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bucket list.

A shorter list would be "Places I Don't Want to Go," which would include the following:
  • A landfill
  • Any place where I would have to touch snakes for any amount of time
  • An open sewer
But that's not a very fun list, so here's a sampling of all of the places I want to see and things I want to do:
  • Visit the places where all of my ancestors came from.
    • Loch Lomond, Scotland (Gibson) 11/2011
    • Rouen, France (Vereen)
    • Hanover, Germany (Vaught)
    • Neuchatell, Switzerland (Horry)
  • Ride a camel in Egypt.
  • Restore a vintage camper.
  • Take a cross-country road trip with my sister, Landon, our daughter and my parents. 
  • Have a beer in Bavaria, Germany (preferably at Oktoberfest!). 10/2015
  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand.
  • Go hiking in Nepal.
  • Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Scotland. 11/2011
  • Learn to surf.
  • Take a road trip through Maine.
  • Live somewhere outside of the U.S. 06/2005-08/2005 (London)
  • Go to Mont-St.-Michel, France.
  • Sip champagne in Champagne, France.
  • Stay in the Giraffe Lodge.
  • Visit Dordogne, France.
  • Find the Big 5 on a safari in Africa.
  • See a penguin in Antarctica (while I try not to freeze).
  • See the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi'an.
  • See the Aurora Borealis. 
  • Put flowers on my great-uncle Ernest's grave at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg City. (Read about the experience here.) 10/2015
  • Visit the Lake District in England so I can trek in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Potter, and Herriot. 
  • Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands. 
  • Take an Alaskan cruise. 
  • Go to London with my daughter.
  • See the Book of Kells in Dublin, Ireland. 2/2016
  • Go scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
  • Go whitewater rafting. I fell out the boat.
  • Take my daughter to Disney World.  12/2014, 08/2015, 11/2015, 01/2016
  • Visit a volcano in Hawaii.
  • See Macchu Picchu.
  • Stay in one of those above-the-water huts. 
  • Be a volunteer lighthouse keeper (preferably at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas).
  • Go on safari.
  • Go to Harry Potter World in Orlando. 04/2011
  • Go back to Harry Potter World in Orlando to see Diagon Alley.
  • Go to the Harry Potter Studios in London. 06/2012
  • Drive my car through a sequoia in California.
  • Pretend that I live at the Hearst Mansion in California.
  • See the Taj Mahal.
  • Ride a burro down into the Grand Canyon.
  • Read my way through the Strand Bookstore in New York City.
  • Buy a book at Powell's Bookstore in Portland.
  • Take a class or two at Oxford University.
  • Snorkel with manatees in Florida's Crystal River.
  • Linger in Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. 
  • Watch the lights/ fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
  • See a Cirque de Soleil show.
  • Visit the Amalfi Coast with my sister for the world's most awesome sisters' trip.