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:

https://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 : https://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 (https://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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