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10 Things to Do Before You Die/ Kick the Bucket

In I want... on December 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Cursed with clumsiness, I’ve accepted the fact that I will probably meet my end in a very unsensational manner– perhaps tripping up on a piece of Lego®, hopefully much later in life. With this in mind and suffering from an insatiable travel bug I picked up somewhere last summer, my attention has turned this week to 10 things I’d most like to see and do before I trip on that piece of Lego….

1. Attend the Burning Man Festival

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The Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, attended by 50,000 participants from around the world. A temporary community is erected in the middle of the harsh and remote environment, promoting art, absurdity, revelry, self-expression and radical self-reliance. There are no rules except one very important commitment– “leave no trace”. Despite the huge number of visitors and structures that effectively form a temporary city, both event organizers and participants strive to leave the area as if untouched and in better condition than before their arrival to prevent any long-term impact on the environment. I won’t go any further than this in explaining the event to you– it is said that trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.

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2. Take a Bath somewhere Spectacular

Pamukkale, Denizli Province, Turkey

The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

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3. Wake up on a Beach

Bubble Tree is an innovative idea that came from French designer, Pierre Stephane Dumas. Available to hire at sites across France (or available to buy) the transparent bubble offers all the comforts of home while experiencing some truly memorable and beautiful moments in the middle of nature. “Having a night under the stars or seeing the sun rise and set is not something that many people experience anymore,” says Pierre.

bubbletree.fr

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4. Watch Flamenco Dancing in Seville

If you have not witnessed the art of flamenco dancing, it is truly a spiritual experience not to miss out on. Seville holds its Bienal de flamenco on alternate years, between September and October. During these two important festivals most of the top names in flamenco (watch out for the first Lady of flamenco, Sara Baras), along with many of the local artistes will perform at the many recitals that are staged in different venues in the city.

www.bienal-flamenco.org

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5. Eat Lobster at the Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar

The Rock is an extraordinary seafood restaurant in the island of Zanzibar in East Africa. Depending on the tide, you can go walking, swimming or even by boat. There, the seafood is always fresh. If it´s in your plans to stop there, book early, because the restaurant only has place for fourteen.

www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com

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6. Drive Through Route 66 in a Vintage Mustang

The road trip of all road trips. Don’t bring a map, just follow the road through the great U.S of A.

And yes, I know that’s not a Mustang in the picture.

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7. Horseback ride to Paradise

Caño Cristales, Columbia

Also knows as “the river that ran away from paradise,” a sight that could have inspired Disney’s Fantasia, the only way to access the sight is via horseback. A few weeks from September through November, you can take a swim in the river that transforms itself into a living rainbow due to the algae produced colors like fuscia, red, yellow, green and blue at the bottom of the riverbed.

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8. Get to Know an Animal that’s Not your typical Housepet

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9. Get a good view.

I love abandoned towns and cities and this site located 2,430 metres above sea level would probably top my list if I ever had the chance to visit.  On a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) is believed to have been built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, if you’re going to pick one historical site to visit in the world, this should probably be it.

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10. Smoke a Cigar in Cuba.

Escape to this island of the past. Live out all your retro fantasies, tell no one you’re there, stay for two weeks, get to know the locals, sip cocktails and of course, smoke a cigar.
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