Yata!

This is my way of being Zen and restoring the imbalance caused my endless lists of “Things to do”. Here is the list (in no particular order) of the top 50 things that I have ticked off in the past year.

  1. Lived on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro for 3 months and have explored the lower slopes a million times
  2. Got hopelessly lost in a cornfield and walked the entire length and breadth of a coffee plantation
  3. Explored a 1.5 million year old cave
  4. Shared millions of plates of Ugali, Machalari & Nyama Choma (traditional Tanzanian food – stiff porridge made out of maize, banana stew, grilled meat) with Tanzanians
  5. Lived and worked with the Masai
  6. Spent a couple of early mornings at small town/village markets
  7. Listened to church singing and dancing
  8. Celebrated Christmas in Summer and Easter in Winter
  9. Practically owned local transport with the amount of travelling I’ve done on them – which also means I conquered my claustrophobia and agoraphobia
  10. Watched the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and watched Cheetah’s hunt
  11. Watched the sunset over the rooftops of Zanzibar’s stone town
  12. Lived on a volcano and explored the pre-historic looking Ol Doinyo Lengai
  13. Sat through the proceedings of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  14. Pinched myself silly while watching the animals do their thing from the rim of the Ngorongoro crater
  15. Watched the Zanzibari mafia load unregistered cars to the background of locals play fighting on the beach
  16. Watched the moonrise – including the infamous super moon
  17. Lived through 8 back to back tremors in Arusha without passing out from the stress
  18. Saw Freddie Mercury’s house in Zanzibar
  19. Took the traditional Dhow and nearly drowned
  20. Went snorkelling in shark infested waters
  21. Discovered Zanzibar in the rainy season
  22. Folded a 1001 origami cranes for my sister
  23. Read 150 books in 8 months
  24. Watched a movie in 3D – no, not Avatar
  25. Slept under the stars many times, even camped out with hyenas *shudder*
  26. Helped someone give birth (4 births in a month)
  27. Learnt how to play poker
  28. Danced in the rain
  29. Climbed many mountains
  30. Started cycling again
  31. Met and befriended real Rastas
  32. Watched a Solar Eclipse
  33. Was in two countries at once (Kenya and Tanzania) – had quite a bit of stretching to do
  34. Jumped into the Indian Ocean fully clothed – jeans and the works 😛
  35. Was a teacher at Kindergarten, College and an Adult Learning Facility
  36. Started a fire with a magnifying glass
  37. Got my nails painted African Style
  38. Participated in local festivities (Traditional Marriages, Baptisms and funerals – and boy do I have stories to tell)
  39. Ran an art class for children
  40. Went backpacking without a plan
  41. Learnt Swahili (and a bit of KiChagga and KiMasai)
  42. Wrote a blog post every month for over a year
  43. Changed my name for a day and did things I wouldn’t normally do
  44. Wrote myself a letter to open in 10 years
  45. Had my palm read my a Masai witchdoctor
  46. Ate insects – a local delicacy called Kumbi Kumbi’s (Tastes like ash)
  47. Went on a picnic after ages
  48. Spent a rainy day watching movies in my PJs
  49. Spent a whole day at the beach (actually, read 5)
  50. Volunteered in Africa for 8 months

In the words of Hiro Nakamura, “YATAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

8 thoughts on “Yata!

  1. Came here from Sangita’s blog. Loved your space. Something in your blog calls out to me – probably your free adventurous spirit that dares to go all out after your dreams.

    Loved this post. 🙂 Truly inspiring.

    Am blogrolling you. Will be back to read more.

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    1. Thank you, girl next door. I would, if I could, frame this comment and look at it at times when I don’t feel so adventurous or free. Do come back. Maybe you can guest blog for me sometime! 🙂

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