Shreya's Bucket List

7th period Ahmed

Basic Info:

The things listed below, I will probably do with my sister because my parents aren't dare devil like us :). My mom is very scared of things like this, she doesn't even go on roller coasters in Six Flags. My dad has back problems so probably won't be able to do most of the things listed. Also my sister also takes ice-skating lesson like me (#5 on the list), and she is overall a really fun person to be around, I forgive her for all our arguments and will pay for taking her with me on these very expensive activities. I will hopefully graduate from Harvard and become a very successful doctor so I can pay for these things and many more on my Bucket List.

I will probably go to these places by plane because they are really far from Texas (not that I plan on staying in Texas all me life).

1. Go Hang Gliding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

The main reason I want to do this is to feel the unique sensation of flying like a bird, with a light breeze of tropical air in my face and and being surrounded by the beautiful mountains and beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Hang gliding is an air sport in which a pilot flies a light and non-motorized foot-launch aircraft called a hang glider. Most modern hang gliders are made of an aluminium alloy or composite frame covered with synthetic sailcloth to form a wing. The pilot is ensconced in a harness suspended from the airframe, and exercises control by shifting body weight in opposition to a control frame, but other devices, including modern aircraft flight control systems, may be used.Some interesting facts about Rio de Janeiro:

1.There are approximately 6.3 million citizens residing in the city located in Rio de Janeiro.

2.Rio has a landmark named as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is a statue of Christ on top of a mountain known as Corcovada.

3.The Summer Olympics for 2016 will be hosted in Rio de Janeriro.

Physical weathering occurred here. Erosion (wind and running water) made the beaches, and mountains.

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2. Be part of the Tomatina Festival in Spain

La tomatina is a festival that is held in the town of Buñol in Valencia, Spain, in which participants—about 40,000 of them—pelt each other with tomatoes. It’s held each year on the last Wednesday of August. This festival began in 1945; theories of how it got started include anti-Franco protestors, a fight between friends that escalated, and rough-play that erupted during a parade. Everyone ends up covered from head to toe in red mush! Physical weathering happened here, roots of plants growing into cracks in the sidewalks may put pressure on the surrounding rock, eventually breaking rocks apart as the roots grow. The erosion (rain water) made the plant then grow.
Fiesta time at Spain's La Tomatina tomato throwing festival

3. Sleep in an igloo in Antarctica

How awesome would it be in a dome of ice while being warm and cozy?? Did you know that the snow and ice in igloos work as insulators to trap body heat in the igloo so the people inside act as a furnace by providing their own heat. Physical weathering happens here. Erosion (water and glaciers etc.) occurs after the bergs have emerged into the open, melt and percolation through the weak firn layer bring most of the freeboard volume to the melting point. This then allows ocean wave action.
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4. Go Scuba Diving in Maaya Thila, Maldives

Maldives is a very popular dive site with exotic underwater flora and fauna; and beautiful coral reefs. Since it is isolated from large landmasses, it has seasonal sea currents that pass through new channels to form different atolls which are teeming with rich marine ecosystems. I might encounter fascinating fish species such as wahoo, tuna jacks, dogtooth tuna, butterfly fish, trevally’s and other rare species like the giant Napoleon Wrasse. There are also whale sharks, anemones, eels, manta rays and turtles. Physical weathering occurs here. Erosion by water changes the shape of coastlines.Waves constantly crash against shores. They pound rocks into pebbles and reduce pebbles to sand. Water sometimes takes sand away from beaches. This moves the coastline farther inland.
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5. Do a Triple Axel on the "Blue Pond of Japan"

I am already taking ice-skating lessons at Spirit Ice Arena. I think the triple Axel is the hardest jump to master so I would really like to complete my goal of doing it and to top it of I would like to do it on the "blue pond" in Japan because it is one of the prettiest "rinks" as you can see below and the background would be amazing when I get someone to take a video of me doing it and post it on every social media I have :). The weathering happening here is physical. The erosion happening here is my ice-skates wearing down the ice.

Since this pond freezes in winter, nobody is there during that period that is why no people are present in the pic below. This photograph was taken during the first snow of the season as it fell over the blue pond.

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A Professional Doing a Triple Axel: Some day I hope I can do one just like hers if not better...:)

Mao Asada Tripple Axel