The Adventure Continues...

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!)
Okay, I wimped out...
Friday, 21 April 2006
...because I have too much to do. I decided to have my computer changed over while I'm away. This gives them plenty of time to screw it up royally to an unrecognisable hunk'a'junk.

Apparently this might work. Remember last week I mentioned I went out to a dirty herna bar with the source of my putative downfall: Kat? And I said something about haivng video'd a Czech folk scene?

There's another one too..but I'll eke them out. I clearly need to work on taking video ONLY when there is sufficient light available. However, I really like it. It means I've another option for chewing through the 1Gb card I'm hoping Lira manages to pick up in Changi airport on her way through. I should've gotten all her flight details - then Nis and I could track her travel...

...have checked what sockets they use in Morocco (same as here - so everything should work) and what the weather will be like when I arrive in London on Saturday night at midnight (not raining...raincoat easily accessible regardless). My pack has all clothes in it, no toiletries or electronics yet. Which I'm hoping will add some weight to the thing - because as it is at present, i've carried heavier shopping bags. Remind me of this statement in a week when I'm complaining...

I've also just found a seller of NZ/Australian wines in the CR. Sure, they're pricey - but so much better than the local stuff. And yes, french wines are from hereabouts, as are italian wines, but since I've started drinking beer (EEEK!) my tastebuds are soooo confused. It'd be nice and reassuring to take along a barossa valley shiraz or a marlborough sauvingon knowing that people weren't going to look at the bottle and go 'WTP'.

Right folks. This'll be the last entry for a while (the real last entry!) since I'll be 'en route'. Am REALLY excited by the holiday, and am looking forward to the myriad of things that are bound to go wrong. Am kinda hoping they do - since that's what provides me with material...and you (hopefully) with the giggles. But not too wrong (no poison/jails/drugs/kidnappings etc. Unless they happen to 'a friend'...). And so, message to the universe complete, ciao, čau, bye, tarrah, arrivaderci, a bientot, choos, hasta luega, na scle...
posted by Nomes @ Friday, April 21, 2006  
  • At 11:39 am, April 21, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    you could always come to visit and drink Aussie wine at source. We've now restocked our wine racks so they are full to overflowing (for the moment only). But.... we've sampled the delights of clean skins..... (make of that what you will, who is this PR person??) .... and so far they, or at least the wines they hold are delicious and CHEAP. Australia has an enormous and silent wine lake, so this is their way of getting rid. Who am I to argue, and you certainly won't hear a complaint.
    Good luck with your travels - and your washbag weighs as much as all your outfits (naturally excluding shoes). We are considering purchasing a new suitcase - your Father's fell apart on it's last journey - comes from stacking 25Kg in his, whilst mine has a paltry 17Kg. But it was all his stuff, honest. His shoes are far heavier than mine!!
    Anyway I'll love and leave you and look forward to your travel history upon your return, or sooner if you can afford the internet cafe prices along the way.
    Please do not send txt messages saying "am in jail, please rescue" because, a) may not be able to, b) may not want to and c) may induce incredible guilt trip from which you'll never recover (I'll make sure of that).
    Love you loads, and have fun, Mums

  • At 3:14 pm, April 22, 2006, Blogger mx said…

    Dear Nomes

    **Happy Birthday** in advance of 10th May, and send email of your address for gift delivery :)

    Lots of love,

  • At 11:36 am, April 24, 2006, Blogger katatonikova said…

    Source of your putative downfall?
    I resemble that comment!

  • At 11:37 am, April 24, 2006, Blogger katatonikova said…

    Super photos from our even supererer concert/party, Nomes. Have a marvo holiday


  • At 10:34 am, April 25, 2006, Anonymous Helena said…

    You forgot "slán" but I'll forgive you ;)
    Happy travelling and looking forward to hearing all of your tales when you get back.
    When you're passing on your address to Mx can you pass it on to me too? Ta :)

    Better get back to trying to keep awake at work now...these 1am nights are beginning to get to me now...and I still have another 5 nights of shows and after-show drinks to go!


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