20. Bet in the “Sport of Kings” – Horseracing
According to Wikipedia, horseracing is a popular spectator sport in Great Britain, with hundreds of years of unique heritage. The two main forms of horseracing are: unobstructed distance races, known as flat racing, and races over fences or over hurdles, known as National Hunt racing.
It wouldn’t be called the sport of Kings for nothing, right? And because of that I swear that when I get to UK, I will not only become a spectator but I will also bet like a King. (Baka wala na akong pera pagbalik sa Pinas…lol… Disclaimer: Kids, it’s OK to bet once in a while. Basta wag lang palagi ha. Mauubos pera ninyo nyan.)
19. Learn how to play Cricket
This is something new/old that I want to learn. The first time I saw this sport, I immediately associated it with American Baseball due to its similarity. Later on I realized that they are completely different. Thus, I want to know the difference by personally giving it a shot.
18. Become a fan of Rugby Football
I’m NO fan of Rugby but I want to give this sport a chance. Who knows, I might become one of its legion of fans after seeing it live.
My friend Mica, of Senyorita.net, was the one who gave me that “Hey, did you know that Rugby originated from Rugby, Warwickshire?” statement. Her family lives there and just by hearing her stories made me curious about the place and eventually the sport itself. It would be nice to try Rugby from where it all started.
17. Go back in Time in the British Museum
According to Wikipedia, the British Museum, in London, is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. And it is free for all visitors… Need I say more?
16. Be amazed at the Architecture of the Churches in England
Though I’m no longer a Catholic, I’m always fascinated at the sight of the intricately designed churches built hundreds of years ago. And England is just home to popular churches such as the Durham Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, York Minster, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, just to name a few.
These churches are the end-results of the collective effort of free masons from the past. And I can only wonder how they did it. These marvels should be captured through film and that is what I intend to do.
15. Visit the stadiums where the 2012 Olympic Games were held
I’ve been dying to go to UK this June to watch the Olympics but due to monetary and visa restrictions, I may have to settle in watching the games on TV. And when I get to visit the stadiums next year, I’ll just have to re-live the moment and imagine that it’s 2012 all over again. It doesn’t make sense, right? I know…
14. Experience Magic in the new Harry Potter Themed Park
Oh boy, here goes the geeky side of me…
I have to admit that I am a fan of both the books and the films. And yes, I’ve read all seven books and watched all eight movies. I even have all of its DVDs courtesy of my family in UK except for the last two films.
Every time I read the books, my mind would automatically withdraw itself from reality and wander around Hogwarts for hours. This magical world just brings out the kid in me. Thus, it would be fun to experience the magic right where they filmed it.
13. Sit in one of the classes in the University of Oxford
I want to experience the learning environment of the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s just a stone’s throw away from our house in Oxford.
12. Take a bath in The Roman Bath at Bath
I’m just kidding. I’m not going to take a bath in the Roman bath at Bath because the water is not safe according to Wikipedia. Rather, I want to see where people from ancient times took a bath. They also have a few interesting collections in their museum so I’ll better check it out. After the Roman Bath tour, I’ll take a dip at the nearby Thermae Bath Spa and just relax.
11. Wear a Knight costume while riding a horse
This must be the craziest thing I’ll ever do in UK!
Add a castle in the background and it will be like one of those Knight movies I’ve watched when I was a kid. Yes, when I was younger I wanted to become a Knight, not just your ordinary Knight but a Knight who is also a King. And this, my friend may be the closest thing I’ll ever get to becoming a Knight or a King. (pagbigyan nyo na po ako. Hahaha)
How about you? What do you want to do when you get to UK?
To be continued…
Note to Kids: Kids, this is me setting a goal for 2013. First, you have to know WHAT you want for you to GET what you want. Second, you have to know WHY you want it. And lastly, you have to PLAN to make all these a reality.
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