Off to the Netherlands!!!

I’m starting to get super excited as I’m off to the Netherlands tomorrow.The first 6 days is part of a university field trip, where will be staying near Utrecht and conducting research at four zoos- Burger, Amsterdam, Apenheul Primate Park and Rotterdam zoo. I’m most excited about Apenheul as it’s the first zoo where monkeys are free roaming. The next 5 days will be spent with my friends in Amsterdam!

As is customary for me when I go to a new place, I have made a mini bucket list of all of the things I need to do in Amsterdam/ Utrecht.

  1. Visit a coffee shop.
  2. See Anne Franks house.
  3. Chill out at Vondelpark.
  4. Go to Albert Cuypmarkt.
  5. Ride a bike in Amsterdam.
  6. Ride a bike from the hostel to Utrecht.
  7. Visit the Royal Palace.
  8. Have a drink in the Irish Pub.
  9. Go to the Red Light District.
  10. Have a boat ride along the canal.
  11. Have a night out in Amsterdam.
  12. Climb the Domtoren (Utrecht)

If there’s anything else anyone can recommend let me know! Can’t wait!

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Lets Finally Start the Bucket List!

In June, 2013 I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

It’s the biggest free standing mountain in the world; the fourth highest mountain on Earth. And in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation I’m going to climb that 5,895 metres to the very top.

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Holy Shit.

My mum thinks I’m stupid. She thinks I should be concentrating my money and time on my studies. Come on. I’m in my first year again. Its only a 40% pass mark! I have so much free time, spent hanging around in my bedroom watching How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory (my two new favourite shows). This is time I could be spent fundraising! Yes, admittedly I do have a very high target of £2,600 to raise in order for me to be able to go, but I am determined to prove my mother wrong and get that money.

And what an experience! How many people can say that they’ve climbed Kilimanjaro at barely 20 years old! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, I might as well do it whilst I’m still young and able, still free of commitment and still daring. So much in my life seems to be changing around me recently and I want to do something amazing myself, rather than just sitting there, same old, same old every single day.

I would very much appreciate it if anyone could give me just a little money to sponsor my climb, or to reblog this post and get my sponsorship page around. Its for a really good cause, I’m a student and so am in the second most at risk group to contract meningitis, and this charity does so much brilliant work. Thank you very much 🙂

http://www.justgiving.com/Charlotte-Coventry 

Bucket List

I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive recently. Time is quite literally, flying by and I don’t seem to be doing anything! My weekdays consist of: get out of bed at midday, maybe do a little bit of work, maybe venture outside to the shop, watch a copious amount of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Glee, then go to bed in the early hours of the morning. My weekends are even worse: Go out of an night then stay in bed or spread out on the sofa the whole day after with a hangover. Go to the shops in my pyjamas. Such a waste of a day.

My friend told me that he’s written a bucket list of 206 items and so far he’s done about 50. So I thought I might start one. So far I’ve got 70 items and counting. Here’s ten of the things I want to do before I die:

  1. Volunteer in Africa
  2. Travel to every continent
  3. Shower in a waterfall
  4. See the Northern Lights
  5. Swim with sharks
  6. Go Zorbing in New Zealand
  7. Learn to surf (I live in Plymouth for God’s Sake!)
  8. Get a meaningful tattoo
  9. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  10. Keep this blog up for a whole year

These are a few of the things I have achieved so far:

  1. Ride a zipline through a rainforest
  2. Go skinny-dipping
  3. Get kicked out of somewhere
  4. Watch turtles hatch and run to the sea
  5. Become a black belt in a Martial Art
  6. Do a Tarzan swing
  7. Perform on stage
  8. Ride a mechanical bull
  9. Hike in a rainforest
  10. Climb a mountain

Life. None of us come out of it alive. Might as well do as much as you can.