So..... What is a Bucket List?
For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, a bucket list is a list of achievements and experiences you wish to complete in your lifetime.
I've decided to put my bucket list online in hopes of encouraging myself to complete it and maybe inspire a few of you to create a list of your own!
This is what I have so far, no doubt my list will grow as I travel and experience more things!
The Baby-vets bucket list:
- Graduate as a vet
- Learn a new language
- See Mount Everest
- Visit every continent (North America, Europe completed)
- Bungee jump - Completed! (2015)
- Fly in a Hot Air Balloon
- Go to all four countries in Great Britain (Scotland, England, Wales completed)
- Travel to all 50 US states (Florida completed)
- Celebrate New Year's Eve in another country
- Go to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios - Completed (2013)
- Sky Dive
- Buy my first house
- Go on holiday with my friends - Completed (Amsterdam 2015, France 2016, Budapest 2017)
- Learn to dive
- Go on a student exchange - Completed (Sweden 2015)
- Celebrate Christmas in another country
- Go on a road trip
- Take my mum on a trip somewhere special
- Have a family
- Go Skiing - Completed (Val Thorens 2016)
- Work as a vet in a different country
- Visit All the Disney Parks around the world - (Florida completed)
- Learn to drive - Completed (2011)
- Climb Machu Pichu
- See the Taj Mahal - Completed (2016)
- See the Pyramids in Egypt
- Go on an African Safari
- See Tigers in the Wild - Completed (India 2016)
The Peru Bucket List!
So as you all know by now, I'm an organisation freak , which means I have already begun making plans for my graduation adventures in South America in August 2018!!!!
Peru (with a compulsory pilgrimage to Machu Pichu of course!) is solidly on the list so whilst pouring over guide books and fellow blogger's travel guides planning our journey, I began subconsciously devising a list of musts (must see, must do, must eat, etc). When I realised this, I thought I'd better write it all down so I don't miss anything off, and what better place to put it than here on my Bucket List Blog Page?!?
So here it is, My Peruvian Adventures Bucket List!!
For the Foodies:
- Have Coca - in many forms; tea, candies etc NOTE: Do NOT try and bring back as a souvenir as it is an illegal substance in many countries due to the possibility of extracting cocaine from the leaves.
- Try Cuy (Guinea pig) - I know it sounds harsh eating our furry little friends which many of the Western world keep as pets but when in Rome....
- Have Aji de gallina - a stew of chicken, potatoes, olives and egg, a thing everyone's nanny makes in Peru
- Try Alpaca
- Eat Ceviche - a cold fish stew and Peru's national dish
- Try anticuchos - skewered beef heart
- Drink chicha - an alcoholic beverage usually made from fermented corn - not sure what i'm going to think to that!
- Have Picarones - doughnuts made out of sweet potato
- Eat Causa - made from layered avocados and potatoes - two staples in Peru and mighty tasty so I've heard!
- Try Inca Kola - a sugary bright yellow fizzy drink which exists only in Peru
- Eat Lomo Saltado - not one for the carb-phobic amongst us, but a dish with an interesting back story; This fusion of Peruvian and Asian cooking originated from the number of Asian immigrants who made South America their home years ago when looking for work.
- Try something with the signature Aji pepper in it - a bright yellow pepper with a mild chilli kick
- Eat Rocoto Relleno - A dish associated with Arequipa, made with a pepper 10 times hotter than a Jalapeño but the heat is subdued by cooking (Thank God!)
- Drink Chicha Morada - a non-alcoholic drink made with purple corn - I'm told it goes great with Ceviche!
- Try a Lucuma - a mango-like fruit often used for flavouring deserts due to its apparent custardy taste
- Try Arcilla - an edible clay ate with potatoes served by the people who live around Lake Titicaca and Puno
- Eat Lima's most popular dessert - Suspiro a la limena (roughly translated to sigh of a Lima lady, this dessert is enough to make anyone sigh with it's combination of caramelised sugar and meringue
- Drink a Pisco Sour - Peru's national alcoholic beverage
- Eat alfajores - a sandwiched cookie of shortbread and caramelised sugar - yum!
- Have Arroz con lechhe y mazamorra morada - what a mouthfull... Literally! This is a sweet rice pudding dish made from purple corn starch
- Visit the world renowned chocolatiers in Lima, Roselen - voted in Nat Geo's top 10 world best chocolate shops!