The Bucket List

The chance to spend eight months abroad doesn’t come around every day. Spain’s the treasure chest of Europe: there’s so much to see and do in so many shapes and sizes, whether you’re into culture, fiestas, beaches, mountains, architecture, or if you just want to get well away from the beaten track like me. Hey, Extremadura – wish granted! So I’m going to draw up a list of no less than fifty things to do whilst I’m here in Iberia. It’d be foolhardy to think I’ll accomplish even half of them, but it’s a challenge I’m willing to take head-on! At the very least, I’m going to try to minesweep the rest of the Spanish communidades that I haven’t yet visited. Besides, my love affair with Spain isn’t a short term thing. I’ll always come back for more.

  1. Visit Cortés’ hometown of Medellín, Extremadura
  2. See a bustard lek, Extremadura
  3. Return to Olvera, Andalucía
  4. Trek the Sierra de Jerte, Extremadura
  5. Whisper the shahada in the Mezquita de Córdoba, Andalucía
  6. Visit El Parque Nacional de Monfrague, Extremadura
  7. Look out across the Atlantic from Cabo da Roca, Portugal
  8. Learn a few words of estremeñu, Extremadura
  9. Stand at the Old World’s end at Finisterre, Galicia
  10. Quiet weekend in El Rocío, Andalucía
  11. Learn to make five traditional dishes
  12. Visit a new friend’s house
  13. Stay another night in the castle-hostel in Toledo, Castilla y León
  14. Go hiking in the Cordillera Cantabrica, Cantabria
  15. Meet up with at least one former classmate from Olvera, Andalucía
  16. Make the ferry crossing to Morocco at least once
  17. Monkey around at the summit of the Rock of Gibraltar, Andalucía
  18. Teach Ukuthula, the Circle of Life and/or the Southland Concerto
  19. Suffer a beach day on the Mediterranean, Andalucía
  20. Find an excuse to practise Arabic in Spain
  21. Go wild-camping up in the high sierras again
  22. Send a message in a bottle across the Atlantic, Spain/Portugal
  23. Teach yourself one of either Portuguese, Amharic, Zulu or Quechua
  24. Swim in a natural pool, Extremadura
  25. Visit Hornachos, home of the short-lived Bou-Regeg pirate colony, Extremadura
  26. Return home for Semana Santa in Olvera, Andalucía
  27. Find your soul spot, Extremadura
  28. Explore the grounds of Half-Castle, Extremadura
  29. Revisit Merida for the book, Extremadura

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