  1. Overnight Minimum 9-12C

 Winter in Perth: The mild Perth winter begins at the start of June and finishes at the end of August.

  1. Average Winter Temperatures
 
  1. June: Daytime 18-21C
  1. Overnight Minimum 9-12C
  1. July: Daytime 15-18C
  1. Overnight Minimum 6-9C
  1. August: Daytime 18-21C
  1. Overnight Minimum 9-12C

 [Reference: http://www.perthtouristcentre.com.au/weather.php]

 And apart from the facts about the place here is more about my adventure in Perth. I am not sure why even the simplest trip as this one turns into some sort of adventure or roller coaster for me. Well ma be you guys would know it by now that if I am on the road then nothing less than adventure really suits my life and my travelling style so I can’t complain :)

Los Angeles to Miami – A journey full of adventures including a very unplanned hitchhiking

So overall all it was not that scary once I got there. People had asked me if I was scared and to be honest I was not that scared till they started asking and that implanted a lot of doubts in my head about travelling alone in North America with no driving skills. A work mate of mine even laughed about the fact that I usually like to walk around saying that – ‘don’t walk on the road, police might just shoot you on the spot’. It was funny but when I was looking forward to this trip (my first time in mainland in America), it wasn’t funny at the end and it made me more anxious. I had to see though what is this all about and I had to go to Los Angeles due to being a really big fan of Hollywood movies. If you don’t know much about me then just so that you know, I have watched thousands of Hollywood movie and I can say that I grew up watching them so this trip was like a dream come true. I know I sound very melodramatic but that was the expression on my face since I started from Sydney and all the way to Los Angeles. I was excited and I couldn’t stop smiling and I guess that made people even more friendly towards me and I got lots of food on the way to Los Angeles and even a Christmas pack full of lollies from the flight attendant.

I was asked few questions at the custom and they looked quiet intrigued knowing that it is my first time in USA and that too alone and I don’t know anyone here. Well you have to start somewhere. I knew people in USA but just not the places I had planned to visit ;) Sounds like an adventure isn’t it. I know it was exciting and was keeping me on my toes with this thrilling sensation even when I was not doing any adventure sport here. This trip was more adventurous than many other things I have done in my life I can say. And I do really mean it so if you ever doubt of doing something but get excited thinking about it then trust me it would be good to just do it. As I had not expected anything from this trip but it became one of the most adventurous (in different sense), emotional roller coaster kind of trip of my life. I cried, I laughed, I got scared, I smiles, I went curious with new things, I was hungry, I was too full, I rested, I went days without enough or no sleep and finally I felt sad while leaving USA. That’s how wonderful my trip really was.

My actual plan was to spend Christmas in LA (Los Angeles) and New Year in Miami. But I end up going to Las Vegas for Christmas from where I did a tour to Grand Canyon with a helicopter ride and a boat trip at the very bottom of the canyon in Colorado river. I don’t know about others but I was awe-struck for quiet some time and was trying to soak this all in and taking pictures at the same time with this amazing place. No doubt that its a natural wonder of the world. I had to literally run as it was a day tour so I would advice if possible then take few days to absorb the beauty of grand canyon and definitely do a helicopter ride if you can afford as its worthwhile when you have already planned this trip to Grand Canyon. Here are few links for the tour just in case:

Now that I had done the tour to Grand Canyon and seen all the beautiful and exotic casinos of Vegas it was time to go back to Los Angeles and visit San Diego from there. But guess what I missed my bus. It so happened that I must have been walking way too much and when I was in Vegas, I kind of lost track of time with day and night. I was having my first coffee first thing in the morning and last thing in the day as well ;) Around 2 AM I had my coffee as per my Vegas routine and put an alarm on my phone without realizing it was not plugged to the charger properly and then the inevitable happened. My phone died and I realized it was 9:30 AM already and my bus must have left by 7:30 AM. I was in a wired state of shock when you feel like déjà Vu and I tried to go back to sleep thinking it might be just a dream. Unfortunately it wasn’t and then I started looking for another bus which wasn’t going to run till late in the evening so it looked almost impossible for me to get to San Diego tonight. But I wasn’t going to give up that easy hence I decided to hitch hike. Yes, you heard me right I was all up for asking for a ride. I started my attempt in the hotel I was staying but I was too shy to literally going to people and ask hence I asked one lady only. Then navigated the way to Los Angeles on my GPS and started walking towards this road that leads to Los Angeles. I wish it wasn’t that far then I could have just walked to it ;) Any ways I did take a ride from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and that too with a very nice truck driver and learned all about him and his nice family on the way and I am still alive so it was fun I must say.

Its time for me to go now and I would tell you more about this adventure and how I was told to stand at the right spot to be able to hitch hike to LA by  a local in Vegas who had done his share of hitch hiking in his time. So stay tuned my friends as its been a while that I have had a chat with you all and I missed you so very much :) But not to worry I am back and that too with lots of stories to tell.

 

Love at first sight – Grand Canyon

I literally didn’t have a better heading to give this time due to lack of words to describe my experience of Grand Canyon. It is one of those moments where youvfeel overwhelmed by the magnificient view and the magnitude of this beautiful place.

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Bucket-List 2013 – Learn martial arts

Hello My Lovely Fellow Bloggers,

A smile and hug from Sydney. I had an amazing weekend this time like many others and I am back to share some stories and experience with you including my bucketlist adventure. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

Item #26: Learn martial arts

I have been learning Jujitsu for last many weeks now. I am still a beginner and planning to continue next year as well to make sure I get better at it. I have been a big fan of martial arts movie all my life and this year – thanks to my bucket list I was finally able to convert my dream into reality and it was such an amazing feeling to stand in-front of the instructor wearing my new Gi. It started with lot more enthusiasm as I was not injured and I could easily manage the new techniques I was learning but gradually I started getting sore and it became harder to practice more often hence I had to drop my attendance from 4 times a week to 2 times a week. And Salsa also got me injured on my feet and I had to make sure I don’t get bashed too much and protect my feet from any blow. I am getting better at it I must say as being a girl this is something I was never used to of. But now getting injured or sore and being thrown on the mat seems like a normal activity. I still want to go to the origin martial art places in China and practice to handle my chi energy one day. As of now I must practice what I am learning and focus on techniques as being small and light weight from other guys in the class it is very important for me to use more techniques than strength as otherwise it is very easy for me to get beaten while spiring. I didn’t get  a chance to take my picture in the Gi but next year when I get a little bit better, I would post more about my experience of martial arts and specially Brazilian Jujitsu (style I am learning) as a girl.

Regards,

Kavita

Bucket-List 2013 : Plan for New Year and Christmas in Miami and Los Angeles

A smile and hug from Sydney. I had an amazing weekend this time like many others and I am back to share some stories and experience with you including my bucketlist adventure. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

Item #11: Plan for New Year and Christmas in Miami and Los Angeles

Looks like things are falling in place and I am off to Los Angeles for Christmas and Miami for New Year. Awesome holidays after hard work at the job. I am lucky to have you all to share my happiness as well. I am planning to also visit Las Vegas and Grand Canyon when I am in Los Angeles. It should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to this break now.

Bucket-List 2013 : Start learning Spanish

New year would bring a lot of happiness and lot more adventures to come to all of us I pray. I have been troubled, happy, sad, hurt, amused, peaceful and anoyed this year. But it wouldn’t stop me from saying that this is one of the best year of my life so far. No matter how many times my ex and his girlfriend tried to attack this serinity, no matter what all problems occured in life, but with amazing friends, family and specially all of you, I have been able to get through everything and now its time to celebrate :)

Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

Item #1: Start learning Spanish

Also the first item on my bucket list was to learn Spanish. Even though I havn’t mastered it yet as I started really late on this and I think I should have reversed ny bucket list as I started somewhere from bottom and most of the items are finished if you read from bottom to top. I have started learning Spanish a little bit and I would include this as long term goal in next year’s bucket list as well. But I think its fun learning a new language and after doing 6 months certification in German language its been years and years since I have tried another language other than few words that I learn whenever I visit a new place. But I would keep you posted on my progress and soon I want to go to South America and Spain hence I better learn this language properly ;)

Bucket-List 2013 : Practice Indoor Rock Climbing

After finishing many other items on my bucket list I have to say that I haven’t been able to finish each and every item on my bucket list but I am proud of myself for what all things I have done after setting my bucket list on 6th May 2103 this year with 50 items and some of which were like Visit at least 7 cities of Australia in next 7 months and Write 50 Poems that took a lot longer due to the nature of the work. Also there are some really long term goals like Get my weight back to 47 KG and Complete Advanced Scuba diving course. There are many other very interesting items as well like Swim with Crocodile & Swim with White Sharks and I call them the higlight adventures of my bucket list really. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

Item #30: Practice Indoor Rock Climbing

This one I wouldn’t say I did very often but looking at the very less time I was left with, I did go once and I would try to be more regular next year when I might have more time in hand. But thanks to everyone to make my journey so beautiful as always :) Also I would update here some more items and hopefully would post the draft bucket list for next year soon :) Have a wonderful day dear friends.

Bucket-List 2013 : Get my weight back to 47 KG

Hello My Lovely Fellow Bloggers,

A smile and hug from Sydney. I had an amazing weekend this time like many others and I am back to share some stories and experience with you including my bucketlist adventure. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

Item #27: Get my weight back to 47 KG

Another goal achieved, Hurrah! It took a while to get back there and not exactly but I am pretty close after dancing, martial art, travel and exercising this year. I am glad that I have achieved the set goal of my weight finally this year and would make sure when I come back after christmas then I work more on myself and make sure I keep up with fitness level.

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Bucket-List 2013 – Canyoning

Hello My Dear Friends,

I am back with some good news about this week as I have got some update for my bucket list  from last week.

Here is also a link for my bucket list for 2013 if you haven’t had a look. My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and also another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it. My Fears

Item Number #31:  Canyoning

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It was already late when I got home after a night with karaoke and dancing but I had to get up in few hours from now so I put a couple of alarms on my phone as always and put myself to bed as quickly as possible. I had a good and a bad day. Good because the work went ok in many days with not much stress and also I was able to do another item on my bucket list – Karaoke, bad because my phone was dropped into water and I lost the display due to it and also it was more sitting than dancing in a Cuban bar today. But anyways no where I was with no packing done and I knew that I was living at the edge by being this careless and by being out this late when I had to go canyoning and abseiling the next day and had to be in the city by 6:45 AM in the morning.

My alarm rang and I felt as if someone was calling me from a distance. I must be dreaming but I was out of bed by 5:15 AM which was pretty good considering I went to bed around 1:30 AM. Yes I know I should be more careful before a big day full of adventure and may be because this year is slipping out of my hand so I am trying to squeeze as many things as possible. But next year I would try to take more rest :)

I arrived at the train station but there was no train until another 17 minutes that would get me city by 6:50 AM and I was worried sick now to get late but then I realized I don’t have to take a train and I ran to catch a bus. Yes my weekends are usually more hectic and includes a lot of running due to occasional delay from my end. I know, I know I am working on it ;) I arrived at the pick up location on time and it was not a sunny day and my friend there informed me of upcoming storm that was not a good news either. I was joking that we should change the plan and may be go to some other nice place for relaxing and touring than canyoning. We were soon picked up from there and now we were on the way to the southern highlands where we were supposed to do canyoning in the beautiful rainforest.

Soon we were gearing up and checking what exact gear fits us for canyoning as there was a 30 minutes walk to the place from where we would start abseiling. The first drop itself was the scariest one I felt as after that canyoning and abseiling was no more a fear for me but something else was. And it was jumping into the deep water from various high places. I have never jumped into water from any height in my life and it was fear of height mixed with the fact that you go under the water when you land. Even though I love sky diving and have tried bungy jumping this was a fear I realized I had deep in my heart. And today was the day when I would face it and would have no other choice but to get over it.

The first abseil was ok apart from few bumps here and there and that was good enough to get the fear out of my mind other than the fact I learned to slow down myself and tell myself not to worry about how much time it takes to get down as long as I try to follow the instructions properly not to bump myself into the rock much. Then there came the jumping part when I was the last person other than the guide there to jump. I literally begged him to choose another way to get down but he asked me that I need to do this in order to do other jumps and get comfortable. Hence here I was standing there for quiet some time as every time I would get close to the edge I could feel my heart beating faster and faster from almost 3 meter height. But at last I felt embarrassed as everyone else was waiting for me and I was holding up the whole group hence I did jump from there with my heart in my mouth. Wow it was some achievement I could feel as my heart was still pumping fast. But then there was another jump where I was second one to go and another one where you have to let go the rope and jump backwards after a little bit of abseiling and then there was this jump where you have to make sure you jump far enough not to hit the rock on the way. Boy this time I did scare everyone as when I jumped I was a meter or less away from the rock and it was a serious risk to my head that I couldn’t see coming.

I had always thought to get a proper training in a pool from a instructor to jump into the water like this. But I didn’t know that I would end up jumping with no formal training and directly into wilderness area where there was no one to save me just in case I get seriously injured. But any ways it has become a milestone of my life now as towards the end we had a slide to jump into the water and there were some volunteer jumps as well from 8.5 meter to 12 meters. And guess what I wanted to do the slide again but then half way back to slide I was standing at this 8.5 meter high place from where others had jumped and I felt the urge to get over my fear and jump from there. I was standing there when others started counting and it made my heart jump really. And the more I stood there jumping became almost impossible. But now it was more a matter of winning over my fear of height and water as I had seen others jumping from such height and still be safe. For many of you this might be like a joke but seriously for me it was such a fear that almost made me feel that I might even die if I jump into the water from this height. But I am really happy that I did it and now I think next time I wouldn’t have this fear in me anymore :)

Special thanks to the instructors from Eagle Rock Adventure for their support and good training for the day – http://eaglerockadventures.com.au/

Regards,

Kavita

Bucket-List 2013 – Sing Karaoke

Hello My Dear Friends,

I am back with some good news about this week as I have got some update for my bucket list  from last week.

Here is also a link for my bucket list for 2013 if you haven’t had a look. My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and also another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it. My Fears

 Item Number #18:  Sing Karaoke

 It was a Friday evening and I had booked for Karaoke for five people with some food included. But unfortunately as it was very close to Christmas hence I couldn’t get many people to join but only one of my very good friend. She was a true friend I must say as she knew we both are terrible at singing but it was on my bucket list of this year to do karaoke and she agreed to do it irrespective of anyone else joining. It was fun to have our own booth and we sang, shouted, talked, ate and posed for pictures that was so much fun I must say. It was like having your own space to do whatever you like and we definitely went a little bit crazy in there. And yes there was no alcohol involved surprisingly as we both are not big fan of drinking at this time. We sang few numbers from Jenifer Lopez and some other female. And yes we sang ‘Beautiful’ from Akon too considering how much I am listening to him these days :) It was fun after all and although it is not my favourite thing to do on Earth but with a bunch of other people I would not mind doing it again. And with that another item on my bucket list is complete. Yay…Not every item on my bucket list is done but I am really proud to say that after starting on this journey from June 2013 and with almost 7 months I have come a long way overcoming a lot of my fears and enjoying every bit of it. And I wish to have another wonderful year with you all like this in my life :)

Hiking Weekend: Bucket-List 2013 – Hike to the cradle mountain and experience being a tour guide for few hours along with visiting the place called ‘Bay of Fire’

Hllo My Lovely Fellow Bloggers and Friends,

A smile and hug from Sydney. I am back to share some stories and experience with you including my bucketlist adventure. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

Item Number #38 Vsit one of these – Cradle Mountain / Wineglass Bay /Bay of Fires in Launceston, Tasmania

One of the must do when you are in Tasmania is to walk up to the summit of Cradle Mountain after visiting the beautiful blue Dove lake. It was on my bucket list and I am really glad to tell you that I did experience this when I was in Tasmania. It was a short trip and I was determined to see few places when I was in Launceston, Tasmania. Hence I booked a tour as I don’t drive and it became another memorable tour of my life really. It was windy and cold when we got there but I was lucky to have a really good weather when we reached to the Marion’s lookout. There is a very famous overland track that starts from there and we met a lot of hikers doing that six days track as well with big backpacks. I might like to do it one day if I stay in Australia for long I think.

But anyways it was a steep climb at few places but there were chains that you can hold on to while climbing for assistance so I think most of the people with average fitness can do this walk and at least going to the Marion’s lookout is definitely worth doing. As you would be rewarded with beautiful views of the valley as well as many lakes that are visible from the summit. On the way back the tour guide asked us to take another route and he suggested that he would dive the van to the other location for us. Somehow others managed to make me a temporary tour guide after seeing my skills in bush walking which took me by surprise but I loved the job for next one hour or so and made sure everyone is happy and safe on the way back. But it was really nice to meet so many new people on this walk. I did have some funny tour guide moments when I thought a waterfall that our tour guide was talking is nearby and I literally told everyone that the stream of water was the so called waterfall whereas in another few minutes we were able to spot the actual one ;) A bit cheeky of me, I know and everyone had a good laugh at that. And then we met our tour guide on the suggested location after a nice hike and a good workout.

Also I had a chance to go to the beautiful place called – Bay of fire, a beach in Tasmania. This should be another must do thing when you are in Tasmania. I am sharing the pictures of this place as well. Although it was cold and I end up lying in the beach with my jacket and jeans on but I loved it whatsoever. I love Tasmania so much that I would go there any time I get a chance in future. Its not just the place but people there are also so lovely and warm. Also as the space here in wordpress is filling fast hence I upload more pics on the facebook page as of now till I get a proper website up and running for my blog. So kindly join me on facebook to see more pictures and get some very exciting updates from Talking Experience :)

Regards,

Kavita

Bucket-list 2013 – Caving: Plughole Adventure in Jenolan Caves

Hello My Fellow Bloggers,

I am trying to do things in my bucket list as you know and my apology not to be regular with writing due to being involved in a few things in my list that are taking a lot of my time and also I am trying to fit some travelling into it. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet and I have brought some exciting new adventures that I have been involved recently.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

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Item #6: Try caving – Jenolan Caves in Sydney

I was a bit nervous and could feel butterflies in my stomach that day. My friend gave me some confidence by saying that I would be alright but  I think waiting for something like this was making me utterly nervous and also I had discussed this with my other girl friends and they were not quiet sure how strenuous it might be actually. So my latest adventure was caving. I recently did ‘Plughole Adventure’ caving in Jenolan caves – One of the oldest caves in the world and one of the most amazing place in New South Wales that also had got bulb installed in the area for the first time. It was a warm and sunny day but still I packed my backpack with warm clothes thinking that it might be very cold inside the cave and I was a bit worried about getting injured there due to all the crawling and sliding. As this was the first time I was trying this activity hence I seemed to be quiet naive obviously. And when I realized it involved some abseiling as well that I haven’t done before then my heartbeat was over the roof. But soon the abseiling part was done surprisingly and guess what I did pretty ok actually. I am going for canyoning soon and this was a good practice I must say. So here we were at our first hole in the cave that looked very small but surprisingly after following the instruction from the guides we were able to pass that easily by crawling, squeezing and sliding. Next part was easy and touristic as we just walked few meters to get to the root of a very old tree that was there for couple of hundred years. Its amazing to see the underground part of the nature as well at times. And next was the rocks where we saw the signatures of all the people who had been there, including a lady in  early 1800. We did get to hear a number of stories about people who had been here and explored the various routes in the cave. It was only later when we got a chance to switch off our torch and experienced pitch black darkness.

It was overall a refreshing and self awareness activity I felt after having finished it successfully and also sometimes we don’t realize how much potential we have got and we are capable of doing lot more than we actually think we can do :) That’s what I find out when I overcome my fears and try to do something new.

Letter from a stranger who saved my life as I almost died that night

Hi All,

I was going through my stuff and found this letter from a stranger who became an angel and a friend later. It was the time when I was going through a very rough stage in my life. When I look back now it feels like eternity and I can’t believe that I was so upset in my life at that point due to the people whom I loved and cherished once and who hurt me the most in my life. I might not have shared this a year ago but now that I am out of that situation and have become a much stronger and happier person in life then I would like to share this letter that I recieved from a person who saved my life and stood by me that night. It was christmas party that I wanted to go to make sure I get a bit of a change from my current life’s problems and get my mind away from the problems. It was the fear of my ex that took over after few drinks and I panicked that night. Then worst happened and I was lucky to find some angles that night to save my life and help me realise no matter how much people hurt you or damage your life but there are others selfless souls in this world who spread peace and love. And that makes me feel that there is absolutely no reason to give up on people who are no good for you or who treat you mean and create problems in your life. But rather think about the nice people around and the goodness in this world and have hope and love in your heart. Thanks to those people who saved me and whom I would always be grateful to. So here goes the letter:

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Hey,

Nicole and I (photo attached) were there from the start til the very end so I’m happy to meet with you to discuss it, or below is basically the details of the event.

At about 10.30, while we were all sitting in a circle chatting, we noticed you were rather intoxicated.

Within minutes, you collapsed to the floor. 

Rich (photo attached – only one I have on my phone) grabbed you up to sit up but you fell back down.  So he laid you on your side until the medical guys that were on site arrived.

We took you into a side room.  At this point, there were only Nicole, Rich, Pauline and I, including the staff of Town Hall and party organisers, and the med guys were in the room trying to assist.

At this point, your heart rate dropped and there was a 50/50 chance.  You were severely in shocked and body was not coping well.  I dont believe they performed CPR but they had to put a lot of pressure on your chest due to your heart beat slowing right down.  The med guys decided that you needed to be taken to hospital.

As you arrived to the party with no one and Pauline and Rich had to go, Nicole and I volunteered to be present with you in the ambulance and at the hospital.

Whilst in the ambulance I made all attempts to get an emergency contact details through work place, but to no avail.  We also went through your phone and attempted to contact Kunal whom wasn’t able to come due to no transportation.  At this point, we were already aware your situation with regards to your ex (as you had mentioned it to Pauline and we were informed so that we could treat this matter carefully)

We saw numbers on the phone from text messages that we knew not to call. 

Upon arriving at the Sydney hospital the nurse took a breath test, and unfortunately you were 4 times over the limit.  This was consumed within 2-3 hours max.  We knew the mental and emotional state you were in but we had no idea whether you had taken any pills prior or not.  You were admitted to emergency.  This was about midnight.  Nicole and I stuck by you til 2.30.  During this time, you were still quite in shock and intoxicated.  Towards the end, you gained some consciousness and became more aware of the situation ie you being at the hospital.  You got up to Nicole and I.  You opened up a lot to us about the AVO and personal situation.  You managed to give us your address in North shore., as we of course didn’t want to take you back to the address on your licence for your safety.  A lot was said by you which I truly hope one day soon it will be over and brighter days for you.  We even got to the point where both shed tears because you spoke of ending your life to find peace.  I have had friends that passed away and one committed suicide. I showed you a tattoo on my arm of my friend and told you that not a day go by, I dont feel hurt by the selfish act of my friend.  So please, I hope you dont do anything silly to yourself.  I dont know you well enough but I know you are in a bad place, but I do believe that what happens today makes us stronger tomorrow for brighter days ahead. At 2.30 I spoke to the nurse and she informed me that we didnt have long at the hospital as at this stage you were no longer in danger and not life threatening.  We escorted you out onto the road and attempted to get a taxi.  At 3am we managed to get one, and Nicole lives over the bridge so she took you home first, ensured you got into your place ok and she left to go home.  I live in Waterloo so I left as soon as you guys got a cab. 

It was a night that we all didn’t expect but it does happen.  Do not feel embarrassed.  If you were a drunk and its a common thing then I would have stuck by you but due to the fact that you had a lot going on, it was the right thing to do to ensure your safety comes first. 

I hope you are feeling much better now and you said you are seeking help from a counsellor.  I truly hope it works out as you seemed like a really nice person that wants nothing but happiness and to live a normal life.  Stay strong and know that you are not alone.  I am only a phone call away if you need a friend OK. 

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I am not sure what kind of problems you might face in life but smaller or bigger we all are capable to choose a life for ourself and lead a life with happiness if we are willing to. So don’t feel embarrased about things that have happened in your life as we all have a past. But its the choices we make in our present and its the decisions we make to corrct them that matters the most.

A warm and kind hug from a friend – Kavita

You got to have hope and a smile – Rest will follow

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“I would rather be dreaming than living,
Living is just too hard to do.
Its chances not choices,
Noises not voices, Day is just to hard to get through.”

These lines made me think how easy it is sometimes to loose hope. But rough times are only there to remind us that we need to change whatever we are doing and get back to the good things to make it a better start and a better life for ourselves. I have changed, in last one year my life has taken several turns and as a person I have developed a lot, learned a lot and found a new me. In this journey I went through different phases – phase when I was giggly, phase when I was calm and happy, phase when I was upset, phase when I was sad and depressed, phase when I had this unknown fear of new things, phase when I found this new courage in me to do stuff which I never thought I could do before. It was amazing how life has changed so much in just one year. Now when I look back and see where I was and where I have come, I can see what all choices I made and what all options I created myself. I would never regret any of it and if given a second chance I don’t think I would like to change any thing either. I am standing in a booth in the airport, about to embark on another adventure this year, thinking how many people I have met and how many lives I have learned about. The roller coaster of emotions have been overwhelming at times and I have been stubborn not to face the truth several times but yet I have come so far and that’s what makes us all who we are. We keep going in this journey of life and things happen but the truth is ‘it shall too pass’ no matter what. Thats’ why it’s very important to keep your head down a little when time is bad and think ‘it shall too pass’ and keep the light shining in your eyes when you know time is little to enjoy the good things that are happening in life. Make choices that comes from your heart and every once in a while try to disconnect yourself from rest of the world and think about who you are and what you would like to do if rest of the world didn’t exist or didn’t matter, those would be few things that would lead you to the light hidden in your subconscious that might be worth discovering.

I am still learning, every day and every moment as some passes me in my sleep and some catches my fancy when I am awake. But this journey is worth enjoying as we don’t have another life to wait for or loose this one to find another one. Things that haven’t happened yet doesn’t exist in this universe, things that have happened are lost on the way, only things that are happening to you are worth thinking about and living those moments in them. Rest all is just a creativity of your mind as not even a single thing other than present is really true. So try not to focus on past too much as it would take away the time you have to relish your present and don’t plan too much for future as that might have nothing to do with your imagination. I don’t say leave everything and chase your dream yet as before that you might have to go on a journey of self discovery and then only you would know what dreams are real and what are just fantasy that you just picked up on the way. As while going through my own self discovery journey I have learned that the dreams that I had when I was a child have changed quiet a lot. I have got a different understanding of the world and more awareness of myself. I would still like to stay in touch with myself and learn more and more about this world and myself and things are changing every moment as I am writing this and as you are reading this. But that’s brings variety in life as change is the only constant and we need to learn to change in order to survive or rather I should say that we should become change and rest will follow.

With hope and smile, welcome every new day. It might be sunny and beautiful someday whereas it might be raining and cloudy some other times (as we have in Sydney these days). But remember ‘this shall too pass’. Life is not hard its just the choices we make some time that lead us to certain difficulty in life. And once we are aware of this then we make an effort to give it a thought before making any choice. I don’t say wait for too long as the opportunity might pass otherwise but don’t get into mad rush and run blindly everywhere. Open your eyes as even if you end up on a difficult path you would be able to figure out a way out.

To all my friends out there in sadness and happiness, in need of a friend or in need of a voice to help them. This might not give you everything you need but this might help you to think few things on your own and find your own path in life.

Regards,

Kavita

Bucket-list 2013 – Learn dancing : Preferably street dancing or salsa

Hello My Fellow Bloggers,

I am trying to do things in my bucket list as you know and my apology not to be regular with writing as I have been few training and that takes quiet a lot of my time. Salsa and Martial arts are two of them as per my bucket list for this year. I would continue to learn these but I am here to share my experience with you all. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

Item #7: Learn dancing – Preferably street dancing or salsa

Yes it was in my bucket list to learn Salsa and I have been doing it with some social dancing involved. It’s been fun and some really awesome weeks learning this dance. Also I have made lots of friends due to this so my advice would be if you like dancing, then go ahead and learn Salsa. It’s fantastic to have fun and make great friends. I have always loved dancing but it was on my own as either hip hop or some individual style but I never knew how much fun it can be if you do it with a partner and also the mystery behind anticipating the move from the other side and just follow the signs while dancing to co-ordinate the next move.

Special thanks to Go Dance and the crew as they are just amazing. If you are in Sydney and want to learn Salsa then Go Dance is one of the best place to start. They also are giving a free lesson every Sunday at iQ’VIVA. They are like a family that you get when you become a part of this group and I would be enrolling for the Latin Dance Academy next year to get more serious about it :)

Bucket-list 2013 week 26 – Try stand up paddling

Hello My Lovely Fellow Bloggers,

A smile and hug from Sydney. I had an amazing weekend this time like many others and I am back to share some stories and experience with you including my bucket list adventure. Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

It was a lovely day with a little bit of wind due to which the waves were a little choppy which was not ideal to be able to stand on the board on my first lesson, but I still loved it. And if you can see me sitting on the board in yoga pose then it was due to the choppy waves that didn’t let me stand too long. But I would try it again once the rain in Sydney stops this summer as I loved the whole experience. My friend Alyssa was like a super woman as she had Mr. Ecko (her dog) with her as well and she managed to make him sit still on the second half of the ride. Mr. Ecko was so brave that he kept his calm all the way to the shore and I really admire that. We had Michelle as my awesome instructor. Thanks to her I was brave enough to try it as well I must say. She is our friend and a great coach as well. So here you go – some pictures for you to enjoy with me.

Bucket-list 2013 week 15 – Participate in making a short film

Another day doing something new that I never done before and feel how it feels like. My life was different before this year and now suddenly after 11 months I feel like a new person almost after doing so much and after seeing so much in such a little time. Or I can say I just opened my eyes and being awake mostly now. It’s been a year of learning, year of forgiveness, year of love and awakening and year of fulfillment that I never felt before. But that so doesn’t mean that it’s over, as they say it is just the beginning.

One of the things on my bucket list was to see how it feels like when you are part of the film making crew and see if I want to do something in that field. I have always been fascinated with movies in Hollywood and I guess it was worth trying to be a part of something that was going to be there forever. I was part of the crew for a short film making and it was a good learning for me for the years to come I must say. And it helped me completing my bucket list’s item number 44. If you don’t know what all things I have listed in my bucket list for this year then here is a link for my bucket list for 2013. My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and also another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it. My Fears

Bucket-list 2013 week 29 – Swim at the fake beach in Brisbane

Hello Everyone,

It was a nice experience I must say to see this man made beach in Brisbane. Loved the location right next to the Brisbane river in the centre of tge city. And this closes item 37th on my bucket list as well.

Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it.

My Fears

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