So this morning I woke up wide awake at 6.30am but my body clock is still on Peruvian time which is 6 hours behind, meaning it was only 12.30am for me. So I thought I’d just shut my eyes for another hour or so and then BOOM when I re-opened them it had just gone half eleven and I was left wondering where I was, what century I was in, what planet I was on etc. It’s so weird waking up with half the day gone! And I had sooo much to do today so I’ve been a busy bee running around doing a day’s worth of stuff in half the time.
It feels so good to boil myself to death in a powerful shower, slip into fresh, clean clothes and shove that bag of dirties in the machine on EXTRA HOT to get that trek smell out. (To read about my time on the Trek see my previous post!) It’s my first day back and I’ve already had sweet potato (omg how I’ve missed you) but I am yet to have hummus (I mean in real life, it’s always in my dreams). The tea has been flowing and I’ve had a cosy day just sorting things out and watching Friends. Talking of Friends, I have been watching Friends pretty much every day since I was a wee womb egg and I pride myself on being prettttty knowledgeable on the subject. It’s my birthday on Thursday and I was having a Google at what there is to do in the evening for me and my parents in Brighton and there I found the pub quiz of all pub quizzes. A Friends pub quiz. Quite possibly the most expensive quiz in history, but there’s no price on knowledge right? So 3 tickets later and I’m ready to kick some serious butt. I’m pretty much just taking my parents so they can gaze upon me proudly as I take the Geller Cup and reminisce on my precious life over the past 20 years and how cool I’ve turned out etc. but regardless of whether they can actually answer anything or not it’s going to be a good night.
One of my favourite parts of coming home from a trip (if there is any?) is that I can update my Bucket List. I have a leather bound journal that I have had since I was 12 and a few years ago I started not only writing down the things I want to complete but also documenting the things I had already done that I was proud of and wanted to remember. I have been ticking off and adding things here and there over the years and I must admit it’s looking pretty good, I love flicking through and thinking ‘Oh yeah! That was amazing’ and ‘I can’t wait to tick that off!’ So I thought I’d share with you all 10 of my more personal and favourite tick offs and 10 things I can’t wait to complete.
1. Watch the sunrise over Mount Blanc (Italian side)
2. Run the Grand Prix track, Monaco
3. Eat Belgian waffles in Belgium
4. Sail past a volcano (Stromboli, Italy)
5. Drink the water from a fresh coconut (Cambodia)
6. See the ‘Friends’ building and have a picnic in Central Park (NYC)
7. Make a gingerbread house
8. See wild Koala bears (Magnetic Island, AU)
9. Drive for 3 days via moped through the mountains to the border between Vietnam and China
10. See Alpacas in Peru
10 to be ticked:
1. Go diving in Iceland
2. Visit Salar De Uyani, Bolivia
3. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
4. Cross a country by foot
5. See Catatumbos lightening in Venezuela
6. See live jazz in Chicago
7. Watch the sunrise at Tikal, Guatemala
8. Celebrate Holi in India
9. See cherry blossoms and Geisha in Japan
10. Hike in the Norwegian Fjords
So there ya have it, a little snippet from the ol’ bucket list. I’ve done some pretty amazing things and I’m always looking for more to add, what cool things have you done and what are you itching to tick off? Let me know in the comment section! And check out my Instagram @charlotravel for more personal pictures of my adventures.
As for me, I’m off out for a vegan feast with my gal Naomi, woohoo!
Sleep well loves