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LIVING MY GAP YEAR

Five Things I Crossed Off my Bucket List This Month That Were Never On It

Zuzu Tadeushuk

iPhone Photo-Journal 2.0: November

Over the past month I have spent 90 hours on a plane (yes, my bum is sore),  visited four cities on three different continents, met many interesting people, and accomplished some random unusualities that I hadn’t ever expected to encounter. But that’s the beauty of travel isn't it? What’s an adventure if not everything you didn’t plan for!

1. Climbing Up World's Tallest Building

Visited the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Paid an exorbitant sum of money to access the 148th floor to look down on the city and the sea. At least we got free coffee out of it-- via the Guinness-world-record-holding highest cafe in the world!

2. Tasting Camel-Milk Chocolate, United Arab Emirates.

and yes, it was weird. 

3. Tossing for Love in the Trevi, Rome.

Custom has it that if you toss a coin into the famed Trevi fountain over your left shoulder with your right hand, you will fall in love with the next person you see-- maybe not the most prudent thing to do, but hey, it's tradition, why not give it a try? (Supposedly 3,000 Euros fall into that fountain each day, and are collected to fund a subsidized supermarket for the city's homeless. Go Rome!) The air at this moment was so thick with corniness you could taste it. Bleh (but again it's tradition, why not give it a try)...

And nothing happened.

-Maybe. (Ten min later at the colosseum).

4. Bathroom Antics at 35,000 Feet.

No, I didn't join the mile-high club. I threw up on the flight home, multiple times-- a predicament I have always wondered about and dreaded. Well, now I know what it's like, and let's just say it wasn't very pleasurable. 

5. Being French... in Rome??

Eating real gateaux from a fake patisserie (and real pizza from a fake pizzeria, and real mozzarella balls from a fake fromagerie) all on the set of the Chanel runway show, built in the famed Roman film studio Cinecitta to resemble a Left Bank neighborhood of 1960's Paris! Of course. Because what else does one expect to do in the capital of Italy but be quintessentially, CHANELiciously, bourgeoisly Parisienne.