Bucket List

Not really a bucket list, but a list of things I want to do, see, eat, listen, experience – more like a to-do list for the soul. Shall keep adding stuff here whenever I remember. To begin with, some stuff from the lists on my phone, a recommendation from twitter and a couple from the blog:

Watch:

  1. A play, any play, at the Shakespeare Globe.
  2. Toy Story, the theatre production
  3. Mama Mia, the theatre production [Done, 07 Aug 2013. ed 24 Feb 2014]
  4. Karate Kid ;) [Done. ed 18 May 2012]
  5. Chasing Legends [recorded & watched on ITV4 via Sky+, loved it :)  ed 17 Jul 2011]
  6. Race across Sky [watched on 19 May 2012, wanna ride it some day, ed 23 May 2012]
  7. Watch a football match in Argentina featuring Argentina OR Boca Juniors play at La Bombonera
  8. Secretariat (recommended by @nomadwanderer) [Done and posted about here]
  9. Chasing Legends [ed 7 Aug 2011]
  10. Citizen Kane [ed 23 May 2012]
  11. Hell on Wheels [ed 7 Aug 2011]

Visit:

  1. In Scotland:
    1. Outer Hebrides
    2. Cycle around Skye
    3. Cycle the Great Glen Route
    4. Hike up Ben Nevis
    5. Cycle downhill on Ben Nevis
    6. Trek around Cairngorms National Park
    7. Spend a couple of days at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  2. In India:
    1. Bombay in 2011 [ed 17 Jul 2011]
    2. Goa in 2011
    3. Shimla in 2011 [Done, though in April 2012. ed 18 May 2012]
    4. Delhi in 2011 [Done – would’ve liked more time. And preferably in winter :) ed 17 Jul 2011]
    5. Auli
    6. Joka
    7. Amritsar
    8. Karnal in 2011 [Done – Not the way I wanted, though]
    9. Calcutta
  3. Netherlands
  4. Belgium [Been to Brugge and neighbourhood, May-June 2011, ed 17 Jul 2011][Visited again – Oudenaarde, Brugge, etc for RvV in Mar-Apr 2012, ed 23 May 2012]
  5. Luxembourg, if only to share a ride and coffee with @marcokooijman
  6. Cuba, before it becomes Outer Miami
  7. Spain, including but not limited to Barca & Girona [Done, partly – Oct 2011, ed 1 Nov 2011]
    1. Run with the bulls in Pamplona (added 17 Jul 2011)
    2. Cycle on ‘pro-routes’ in Girona (added 17 Jul 2011) [Done, partly – Oct 2011, ed 1 Nov 2011]
  8. Italy, specially Tuscany
  9. Croatia
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Austria
  12. Greece
  13. The Baltic
  14. Copenhagen, if just to meet and ride around a bit with Mikael
  15. Turkey
  16. Argentina
  17. Brazil
  18. Peru
  19. Sri Lanka
  20. Australia
  21. South Africa
  22. Thailand
  23. Cambodia
  24. Vietnam
  25. Morocco
  26. (parts of) USA
    1. NYC (again)
    2. Chicago (again)
    3. Portland, Oregon (cycling country, I hear)
    4. California
    5. Maybe, a coast-to-coast drive (unlikely given the political atmosphere in parts of that country – racist and gun culture promoting, ed 23 May 2012)
  27. France, outside Paris
  28. New Zealand
  29. Germany
  30. Egypt
  31. Portugal
  32. Bhutan
  33. Hungry
  34. Poland
  35. In Rest of British Isles
    1. Ireland
    2. Isle of Man
    3. Isle of Wight
    4. Oxford (again)
    5. Cambridge [have cycled to/through plenty on my century rides :) ed 17 Jul 2011]
    6. Manchester (United) [Saw the United-Stoke match at Theatre of Dreams on 31 Jan 2012. ed 18 May 2012]
    7. Stoke (City)
    8. Wales
    9. Lake District [Many times over]
    10. Hopefully, ride Land’s End to John O’ Groats
  36. Hong Kong
  37. Nepal
  38. Kenya & Tanzania [Long trip in Dec 2011 – Kili, safari & Zanzibar. ed 18 May 2012]

Read:

  1. Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela
  2. The Bolivian Diaries & The Revolutionary War by Che Guevara
  3. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  4. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  5. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie [Finished on 6 Aug 2011. Loved it dearly. So much that not liking Adiga’s book after this :( – ed 07 Aug 2011] 
  6. The Odyssey by Homer
  7. Ulysses by James Joyce
  8. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck [Done]
  11. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  12. Life of Pi by Yann Martel [Removed, after watching the movie. Disappointed]
  13. More Illustrated books by ….
  14. The Imam and The Indian by Amitava Ghosh
  15. Quarantine by Rahul Mehta
  16. A Tiger for Malgudi & The Vendor of Sweets by RK Narayan
  17. Such a long journey by Rohinton Mistry [Still think about it and miss the characters some time – ed 17 July 2011]
  18. A lot more of my favourite author – Ruskin Bond
  19. A random walk down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
  20. Kaifi & I by Shaukat Kaifi
  21. River of Smoke by Amitava Ghosh [ed 26 Aug 11]
  22. Last Man in the Tower  by Arvind Adiga [Done. ed. 26 Aug 11]
  23. The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers [Done]
  24. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson [Done]
  25. Diary of a Bad Year, Age of Iron and Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee

Do:

  1. Get a Dog [Hello, Tango :)]
  2. Continue Cycling
    1. Get a road bike [Got my new babe home on 22 Jul 2011]
    2. London-Oxford-London
    3. London-Paris-London
    4. Great Glen Route (repeated)
    5. Land’s End – John O’Groats
    6. In Amsterdam
    7. In Copenhagen
    8. Someday, Etape du Tour de France in 2013 (ed. 23 May 2012)
    9. 30 century rides in 30 days (added 17 Jul 2011)
    10. As many of the 100 greatest climbs in UK as I can. (added 27 Aug 2011)
    11. (Since this is becoming a bridge too far in my mind) 115 mile Ride around London (added 27 Aug 2011) [Done. Time: 8:16 on bike, 9:44 overall. – ed 1 Nov 2011]
  3. Run a 5K [Done. Also completed several 10K and 10 Mile runs, including 2 organised trail runs]
  4. Run a half marathon
  5. An Olympic distance triathlon in 2013 [added 18 May 2012, thought of in Feb]
  6. Finish a half-Ironman/70.3
  7. Hike up to Mt. Everest base camp, if not to the peak itself ;) (added 18 May 2012, on my mind since scaling Kilimanjaro)
  8. Hike up 3 peaks, UK [Scafell Pike done, Ben Nevis & Snowdon pending]
  9. Hike up Aconcagua
  10. Hike up Mt. Blanc
  11. Hike up Mt. Elbrus
  12. Someday, finish the 7 summit challenge. Successfully climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro means I’m already 1 up :) (added 23 May 2012)
  13. Show Ma-Pa Europe
  14. Work at / with / assist a Start-up [Done]
  15. Introduce my parents to Raghi’s just to get them more comfortable with the idea of us being together for good ;) [Done by Rags. ed 26 Aug 11]
  16. Learn to swim properly [Learnt front crawl and back stroke, working on improving them and learning breast stroke. ed 18 May 2012]
  17. Ice skate
  18. Ski again
  19. Bungee Jump
  20. Walk up the Eiffel Tower (last time I developed cold feet after 1st level)
  21. Eat more Mexican [Done *Burp*]
  22. Try new cuisines [Tried & liked in LDN – Persian, Lebanese, Greek, Mexican, Spanish (including in spain :D), SE Asian fusion, British(!) – ed 17 Jul 2011, … Ethiopian – ed 7 Aug 2011, Moroccan]
  23. Smoke some Cubans, even though I gave up smoking last year. (added 18 May 2012, been on agenda since Tanzania trip in Dec 2011)
  24. Meet more people outside work & family
  25. Have more sex

P.S.: Have only included things to do in future. A lot of great stuff I’ve already done / seen / watched, so not including it here. List beginning 21 Jan 2011.

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