Lifestyle: An Experience Wishlist

My holiday has proved just how much there is to see in this world, just how much I haven’t seen. Even though I had already visited Venice as part of a cruise itinerary thirteen (!) years ago it was surprising how awestruck I was last week. It was such an utterly stunning place, I’m already desperate to go back.

 photo Wandering in Venice 19_zpsvpyzgtb3.jpg photo Wandering in Venice 7_zpspqrvnhw4.jpgI could write an entire post moaning about being back in the UK, my holiday being over, the lack of forthcoming excitement, but instead I’m going to aim at being positive. I’m going to talk about what I want to do, what I want to see, what I want to get out of life.

Travel More

I’ve never been tempted (and I doubt I ever will be!) to do the traditional backpacking thing. I’m considering interrailing around Europe, though I’m a bit wary of hostels (I hate sleeping in front of others). But I do want to travel, see more places. I’d love to see the Great Wall, I’m hugely intrigued by Japan. New Zealand and Australia are high on my wishlist, my top honeymoon choice is a foodie roadtrip around America. I’d love to bathe in the Caribbean sea, almost as much as I’d like to bathe in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. So many places.

Go to the Opera

I’ve always been intrigued by the opera, but felt it was a bit mature for me, a little old-fashioned, perhaps a little stuck-up. That was before I heard about the London Coliseum’s production of Carmen. A slightly modernised production, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of a soldier, who is lured away from his duty and his love by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody.

The storyline sounds brilliant, the reviews are excellent. Whilst I’m not sure I’ll be able to make a performance I’m hoping that one of the live screenings will be shown near me.

Learn to Snowboard

I bought W (and myself!) a snowboarding lesson for his twentieth birthday and we both really enjoyed it. We’d need to start from the beginning again now but I would love to properly learn and be able to snowboard freely, away from a lesson. I say that now, when I’ve forgotten the pain I was in after that session…

Dine from a Tasting Menu

At a fancy restaurant of course. It’s no secret that I am a BIG foodie, I just love the sheer pleasure eating brings. I’d love to be able to spend what seems like a fortune on a meal, a multiple course tasting menu to try as much as possible. One day!

Get Married, Have Babies

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The big one. I wasn’t wholly convinced I believed in marriage until a few years back but I guess one person can change your life! I know don’t doubt that one day I’ll marry and hopefully have children. I walked by the most gorgeous nursery shop in Rome whilst I was away, it was utterly adorable. And yep, I’m the girl with her nose pressed up against the glass when walking by a wedding dress shop…

Have you ever been to the opera? What are your life aims?

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    I’ve always wanted to try a tasting menu! I feel like the sound super fancy

    x
    http://www.siobhanlrothwell.wordpress.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      I know, and its a great way to try out a fancy place as there’s so many courses! x

  • The foodie roadtrip around America sounds incredible! I know you said you’re not a backpacking kind of person but Trek America is a really great company for USA roadtrips (I met my boyfriend on one and we’re heading back for another holiday with them next month!) If you go on a camping one, you at least get to have your own tent and it was a really fun experience (and I normally hate camping!) Tasting menus are so so expensive, I’ve only ever been on special occasions when someone else is treating me! If you’re ever in Milan though, there’s a great place called 28 Posti that does super cheap tasting menus for around €50 a head (which is more than I would spend usually but for a tasting menu it’s amazing haha) xxx

    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

    • ninegrandstudent

      Ah wow, would love to do a Trek Amercia! And thanks for the Milan tip, I want to head there soon anyway! x

  • Travel more is at the top of my wish list! There’s just so much to see and do out there’s, it’s sort of overwhelming… xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • ninegrandstudent

      It is, I’m definitely a bit overwelmed! x

  • Some hostels offer private rooms which are great if you don’t like the idea of sleeping amongst strangers!

    Rosie
    x
    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      Ah thanks, thats good to know! x