Let me start out by saying I feel so fortunate and blessed that we have had the opportunity to see as much of this incredible planet as we have. I get overwhelmed sometimes when I think back on places we have been and experiences we have had.
Truly I am grateful!
But, YES, I still have places on my bucket list. Currently the top 10 in no particular order are:
2. Train or road trip through Austria, especially Halstatt
3. Tokyo, Japan
8. Cinque Terra plus the boot of Italy (road trip, top to bottom)
9. The Amazon
10. Some of the “Stans“
And as a bonus: Gorilla trekking
Editors Note: The pictures in todays post are not mine and have been credited to the appropriate photographer when known.
What’s still on your Bucket List?? Please share in comments…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am of course grateful for all that we have already seen, that the world is getting closer to kicking COVID to the curb, and that it will not be too much longer before we are able to start ticking some more places off of our long and diversified list.
P.S. On a personal note. Some of you may remember that I am taking a publishing course, and am working on writing a couple of books. One of them is of course travel related. A step in the course, is to start and grow a Facebook Group on the topic. Getting my travel group up and running was a no-brainer, and I am grateful that some of you have already joined us. In case you have not, and are curious to see what we are sharing there, you can simply click this link.
Other than writing a travel book, my first full length book will be under a pen name, as I learn more of the “ropes”, so to speak. It is on a challenging subject, and much more intense than the lighthearted travel subjects found here on my blog. I decided to write about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
As our population ages, the number of people being diagnosed with this insidious disease is skyrocketing. And more and more of us are being placed in the position of being a caregiver for our loves ones.
This is a project that is dear to me, but also heart-wrenching. In 2012, Tim and I welcomed my mother into our home to care for her as she battled both Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.
I was one of the lucky ones, as my sister played an active roll in mom’s care, setting up legal documents, and eventually taking over the roll of executor of her estate. A close friend stayed with her for a weekend to give us a much needed get-a-way. Mom lost her battle in early 2013, and we sold our home to travel later that year.
To honor her, to learn more, and to be of service, I decided to created a Facebook Group called Alzheimers: A to Z. It is brand new. The intro describes the group as:
“Perhaps you have a loved one who you suspect is showing signs of mental decline and you are not sure where to start getting the answers and support you need. Or, you have been in a caregiving role for a while, are exhausted, and in need of some emotional support from others who have already walked in your shoes. Or, you want to keep updated on the latest research and advances in the medical world trying to find a cure for this horrendous disease. If this sounds like you, then WELCOME, our community is here to help and support you.”
I’m looking for new members that fit into any of those categories, and/or have already been down this road and could offer up love, support and encouragement to those who are just beginning their journey. If this sounds like you, or you know someone who might benefit from this information, please consider joining this fledgling group. Alzheimers: A to Z