“If one doesn’t talk about a thing, it has never happened. It is simply expression that gives reality to things.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
You’ve got things you want to accomplish right? Things in the back of your mind that one day you’d like to achieve? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, I do too, and one way I follow my dreams is to write them down, as expression “gives reality to things”. I’m also keen to set a date on mine, to check back and see how I went. So without further ado, here’s five things I want to experience by the end of 2015:
Drink a Guinness in Ireland (preferably at the Guinness factory)
Not everyone’s mug of choice, but I’ve been drinking the stuff for about twenty years now and I hear it’s vastly different at the source (go on, smugly tell me how good it is). I’ve had quite a few in England but I’m sure it’s not the same. In fact, I’ve never been to Ireland at all, and while this may sound like a small feat, it’s certainly not to me! I will be smiling and dancing (hopefully not staggering) when I achieve this and I’ll be blogging about it too.
Follow the Way of St James
Ooooo, I said it. Definitely no small feat, particularly when you have a partner that’s not much of a walker and a soon-to-be four-year-old, Olin, who would rather sit on swings and read books than embark on an epic slog across an entire country (can’t blame him there). I’ve been dreaming about this one for years.
I don’t consider myself religious, I just love history, culture and Spain, and I can’t wait to embark on this historic pilgrimage that’s become one of the most popular walks in the world. Friends of ours just did it (well done Rudi and Claps!), which has inspired me even more.
Explore more of Tasmania – the island of off-the-beaten-path adventures
Ahh, what a place this small(ish) island is. If you haven’t yet been there, book a ticket right now. Now! Okay, perhaps when it’s more convenient. Anyway, for me this is a haunting place. Ghost towns, dark history, wild and beautiful, beautiful places, all with fantastic food and some of the best whisky in the world (apparently). I’m not much of a whisky connoisseur, but I’m keen to explore this further. I have an interesting friend who’s based down there and since I’ll be embarking on a lengthy sojourn overseas early/mid next year, I’ll be returning to ‘Tassie’, as it’s colloquially called, very soon. Stay tuned….
Visit the Grave of Eric Arthur Blair
I know this might sound silly, visiting the resting place of someone I’ve never known, but Eric Arthur Blair – best known by his pen name of George Orwell – has been one of the few people in this world that has really inspired me. I thought he talked a lot of sense in his relatively short life and I love his writing style. He really wrote from experience and after reading Down and Out in Paris and London, I’ve never looked at restaurants the same. I’ve also never been to Oxford, England (his final resting place) and from what I hear it’s a wonderful spot to explore.
Have a coffee in a ‘good’ café in Italy
Yeah I know, whatever right? Well for me this will be a wonderful thing, as I’m a barista by night when I’m not writing, I am into my coffee and think I make a pretty decent one. I’ve also never been to Italy (gasp!) and I’ve heard it’s the land of the espresso. I made a cappuccino for someone the other day and they watched me and said “ah, Italian style”. I took this as a compliment.
I also just love people watching and the thought of sipping an espresso in espresso central (preferably by a canal) while gazing upon the bustle of one of the oldest civilised lands, is, at least for me, exciting. Of course I’m going to investigate what exactly is a ‘good’ Italian café beforehand and I’ll blog about this seemingly banal experience too.
Anyway, now that I’ve put my goals out there, what about you? Do you want to step an inch (or two) closer to yours by marking them in print below? Even if it’s just one or two things, no matter how small, I’d love to hear about them.
Disclosure: I drank a bottle of Guinness writing this post for the sake of a photo.