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
  44. Take a French/German/Dutch course and SPEAK THE DAMNED LANGUAGE WHEN I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY EVEN THOUGH IT MAKES ME SOUND LIKE AN IDIOT!
  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!)
"One wedding, no funerals..."
Wednesday, 9 August 2006
I'm really glad I checked my itinerary and stuff for my flight times on Friday THURSDAY!!!! (ie. tomorrow!)

So: tonight: I'm gonna quickly catch up with Joseph (who has returned to the city of golden towers or whatever the hell this place is supposedly nicknamed - and is staying in my room while I'm gone) and Marketa too (who I haven't seen in, ooh, about that many months) AND collect wine glasses (riedel - who stupidly volunteered to be a kuryr?), wrap them, do a wash load, aim hairdryer at the clothes, and PACK!

Am so glad I didn't know about this when I went to see Jim today. It meant I could totally concentrate on stringy-boys blue eyes instead. Yes, my Wednesday class is THE ONLY class I wear my contact lenses for! AND (bless 'im) although he's changed his music selection for the class, he's left in my two favourites (Love Generation and Raining Men (if you need the link for that one, I'm not talking to you ever again!)).

So, having looked up maps and tourist information (where are we going again? and how are we getting there? train - you say...), checked the currency (not the Euro) and read a bit more about the country, I'm feeling a little more relaxed. It'll be fiiiiiiiine (Mum, you know exactly how this is enunciated...). Yes, damnit, it will.

Itinerary (for those who may need to "stop that plane!", "follow that plane!" or otherwise make some dramatic self-proclamation of undying affection/lust (I'm not gonna hold out for the big-L, I'm feeling too cynical for that at the moment) OR more likely for those who wonder whether the plane that gutted itself on the tarmac in a 'sudden deceleration, the end of which was due to gravity' contained yours truly...):

10 Aug 2006 - QS0014 - Prague-Venice 12:00-13:10
10 Aug 2006 - CAR - Venice to "a beach village" 17:00 - we get there
11 Aug 2006 - CAR - "a beach village" to Ljubljana when we damned well feel like it
12 Aug 2006 - WEDDING
13 Aug 2006 - CAR - Lubljana-Trieste
14 Aug 2006 - TRAIN - Trieste-Venice 08:26-10:17
14 Aug 2006 - QS0015 - Venice-Prague 13:40-14:50

Am a bit worried about the weather...it's looking particularly crap for silk dresses and jackets purchased on e-bay!
posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, August 09, 2006  
2 Comments:
  • At 11:13 pm, August 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    According to Wikipedia, Lubljana was the location for the 2006 Saxophone Congress. A most appropriate spot for a brief holida. However, be cautious. Apparently Lubljana has also been devastated by earthquakes on occasion. Enjoy yourself, travel safely, and happy shopping! *hugs* - Brett

     
  • At 10:25 am, August 15, 2006, Anonymous David said…

    Historians disagree as to where the name Ljubljana comes from. The name could have evolved from the Latin term for a flooding river, alluviana. Some also believe the source of the present-day name is Laburus, an old Slavonic deity and supposed patron of the original settlement. Other linguists believe it was the last sound made by it's founding father as he disappeared under the surface of the river.

     
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