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Here’s a tip for you – if a friend has recently started hiking and asks you if you fancy going for a walk, think very carefully before you say yes…

Unfortunately I didn’t think it through and jumped at the chance. Fortunately, it turned out to be one of my better decisions and the beginning of a love affair with the Lycian Way in Turkey.

Luckily for me and my traveling companions, Carol & Clare, the start of the 509km Lycian Way trail is right on our doorstep and we took our first steps of a one day hike on the morning of 26th March 2017.

1 copyThe best way to describe the first part of the walk is ‘up’. Simple as that, ‘up’. In fact, probably more ‘up’ than I’ve ever been before. Of course being generally unfit and asthmatic (thank the Lord I’d already given up smoking!) I got about 30 minutes into the ‘up’ before I felt I was going to be quite violently sick. Slightly embarrassing seeing as I’m the youngest of the 3 of us but the girls were very gracious and patient and no finger pointing or laughing was involved.

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‘Up’, ‘Up’, and more ‘Up’

Any remaining breath a hiker might have during this stretch will have no doubt been taken away by the stunning coastal views.

2 copyAnyway, when I’d got over this feeling we trundled on and ‘up’ finally became ‘flat’ and not a minute too soon I have to say!

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Flat (finally!)

There was even a bit of ‘down’ which was bloody marvelous in my eyes.

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The girls demonstrating what ‘down’ looks like

We eventually stopped for a sarnie and then later on for cay (tea) and a ‘squat over a hole in the floor’ break before soldiering on to our final destination, Faralya, which marked the end of Section 1 of the Lycian Way.

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Made it! A quick refresher before our bus back home

There are loads of other things I could mention such as me thinking I saw an elephant (don’t ask) and meeting the largest Ukrainian biker any of us will probably ever meet but I think I’ll just finish off by saying that this 16km stroll taking 4.5 hours, is just the start…in fact we’ve already covered another 50km since we took these first steps but more about that next time…

 

Not being a huge fan of the festive period (yeah I know, grinch, bah humbug…the list goes on) has left me with not only some of January’s wages still in my pocket but also a bit of time on my hands so I figured now would be a perfect time to finalise my lifetime Bucket List. I read somewhere that when writing a Bucket List you should list 100 things – the first 30 to 40 will be easy, the next 30 or 40 require a little soul-searching and the remaining 30 or 40 are the most revealing. Well they weren’t wrong (whoever ‘they’ are) – the first 40 rushed from my fingertips without me even having to draw a breath but then my fingers froze and my mind went blank. But hang on, I’m English, so let’s have a cup of tea and a biscuit and think about this. Two dunked biscuits later and I’m there, woo hoo. It’s taken me over 4 months to compile this list and it’s involved looking at other Bucket List blogs such as Lesley Carter’s awesome ‘Bucket List Publications’ blog (lesleycarter.wordpress.com), searching through the many ‘100 Things To Do Before You Die’ websites and a few ‘hell yeah, I want to do that’ brainwaves at 3am. Writing this list has also made me realise exactly how many exciting opportunities I’ve already had with 31 of what I consider to be standard Bucket List aims already ticked off. I’ve also noticed that most of my aims involve having to spend money to get to places so I’m going to have to be very inventive when it comes to achieving some of these. Any recommendations you may have that can help would be much appreciated (looking forward to suggestions on how I can achieve no. 65!). Luckily the company I work for in London has offered me the opportunity to work for them on a freelance basis once I’ve moved, so the only thing stopping me earning lots of money will be myself, and Turkey’s slightly unreliable internet connection. I’m hoping that friends and family will join me in some of these and I know my good friend, Julie F, is waiting for this list in trepidation as I’ve already warned her she is going to be my ‘go to’ person when I want some company, in fact the poor girl has already signed up to walking around the edge of a very high building and looking an idiot on a segway. I have a feeling I may be de-friended on facebook any day now… So, here we go, in no particular order, some simple, some more complex and some very unlikely to happen but if you could achieve all your dreams easily then they wouldn’t be dreams. And the red ones are the ones I’ve already been lucky enough to complete. Hopefully reading this will inspire some of you to down tools, look at the world around you and start experiencing all that life has to offer. Bucket List

  1. Go hot air ballooning
  2. Bungy jump
  3. Abseil down a building
  4. Parachute jump
  5. Raft the Grand Canyon
  6. Go up in a helicopter
  7. Eat as many Eggs Benedict in as many different countries as possible (on-going – obviously!)
  8. Go whale watching
  9. Sleep under the stars
  10. Visit Tutankhamun’s tomb
  11. Get a tattoo (or three)
  12. Go white water rafting
  13. Visit Niagara
  14. Fly in a Sea Plane
  15. See a performance on Broadway
  16. Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
  17. See a performance in the West End
  18. Go to a concert
  19. Play football at Wembley
  20. See a bear in the wild
  21. Go on a safari
  22. Visit Alcatraz
  23. Visit the Everglades
  24. Fly First Class
  25. Fly in a private plane
  26. Walk part of the Great Wall of China
  27. Visit Chichen Itza
  28. Walk up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  29. Go up the Empire State Building
  30. Stop smoking
  31. Reach 100 on my Bucket List goals
  32. Hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  33. Hike to Machu Picchu
  34. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  35. Meet another Sian Midgley (completed 10th Oct 2013)
  36. Do the Thames Duck Tour (completed April 2013)
  37. Give up working full time (completed February 2013)
  38. Dye my hair an outrageous colour
  39. Go kayaking
  40. Learn to take a good photo
  41. Visit Istanbul (completed May 2014)
  42. Visit Cappaddocia
  43. Get under 10 stone in weight (nailed it!)
  44. Do some charitable work (began work on 7th June 2013)
  45. Go paragliding (completed May 2013)
  46. Learn to surf
  47. Hold a sloth
  48. Go microlighting (completed 26th August 2013)
  49. Ride an elephant
  50. Sleep in an Ice Hotel
  51. See the Northern Lights
  52. Swim with sharks
  53. Swim with dolphins
  54. Go to the Rio Carnival
  55. Learn to speak Turkish (completed 10th April 2014)
  56. Ride a horse (completed May 2014)
  57. Go to the Festival of Colours in India
  58. Go zip lining
  59. Learn to cook
  60. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
  61. Visit the Antarctic
  62. Fly over a volcano
  63. Visit Auschwitz
  64. Spend a night in a yurt
  65. Kite surf
  66. Go up in a glider
  67. Abseil down Table Mountain
  68. Caving (the thought absolutely terrifies me so this will be a strong test of character)
  69. Go Zorbing (completed April 2013)
  70. Visit Graceland (completed June 2014)
  71. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  72. Spend a night in an Airstream caravan
  73. Go on a Segway
  74. Go on a walking safari
  75. Do the CN Tower Edgewalk, Toronto (completed 11th October 2013)
  76. Go on the ride at the top of The Stratosphere, Vegas (already chickened out once, ok twice)
  77. Visit Petra in Jordan
  78. Publish a short story
  79. Ride a jet ski
  80. Learn to ski/snowboard
  81. Have a go on a jet pack
  82. Hike in Yellowstone
  83. Go to the Grand Ole Opry (completed June 2014)
  84. Jump off a cliff into deep water
  85. Walk on hot coals
  86. Go rock climbing
  87. Go on a dog sledge
  88. Go to a Supernatural convention (completed 11th – 13th Oct 2013)
  89. Visit the Taj Mahal
  90. See Mount Rushmore
  91. Visit an Amish family
  92. Ride on an Amtrak train
  93. Ride on a Greyhound bus
  94. Make a bowl on a pottery wheel (completed February 2013)
  95. Have tea at the Ritz (completed April 2013)
  96. Go to a detox retreat
  97. Go to a silent retreat
  98. Wear a dress every day for 7 consecutive days (not easy for a jeans and t-shirt girl!) (completed September 2013)
  99. Do the 64 week London to Sydney truck adventure with Mad Adventure Travel (that’ll be a whole new blog!)
  100. Reach treble figures in the amount of followers of this blog by the end of 2013 (completed April 2013)

 And here’s some of the evidence:

Hot air ballooning in New Zealand, 2009

Hot air ballooning in New Zealand, 2009

My first bungy jump in Australia, 1992

My first bungy jump in Australia, 1992

And my second in New Zealand, 2009

And my second in New Zealand, 2009

Abseiling down the Millbank Building

Abseiling down the Millbank Building

Parachute jump in Cambridge

Parachute jump in Cambridge, 1999

A slight shoe problem whilst rafting the Grand Canyon, 2012

A slight shoe problem whilst rafting the Grand Canyon, 2012

One of the many trips I've taken in a helicopter, over New York, with my sister

One of the many trips I’ve taken in a helicopter, over Manhattan, with my sister

Me and my friend Sarah looking very fetching in our whale watching gear, Vancouver

Me and my friend Sarah looking very fetching in our whale watching gear, Vancouver

Looking cool and sophisticated (!) just outside Tutankhamun's tomb, Egypt

Looking cool and sophisticated (!) just outside Tutankhamun’s tomb, Egypt

Another fetching outfit as I prepare to indulge in some white water rafting, Vancouver

Another fetching outfit as I prepare to indulge in some white water rafting, Vancouver

My first of two visits to Niagara. Did I really wear that hat in public?

My first of two visits to Niagara. Did I really wear that hat in public?

Making friends with the seaplane captain, Vancouver

Who can resist a man in uniform? Making friends with the seaplane captain, Vancouver

Getting ready to play at match at Wembley (exhaustion hit after about 3 mins!)

Getting ready to play at match at Wembley (exhaustion hit after about 3 mins!)

Ready for a safari in Kenya

Ready for a safari in Kenya

Flying Upper Class with Virgin. Yes there is champagne in that OJ

Flying Upper Class with Virgin. Yes there is champagne in that OJ

Flying in a private plane from Boston to Niagara with my cousins

Flying in a private plane from Boston to Niagara with my cousins

Walking (staggering) part of the Great Wall of China, 2003

Walking (staggering) part of the Great Wall of China, 2003

Me and my sis on a very hot day at Chichen Itza, Mexico

Me and my sis on a very hot day at Chichen Itza, Mexico

Well, it's not like I was going to go there and not do the pose was it...

Well, it’s not like I was going to go there and not do the pose was it…

At the top of the Empire State Building way back in 1991 - gotta love the hair huh!

At the top of the Empire State Building way back in 1991 – gotta love the hair huh!

 

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