Monday 30 January 2012

50 things I have done at least once in my life

50 things I have done at least once in my life.
I was inspired to draw up this list when reading a blog I always enjoy and much admire:

I make no claim that they are necessarily good things or in any way exceptional, just hopefully a quite interesting sequence of snapshots of a life.
They are very deliberately in no meaningful order.

1. Swam in Indian Ocean on Christmas Day
2. Danced sur le pont d’Avignon
3. Visited Franz Kafka’s Castle in Prague
4. Saw Shakespeare on stage
5. Went to Turin, Italy to buy a briefcase
6. Sailed over the sea to Skye
7. Started my own business
8. Went to school in foreign language (Afrikaans)
9. Built a toy fort for my son
10. Saw Mont Blanc from the terrasse of my home
11. Sailed into Sydney Harbour
12. Saw a shooting star in Venice, Italy
13. Wrote a children’s book
14. Drove through Pyrenees in a 2CV
15. Had a pet chameleon
16. Saw Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence
17. Flew over Jura Mountains in single-prop 2-seater plane
18. Attended a Burns Night in Alloway
19. Went to the Bath Blues Festival
20. Taught my daughter to ride a bike
21. Saw Johnny Hallyday live in an open air arena on the shores of the Mediterranean
22. Played rugby for school in morning, soccer for club in afternoon, went dancing at night
23. Saw the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
24. Climbed Ben Nevis
25. Crossed the Danube via the Budapest Chain Bridge (built by Scottish engineer Adam Clark)
26. Saw seals at Scalpsie Bay, Isle of Bute
27. Won a trophy for Boxing
28. Had a close friend who spoke only French
29. Rode on a tandem through a forest in Frankfurt
30. Had a bi-lingual dog with a tattoo
31. Drove through Belgium without stopping
32. Swam in Pacific Ocean at sunrise
33. Taught Katy to parallel/reverse park
34. Travelled on airboat through the Everglades
35. Gazed in wonder from the top of the Eiffel Tower
36. Stayed in the House of the Rising Sun
37. Took my grandson on PS Waverley, the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer
38. Saw Puccini’s La Boheme
39. Drove from Calais to the Med
40. Saw a wild bear in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
41. Saw Leonard Cohen live at Edinburgh Castle
42. Scored 6 off 1 ball in school cricket
43. Took the canal trip in Amsterdam
44. Saw Scotland score fastest ever try in 5-nations rugby
45. Got stung by a bee at the Jet d’Eau in Geneva
46. Abandoned a car in a Luxemburg car-park
47. Saw sunset in Key West
48. Skied in the Alps
49. Saw Blind Faith live in Hyde Park
50. Had my mother’s name inscribed on the Memorial Wall in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum

 Had a tricky time deciding what not to include, like live concerts by some of the greatest names in music,  landmark sporting and cultural events, professional achievements and a raft of personal triumphs and disasters.

And I am not dead yet .......


  1. Saw Shakespeare on stage?

    Won a trophy for boxing?


    The truth?

    I'll be more polite to you from now on.

  2. Great list! Thanks for sharing it with Magic in the Backyard! xox