As we travelled around the world, we stumbled upon some amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Some we took advantage of, others we didn’t. To date, my biggest travel regret was not attending any of the Queen‘s Diamond Jubilee festivities when we were in England. It was a celebration of 60 years at the throne.
This was clearly a once in a lifetime event, not to be missed. My family voted to skip the festivities as it was cold, raining, and crowded. We were several hours away and would need to find a last minute and overpriced accommodation in an already expensive city.
On the flip side, we were only a few hours away, we had warm clothes and raincoats and we missed something that will never come around again in our lifetime.
Did we learn from our mistake?
You decide, here are a few opportunities that come to mind:
- We were in Santiago de Compostela on el Dia de Santiago (St. James Day). We attended mass lead by the Arch Bishop and saw the Botafumeiro. As the evening festivities approached, rocket scientist hubby took one look at the pyrotechnics set to go off directly over the crowd, counted the 50+ paramedics there “just in case” and opted to skip the fireworks display.
- Although we were only a few hours away from Pamplona at our home exchange house, we opted not to go to the “Running of the Bulls.”
- We timed our travels to be away from London for the Olympics to avoid the inflated prices.
- It’s a long story, but we marched in May Day Parade in Moscow!
- We entered Cuevas del Castillo in Spain and saw the recently discovered to be 40,000-year-old drawings before the cave is permanently closed to the public.
- Our family joined the crowd at the annual Moussem Moulay Idriss Festival but skipped viewing the sacrificing of the animals at the end of the day.
- We washed elephants in a stream in Malaysia, strolled along the great wall of China, went inside the Kremlin, saw the army of the terracotta warriors, witnessed the healing procession in Lourdes, lived locally for an extended time in Spain, and visited the ruins of Pompeii (Italy) and Ephesus (Turkey).
My only real regret here was missing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The closest I got to see the queen was her image. The first time in Hamleys Toy Shop window made out of Lego:
And then later in Bath, England, I was lucky enough to get my photo next to hers.
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