I am participating in Latin Abroad’s Travel Bucket List with three things I’ve done and three things I want to do.
Travel Bucket Half-Full: Great Walks I’ve Done
1. Bryce Canyon, Utah
I long to return to Bryce Canyon, the place that Ebeneezer Bryce described memorably as “a hell of a place to lose a cow.” I had been five months pregnant when I cautiously hiked down among the twisting, turning hoodoos in the intense afternoon heat.
As truly awesome as the Grand Canyon is, I found Bryce Canyon to be even more enchanting, a smaller-scale labyrinth of orange and red columns shooting into the sky, each turn of the trail revealing a new unlikely view.
2. Volcano Caldera, Santorini
I so adored sailing through the Greek islands last summer and found Santorini, our final island, to be as beautiful as its reputation; I felt, however, a bit let down by how crowded and commercial it was and how many restrictions there were to roaming compared to the slow, uncrowded little islands we had visited. While I completely understood that locals would need to stake out some privacy from the onslaught of tourists, I also got tired of the endless “do not enter” signs everywhere as we tried to explore. The perfect antidote to this was a tour of the volcano’s caldera.
We took a quick cable car ride down to a sea from the cliffs of Fira and caught the ferry just in time. A short, picturesque hike up to the caldera led us to 360-degree views before a hike down to a quick swim in nearby hot springs. Perfect!
We dodged the “donkey taxis” on the climb back up to Fira.
3. Fes medina, Morocco
Rushing through the Fes medina in Morocco was one of the most unique, exhilarating walks of my life.
Here is the description from my video that I featured last November:
As we sped along in a van looking down on the sprawling, ancient Fes medina, my heart began to race. What secrets lie inside its walls? What would I find among its twisting, turning alleys?
Once we entered, my senses were overwhelmed: glistening piles of olives in every hue, squawking chickens being weighed, goats’ heads on a platter, rows and rows of fresh dates and nuts.
We saw linen being woven on a traditional loom, and we bought turbans for our planned caravan into the Sahara.
Donkeys competed for space with the merchants delivering foods and spices in every direction.
We squeezed our way through rows of handmade leather goods to reach a balcony overlooking the tanneries.
The stench was impressive, but we held mint leaves in front of our noses and were enchanted by the bright colors and hardworking men below.
My heart raced and raced and didn’t slow until we sat back in a comfortable riad to enjoy a heaping platter of couscous and a steaming, fragrant cup of mint tea.
Travel Bucket Half-Empty: Great Walks to Do
1. Summit Cheeseburger
It’s fair to say that just about every mountaintop I’ve ever climbed hasn’t made me think of eating a cheeseburger. Nevertheless, I want to eat a cheeseburger on a summit and submit it to Summit Cheeseburger. I heard about this project on Trish, Alex, and Sage, and I hope to make a worthy contribution to this project soon.
2. Bloomsday in Dublin
June 16, also known as Bloomsday, happens to be my wedding anniversary. I would love to attend this event in Dublin some day. I loved Ireland so much. For most of the places I have traveled, I haven’t imagined returning, not because of something lacking in the place, but because there are so many new places I haven’t been. I want to return to Ireland, though, so maybe Bloomsday will be the thing that gets me back.
In this celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, Dublin holds readings and pub crawls throughout the city to commemorate the character Leopold Bloom’s walk through Dublin during a single day, June 16.
Photo source: Barnacles Hostels
3. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
This one is in the works, hopefully for the summer of 2013. Oh, to make it through Dead Woman’s Pass at 13,829 feet.
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What’s on your travel bucket list?