Remember how I talked to you about Tampa Bay’s Mardi Gras? Well…it happened last Saturday. As expected, a good 90% of my crew members were so wasted by noon (note: Parade started at 1 PM)…that I could barely get any beads this year *insert extremely sad face here* In fact, it is an odd record for me, who always walks out with hundreds (without having to flash boobies or booty – yay for me!). So it was a bit dim…except for the mere two hours I was a bit tipsy…so…to desribe the day in a few words and shots…
Gasparilla Pregame Party
pregaming hours before the Invasion parade = trouble!
festive pirate drinks - including beads and charm of my Alma Mater, University of Tampa
action shot during the Flip Cup tournament - an infamous American drinking game
The Invasion Parade
The Invasion parade - my friends couldn't even stumble closer to the floats
Only about 6 out of about 60 people made it to the parade with me, all we did was watch some canon balls being fired and ate delicious one-foot corndogs. Ahhh, the highlight of my day:
food stand at the parade
One-foot corn dogs at the parade - yum!
There were some sexy sightings, though!
Float of Tampa's Fire Dept. Firefighters in this city are among the sexiest I've seen (and yes, I've had close encounters thanks to students setting off alarms on campus while living in the dorms. Happy days!)
Aftermath? Still unknown
Indeed, and quite unfortunately, The “Invasion” parade is only really fun if you are tipsy, quite wasted or abnormally obsessed with beads. Until next year, then! Arrrghhhh
pirates and beads - all that is known...for now!
Stay tuned, though: I will collect drunken tales from those who stayed with the sexy pirates that never made it to the parade. We shall know soon enough what they actually wound up doing…and hope we’ll laugh ’til our tummies hurt from reading them stories. Halla!
'Til next year. Arghhh!
PS – my sexy pirate costume never got in on time. That’s probably why I didn’t have as much fun, too…
Whether you call it a bucket list, or travel bucket list, or things to do before I die; or if you simply call them dreams or goals: Everybody has one of those “lists,” either written on paper, on a computer, in their mind, or in their heart. My bucket list has always involved traveling, and so I have called it the travel bucket list, and this shall be part 3! (click for part 1 and part 2). It contains my written dreams and goals yet to accomplish. Yet, in the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to cross some “items” out! And so here, for the first time ever, I make it openly public!
For Travel bucket list Wednesday this week, I have decided to give the usual list a little twist: And turn it R-rated. So anyone under 18, please stop reading. Mmkay?
Today you will learn a lot about me…intimately. I won’t get into details, but I am a quite sensual being (being a Latina just makes matters worse by default, naturally). And so ladies and gentlemen, I present you with my R-rated travel bucket list, aka all the crazy places I want to make love abroad (or anything somewhat sexual) whilst traveling. In no particular order (warning: Most are likely illegal, lol):
* On top of the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
by Alex lbh (Creative Commons)
Ahhh, I’m still disappointed in myself for not making this one a reality when I lived in Egypt. I had a possible candidate, but he chickened out last minute, scared sh**less that he was going to be thrown into Egyptian prison for the rest of his life. I guess he forgot about the ancient art of…bribing. Hey, don’t get me wrong–I’m not talking ill of Egyptians. But hey, everyone knows bribes happen everywhere, and if to cross this one off that’s what it takes, I won’t lie, I might take the plunge or so to speak. This item, by the way, joined my R-rated travel bucket list when one of my good friends in Egypt completed the feat. Indeed, after a diplomatic party at the foot of the pyramids, in full dress (and her diplomat partner in full tux and all), a la James Bond style, they stumbled all over the place, distracting the guards and tricking them into thinking they were just drunk. Then, they waited for the party to be over and the complex to be closed. And so, in the pitch dark, they climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza and, you know it, once at the top they made sweet love to each other. They took several pictures of before and after- including some of the gorgeous Egyptian sunrise from the top of the only Ancient Wonder of the World standing. I have never envied someone so much in my entire life. But some day, oh some day, it will be ME! =D
* With a diplomat…better yet, inside the actual Embassy (anywhere)!
by Foma, Wiki Commons
Another one of my half-crossed-off items. Indeed, I had the privilege to join the high ranks of government (or so to speak haha!) with a handsome New Zealand diplomat toward the end of my year living and studying in Egypt (what a closure!). Unfortunately, though, I wasn’t able to do it inside the Embassy…but, it remains on my list. Who knows: I think I want to be greedy next time and want to have the Ambassador instead =D (I told you I was trouble! lol)
* Inside a fairy chimney in Cappadocia, Turkey
by Cybedu, Wiki Commons
This one should not be hard to cross off at all. The most charming hotels in the region of Cappadocia are carved into the rock, nestled inside those fairy chimneys from above, so this shall be a quite easy feat and (thankfully) all legal and “sane” =) Now thinking about it, this will be part of that 40-day Turkish delight itinerary I’ve previously mentioned on my travel bucket list…! Yay for making the epic Turkey trip even more epic!
* During a hot air balloon ride
Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor.com
Speaking of Cappadocia…hot air balloon rides are quite popular there. Which got me thinking…and now I want to do it inside a hot air balloon, too. Now that is a thrill ride right there!
* On an helicopter while flying over the Grand Canyon, USA
Grand Canyon from helicopter - Brian Snelson, Creative Commons
I just made up this travel bucket list item (I’m not kidding either). I guess I’m just so, ahh, inspired this morning (lol!). I don’t know how feasible this would be, considering how small helicopters probably are, but I guess if I pay enough and bring a blanket this shouldn’t be too hard. And with the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon just below us…talk about after glow!
* While camping (not so legally) inside the Great Wall of China
Camping inside the Great Wall - Jodi Ettenberg, LegalNomads.com
Thanks, Jodi Ettenberg (Legal Nomads) for this travel bucket list idea! OK, she most likely did not do it while there, but she did camp inside the Great Wall of China and I remember dreaming of doing this ever since I read it on her blog a couple of years back. And so I thought, dang, how awesome it would be to romantically make love while watching the sunrise at the Great Wall of China!? Oh yeah, I’m taking the word epic to a whole new level (I realize I viciously overuse this word, but I don’t care! =D)
* Samba dance in full attire (aka half naked) on the biggest parade of Carnaval in Brazil
Brazilian samba dancer, Flickr Commons
Ok, I realize this might not be so R-rated, but to some folks, it can be. And with the Latina power I hold within (hey, my hips don’t lie), this would probably be one of the funnest (and sensual) times I could ever have. Something about wearing that barely-there outfit after days of tanning my olive skin under the hot Brazilian sun sounds sexy as heck. And I’m sure I’ll probably cross any other item off this R-rated travel bucket list with (any?) guy that sees me cross of this one. LOL!!!! *wink*
* At the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon in Iceland - Sindre Jacobsen, Flikr Commons
A ton of you probably hate me right now and think I’m gross. But hey, it was more of a tease, lasting about 5 minutes due to a strong guilt trip and consideration from us (the other party shall remain unnamed lol). So no, the “deed” wasn’t finished (not even close!), but I guess we were just in it for those few minutes for the thrill and the bragging rights. I know, I’m bad
And that shall be it for my travel bucket list, the R-rated version! It is now an official series: Every Wednesday post will be about my never-ending, ever-long travel bucket list. Until next time!
What’s on your R-rated travel bucket list (bahaha)? What have you crossed off already?
I said bye-bye to 2010 in Times Square, NYC and shot an awesome video of that moment! I went nuts (and said “minutes” instead of “seconds”); couldn’t believe I was finally crossing this off my bucket list! =D
To read more about how I basically “seduced” an NYPD officer in order to crash into Times Square and watch this countdown from the VIP lane, CLICK HERE
While I would probably not do all this all over again, it is an experience not to be missed in life, for sure!