retrospective bucket list

A retrospective bucket list is the list of things that we’ve done that we are so happy we did. The stuff on this list is not necessarily something we would have put on a “bucket list” in the first place but has turned out to be worthy of being on a list of some sort.

The list is not in order of preference, it is in chronological order.

#1 Rode a horse drawn carriage through the streets of Melbourne before our first ever degustation menu at the Park Hyatt (2005)

#2 Watched “The Phantom of the Opera” musical in London (2006)

# 3 Drove on the autobahn, where the roads have not limits (2006)

#4 Saw wombats and platypus in the wild in Tasmania (2008)

#5 Married in the Chinese Garden of Friendship in front of 88 family and friends (2008)

#6 Watched sumo wrestling in Japan

#7 Bought our first home (2009)

#8 Watched David Copperfield the illusionist live on stage in Sydney (2009)

#9 Saw snow for the first time ever but more magical as we were at Mount Rushmore (2009)

#10 Saw a moose and its mother near the Grand Tetons (2009)

#11 Saw Cirque Du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio in Las Vegas (2009)

#12 Attended an astronomy course where we learnt to appreciate and understand the stars a little more (2010)

#13 Had unobstructed views of NYC atop the Empire State Building with no crowds (2010)

#14 Studied beginners spanish in preparation for our trip to Peru and continuing after our return – it certainly came in handy (2011)

#15 Met Lonesome George in the Galapagos – makes it even more special as he has since passed away and was the last of his kind (2011)

#16 Dined at Quay restaurant and enjoying the guava snow egg dessert (2011)

#17 Watched an Australian, Lleyton Hewitt, at the Australia Open (2012)

#18 Walked through the Hanging Monastery in China (2012)

#19 Watched the Shaolin Monks performance at the Shaolin Temple (2012)

#20 Witnessed as a spectator in ANZ Stadium Sydney Swans beat Collingwood in the semi-finals to seal a position in the Grand Final of which they went on to win (2012)

#21 Went on a Caribbean Cruise – even though we discovered cruising is not for us, at least we can say now we’ve done it (2012)

#22 Spent a fortnight in Disneyworld (2013)

#23 Saw the rings of Saturn during our Sounds of Silence Dinner in Uluru (2013)

#24 Listened to the Dalai Lamai speak at his public talk in Sydney (2013)

#25 Braved cold waist deep water to see Saklikent Gorge (2013)

#26 Own a handwoven genuine Turkish rug (2013)

#27 Listened to Brian Cox speak live in Sydney (2014)

#28 Experience the World Cup in Brazil, supporting the Socceroos (2014)

#29 Saw Moulin Rouge while in Paris (2014)

#30 Walk the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela (2014)

#31 Watched Lior Suchard live at the Opera House (2015)


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    Liz Totton said:
    June 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I have to start one of these! It must be so gratifying to see what you have actually accomplished rather than constantly noticing the things you have not.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      June 4, 2014 at 6:02 am

      Yes!! That’s exactly why we keep one and also sometime we do something that we don’t realise is so worth it 🙂 Hope you get onto creating one!!

        Liz Totton said:
        June 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        I like it. I have been needing to add another page to my blog, and I think this is it! Thank you for the idea. 🙂

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