Bucket List Travels
…or the stuff of Pinterest dreams.
Not everyone cares to travel, nor does everyone have the means to. But if you are afforded the opportunity and have even the slightest inclination, travel really is one of the greatest forms of education.
Having left university with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and then paying for a graduate degree out of pocket on a teacher’s salary, I am still more fortunate than many, and especially fortunate that despite these figures, I’ve traveled quite a bit in my independent adult life, to places at the top of my short-list, places closer to the bottom of my long-list, and places not even on my lists.
There are some places though that even with desire, means, and opportunity, you still only dream of going to. I call these bucket list travels. I had two that I discovered and saved through Pinterest when Pinterest first became a thing. And last weekend, I ticked the second off my list.
In the summer of 2015, Andrew took me to Europe for his sister’s wedding, my first time ever on the continent. After the festivities, we escaped for a weekend alone by train to Prague, and at that point, it was the best trip either of us had ever taken. Prague was magical and exactly how I imagined Europe to be. Each corner we turned, every nook and cranny caused me to gasp and sigh and marvel (a sign to Andrew that we’re in a place for me). But the image that seemed to have come straight from Pinterest was the Charles Bridge. We ambled down the bridge, even though the sun was high and hot, and then admired it from a distance once we had crossed.
I had a similar reaction last weekend at the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu. When I pinned it, maybe sometime in 2010, the description read, ‘wisteria tunnel, Japan.’ Somehow, I found the exact garden and then remembered it nine years later when we lived close enough to it to see it in the springtime. It’s rarely the case that a place is exactly how you imagined it. In these cases, it was.
I don’t know that I would have ended up ever seeing these places, let alone so early on in life, if it wasn’t for Andrew. In our relationship, I’m more the gets-shit-done-type, but this shit would not have gotten done if not for him, in his own way. And at a base level, if not for him, I don’t know that I would have wanted to go so much.
Needless to say, we’ll be going to the next two (and every two thereafter) together. And if all goes well, we’ll have ticked two more off within a year.
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Where are your bucket list travels?
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