Life is full of adventures. Little ones. Big ones. Ones you’ll forget, and others that will stay with you for a lifetime.
This inspired us to ask around the office to find out what journeys, trips, adventures and travels we wanted to go on; what’s on our ‘Bucket Lists‘, so to speak.
We had many answers that were expected; visit Easter Island, see the Northern Lights (complete with husky dog sled trip, of course), take a round-the-world cruise, live in a foreign country, and various road trips.
But then there were some journeys that really made us sit up and listen, and we’ve compiled a handful below.
halfordschristy is an adventurous sort – he likes to climb rocks. On his bucket list is a desire to climb El Capitan, a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park. About 3,600 feet high, it was once considered impossible to climb but after being conquered in 1958 it’s since become incredibly popular with both rock climbers and BASE jumpers.
The rest of us in the office would be happy to just visit Yosemite without climbing anything!
One of our photography whizzes mentioned that he’d like to get involved in La Tomatina. You may have heard of this, but if not, allow me to explain.
La Tomatina is a food fight. Specifically, a tomato fight. It takes place in the town of Buñol, near Valencia in Spain, on the last Wednesday of every August.
The festivities are only allowed to start once someone has climbed up a greased pole to bring down the ham placed at the top of it. More than one hundred metric tons of tomatoes are thrown within an hour, and afterwards fire engines patrol through the streets, hosing everything down. An added benefit of this fiesta is the acidity of the tomatoes completely disinfects the streets!
Since 2013 tickets have been sold for the event to limit the number of participants to 20,000 so if you fancy it, get in quick!
One bucket list wish I think we can all get on board with is the following:
I would like to take a Man v. Food trip around America
Travelling around the US eating the most absurd things they have on offer? Where do we sign up?! After hearing this, we did some diligent internet research and came across the following feasts:
Fool’s Gold Loaf – Supposedly a favourite of Elvis Presley, this sandwich is made by a company in Colorado and consists of a loaf of white bread that is covered in margarine and then baked until golden brown and warm. It’s then hollowed out and filled with peanut butter, grape jam, and a pound of crispy bacon.
The Bacon Bomb – Available at Paddy Long’s in Chicago, the Bacon Bomb is 2 and a half kilos of ground sausage, pork and beef mixed with spices and then wrapped with brown sugar bacon and slow cooked. It’s served with potato salad and chips.
The Kitchen Sink Challenge – Served at the San Francisco Creamery, this ice cream sundae contains three sliced bananas, 8 (very large) scoops of ice cream, 8 toppings, whipped cream, toasted almonds, and cherries.
With so many cycling-obsessed colleagues here at the Halfords Support Centre, we were bound to get someone mention a cycling trip. Specifically, biking through Myanmar. One of Asia’s holiest cities, Myanmar (formerly Burma) has a rich cultural history that has been preserved due to its relative isolation from the rest of the world. Vast plains, wide, expansive rivers and Buddhist monuments make this country one of a kind. In the words of Rudyard Kipling,
This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.
Provided by several tour companies, a cycling holiday will take adventurers across the country, taking in the sights of the Shan Highlands, the Mandalay plains, and Mount Popa.
What’s on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!