My Top Ten Firsts of the Trip (So Far)

In no particular order:

1. First time driving on the left

Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

2. First time eating sushi (the real kind, with raw fish)

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

3. First time riding in a tuk-tuk

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

4. First time using crampons

Attaching metal spikes to my feet

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

5. First time drinking sake

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

6. First time riding a motorbike

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

7. First time eating kangaroo and camel

Yulara, Australia

Yulara, Australia

8. First time sailing

Whitsundays, Australia

Whitsundays, Australia

9. First time snorkeling

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

10. First time feeding an elephant

Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

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3 thoughts on “My Top Ten Firsts of the Trip (So Far)

  1. Reminds of:
    FIRST TIMES
    by Joel Mabus

    My first car… was little and yellow and rusty as a bucket, it was
    My first car… my first feel of a real live automobile.
    Fill ‘er up with oil and check the gas,
    Step on the pedal – let everybody pass.
    It didn’t go fast or far; it was my first car.

    My first drink… was down in the basement with my buddies, it was
    My first drink…my first time with a sweet red bottle of wine.
    Taste so funny, just made me grin,
    Laugh so hard till the room began to spin –
    And it wound up in the sink – it was my first drink.

    First times ain’t the best times – Sometimes they’re the worst.
    But if times are gonna get better – There’s always got to be a first.

    My first kiss… was out on the back porch with my neighbor, it was
    My first kiss… my first taste of a teen-age, feminine lip.
    She closed her eyes, I closed mine,
    Our hearts beat fast as our young arms entwined –
    Then her braces chipped my tooth – it was my first smooch.

    My first gig… a nineteen-seventies college-town restaurant –
    My first gig… sing all night for a meal and a ten dollar bill.
    The crowd was loud – they couldn’t care less –
    Just made a lot of noise and stupid-ass requests –
    Alice Cooper was big – at my first gig.

    And if this here is the first time you’ve ever heard me sing,
    Well, stick around – it might get better – First times don’t mean a thing.

    ….except your first times are the coolest!

  2. Love it! I bet that list could be so much longer too. And how fantastic for me getting to share one of those with you!

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