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elcarmean's Life List

  1. 1. sail around the world
    24 cheers
    942 people
  2. 2. Be an awesome big brother
    2 entries . 41 cheers
    2 people
  3. 3. round cape horn
    11 cheers
    11 people
  4. 4. get a captains license
    10 cheers
    4 people
  5. 5. restore politeness, refinement, tact and other old-fashioned niceties
    41 cheers
    61 people
  6. 6. travel the world
    14 cheers
    21,175 people
  7. 7. travel to every continent
    3 entries . 17 cheers
    1,501 people
  8. 8. Stamp out mis-guided Ché adoration worldwide
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    11 people
  9. 9. Learn how to remember peoples' names
    6 cheers
    1,679 people
  10. 10. take massage lessons
    9 cheers
    89 people
  11. 11. Learn to cook
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    10,169 people
  12. 12. Read "Don Quijote de La Mancha"
    7 cheers
    72 people
  13. 13. Buy a boat and sail the seven seas
    6 cheers
    10 people
  14. 14. Walk the Camino de Santiago
    5 cheers
    258 people
  15. 15. Practice random acts of kindness
    1 entry . 9 cheers
    738 people
  16. 16. live aboard
    6 cheers
    28 people
  17. 17. sail the mediterranean
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    80 people
  18. 18. make a difference in someone's life
    1 entry . 11 cheers
    1,275 people
  19. 19. Rid the world of alcohol (by drinking it.. one drink at a time)
    4 team members . 10 cheers
    13 people
  20. 20. Read more books
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    11,828 people
  21. 21. scuba dive more
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    85 people
  22. 22. learn to ride a motorcycle
    1,953 people
  23. 23. help people
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    1,585 people
  24. 24. show the world that all Americans aren't the McDonald's-lusting, Fear-mongering, war-loving, single-language learning, television-obsessed, culture-killing xenophobes we're made out to be by our leaders and media...
    18 cheers
    6 people
  25. 25. build a snowman like Calvin
    4 cheers
    3 people
  26. 26. get better at darts
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    33 people
  27. 27. Continue to update my Goodreads list
    2 people
  28. 28. bench press 200 lbs.
    51 people
  29. 29. remember that life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out
    7 people
  30. 30. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
    2 cheers
    518 people
  31. 31. Convince at least one 43er with the goal "become anorexic" that this is a really stupid goal...
    3 team members . 5 cheers
    4 people
  32. 32. practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty
    8 cheers
    12 people
  33. 33. drink tea every day
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    20 people
  34. 34. be like Amelie
    1 entry . 11 cheers
    46 people

How I did it
How to run the Rome Marathon
It took me
18 weeks
It made me

How to run a marathon
It took me
18 weeks
It made me

How to run a half marathon
It took me
3 months
It made me

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Recent entries
travel to every continent (read all 3 entries…)
Update 2

1)Europe – I lived in Spain and Italy and I’ve traveled just about everywhere but the nordic countries and some of Eastern Europe.
2)Africa – Morocco, South Africa, Namibia.
3)North America – Grew up in the US, have been to Canada many times.
4)Central America/Caribbean – I’m in Honduras at the moment doing a summer internship, and I’ve travelled most of the Caribbean.
4)South America – Spent time in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina.
5)Asia – Lived in Nepal, travelled to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Tajikistan, Turkey (although mostly the European side), and extremely short bouts in China and India.
6)Australia/Oceania – NOT YET
7)Antarctica – This is the only one I’m not really hoping for, but I’d like to be near Antartica as I sail through Cape Horn (another goal for the future).

scuba dive more
First time since I got my certification

This past week I took a refresher course in Utila, Honduras, and then did six dives over the course of the next 3 days. These are the first dives that I’ve done since I got my PADI Open Water certification 4 years ago, and it felt so much more natural now than it did then. I’m glad I did the refresher course, and happy that we got to see some really cool things like two eagle rays.

get better at darts (read all 2 entries…)
Finally put up the dart board

I’ve been living in Italy now since August, and I bought a dart board at the end of October, but never put it up because I didn’t have a nail or anything to protect the wall from my roommates. I finally put it up about a month ago, but have been so busy with classes that I haven’t played much. However, having it up and playing every once in a while is improving my game, and the board was about 15 euros with six darts, so I’m not out much money either!

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