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Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
Menorca Pt II
Wednesday, 5 October 2005
I feel I should share with yuo my weekend.
It was brilliant. For the first time since we´ve been here, we were allowed to relax for a moment. Five of us decided to hire a car - which would afford us just that bit more freedom. It may be useful at this juncture to open the picture of the map in a new window to get an idea of where we went.
First stop Monta Toro where there was (of course) a giant statue of Jesus, a small shop, a balcony on which we sat drinking coffee in the sun and a small church. Instead of the traditional candles (for which you pay a fee to light) they had a box into which you place some euro denomination and an extra fairy light would light up. Let me tell you, it wasn´t exactly the same as lighting a candle! So I didn´t. Sorry gradnma.
Ferreries - a market place where I bought apples and nectarines (mmmm...juicy) and tasted a horrible organic vino tinto! And Lisa (the irish lass in case you´ve forgotten) accosted many small children and dogs. Woe betide the family who had both... (luv to ya girl - I know you´ve read this far!)
Struggled back into the car (Maarten obviously taking the role as driver (it wasn´t an impreza, even though he tried to make it seem like one), Lisanne co-driver/navigator par excellence, Lisa, Morton (apologies, I can´t find the little o over your a) and myself combining voices to an 80´s soundtrack in teh backseat)) and off to Cituadella for lunch...walked around a port, into a church, you know...all the usual stuff.
THEN (and here´s the bit that´ll make you drool) we headed to Marcarella (on the map it´s around the area of Playa San Sura on the south west coast) which was a lovely secluded beach between two heads: CRYSTAL clear water (better than Fiji) and naked spaniards. I kid you not. Thankfully, the propriety levels remained high between teh five of us (hell, Morton was still wearing jeans/jacket/ least the rest of us were semi naked in our swimsuits!) such that we weren´t THAT friendly (or rather, over aware) by the end of it.
Once the sun went past one of the cliffs, we went somewhere else (my memory is fading already...) and then doubled back to the west coast to watch the sun set over Majorca. BEAUTIFUL.
Then to Binibequeur (sp?) for a wonderful dinner, and home to the island.
The follwoing day, it was raining miserably. We missed Morton on the first boat, so waited in Es Castell for the second, but he wasn´t on that either, so we headed off on our own. First stop - the caves (roughly Cala en Porter on teh map) which were phenomenal. photos to follow when Maarten deigns to send them to us! Then up to Fournells after a stop at some ruin on the way (can´t recall where, but roughly on teh way) for lunch. A walk along the pier, a stop to check about boat hiring for next weekend, then down to Es Grau to find a small cafe in which we sat for HOURS and drank hot chocolate and whiskey (it really was that cold and blustery) reading books, doing puzzles and writing diaries in companionable silence. Though there were only the four of us at this point, we were joined by Morton, Andreas, Petra and Muna after some time. A sociable time briefly then they left for more exploring and we returned to our silence again. Dinner at Restaurant Irene in Es Castell and then back to the island, exhausted and yet recharged in teh best possible way.
One thing that struck me very much this weekend, in particular when exploring the ruins that I can´t remember the whereabouts of. This is the first time I really feel at home in amongst a bunch of peculiar people who are all leaders in their own special way. We´ve each been affected/damaged/overexposed to human nature, yet weér all fascinated by it. We´re all geeks in teh most basic manner. We´re all friendly, extroverted individuals, who probably don´t always ´play nicely´ with others for being too strong in personality. ANd yet, here we are, travelling together as part of one larger group. And I feel so comfortable, sufficiently to feel almost vulnerable and trust them with that.
That´s really special.
So a HUGE hug and thank you to Lisa, Lisanne, Maarten and Morton (I feel so bad I ´can´t find that damned o) for being my new European family - whether you damned well like it or not. XXX This ones for you guys *lifting glass to computer screen*
posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, October 05, 2005  
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