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October 19, 2010

10, Out of 10!

THE VICARIOUS ADVENTURER’S “TEN, TOP 10 LIST”:
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It’s been well documented that our memory works in an unfathomable amount of different ways. However, there are two of which that are said to affect the memory the most - One, by immersing yourself and participating in the event that is simultaneously unfolding, and by - Two, distancing yourself from the immediate action that is unfolding and experiencing it as though an “observer” of that experience.

Now, it’s also true that either one equally creates billions on neuronic synapsis that assist in the brains ability to recall certain memories should the correct synapsis occur once again, but whether or not one type of experience creates a “stronger” memory of the event is completely dependent upon the individual encountering that experience.  

Wow! We know, it’s a healthy dose of scientific jargon that barely makes sense even to us over here at the VicariousAdventure.com, but nevertheless, it somehow works out to be true regardless if it makes its way through our lobes of our brain or not. Hopefully that thought won’t find you too uncomfortable.

Anyway, over the past decade the VicariousAdventure.com has amassed a list of considerable international experience.  Weather those experiences incorporated either one of the two memory building functions excruciatingly discussed above, at this point is quite worthless.  Perhaps that may make you wonder why we even decided to bring it up in the first place, right?  Wrong!  For the most part it’s no wonder how the vast majority of our “TEN, TOP 10 LIST” selections came precisely from those places in which we took the most active participation possible in the creation of those experiences and hence, the longest lasting, most positive memories!!
For those of you who know “This Crazy Blogger” will find it as no surprise, that at long last he has taken stock of his own own life, his own adventures, his own experiences and the memories he created along with them and neatly categorized them in an orderly list for all his endearing readers to see.
Please enjoy, please disagree, please feel free to add or delete...But above all, make your own list!  Don’t just read other people’s lists in a magazine, newspaper or even ours...Go out there! Experience life! And from that, create your own damn “Top 10 List” today!!
  THE VICARIOUS ADVENTURER’S
“TEN, TOP 10 LIST”:

#1 - BEST COUNTRIES:

Ode To France (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - France (Europe)
2 - Mexico (North America)
3 - Brazil (South America)
4 - Italy (Europe)
5 - Bolivia (South America)
6 - Morocco (Africa)
7 - Greece (Europe)
8 - Argentina (South America)
9 - Malaysia (Asia)
10 - Costa Rica (Central America)

#2 - BEST BIG CITIES:

Beach/City Combo Like No Other In The World (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
2 - Paris (France)
3 - New York (USA)
4- Prague (Czech Republic)
5 - Singapore (Singapore)
6 - Honolulu (USA)
7 - Venice (Italy)
8 - Barcelona (Spain)
9 - Rome (Italy)
10 - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

#3 - BEST SMALL CITIES:

Mystical Charm (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 -  Valparaiso (Chile)
2 - Colmar (France)
3 - San Juan (Puerto Rico)
4 - Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia)
5 - Taxco (Mexico)
6 - Oia (Greece)
7 - Coroico (Bolivia)
8 - Essaouira (Morocco)
9 - Florence (Italy)
10 - Monte Carlo (Monaco)

#4 - BEST ISLANDS:

Go Ahead, Beat This! (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - Santorini (Greece)
2 - Kauai (Hawaii)
3 - Perhentian (Malaysia)
4 - Buzios (Brazil)
5 - Ko Pi Pi (Thailand)
6 - Florionopolis (Brazil)
7 - Culebra Island (Puerto Rico)
8 - Siesta Key (Bahamas)
9 - Mabul Island (Borneo)
10 - Roatan (Honduras)

#5 - BEST BEACHES:

Sun, Sand & Dreams (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - Zipolite (Oaxaca, Mexico)
2 - Kee Beach (Kauai, Hawaii)
3 - Balandra (Baja California Sur, Mexico)
4 - Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
5 - Maya Bay (Krabi, Thailand)
6 - Porto Seguro (Bahia, Brazil)
7 - Punta del Este (Maldonado, Uruguay)
8 - Red Sand Beach (Maui)
9 - Nice (Alpes-Maritimes, France)
10 - Coney Island (New York, New York)

#6 - BEST EXPERIENCES WITH NATURE:

Beating Heart (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - Foz do Iguaçu (Paraná, Brazil)
2 - Salt Flats of Uyuni (Potosi, Bolivia)
3 - The Patagonia (Chile/Argentina)
4 - Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona)
5 - Palenque Jungle & Ruins (Chiapas, Mexico)
6 - Rurrenebraque Amazon Tour (Beni, Bolivia)
7 - Les Deux Alpes (Savoie, France)
8 - Antelope Canyon (Navajo Land, Arizona)
9 - Kalalau Trail (Na Pali Coast - Kauai, Hawaii)
10 - Scuba/PADI Certification (Roatan Island, Honduras)

#7 - BEST HOLIDAYS CELEBRATED ABROAD:
Celebration #1 (Jason Schwary)
1 - New Year’s Eve - 2009 (Zipolite, Mexico)
2 - New Year’s Eve - 2007 (Pucket, Thailand)
3 - Halloween - 2003 (Buzios, Brazil)
4 - New Year’s Eve - 2004 (Caravelas, Brazil)
5 - Easter - 2009 (Santorini, Greece)
6 - Christmas Eve - 2009 (Taxco, Mexico)
7 - New Year’s Eve - 2003 (Potosi, Bolivia)
8 - Carnival - 2004 (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)
9 - Christmas Eve - 2004 (Florionopolis, Brazil)
10 - Thanksgiving - 2003 (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)

#8 - BEST ROAD TRIPS:
Headed In The Right Direction (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - Los Angeles, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2010)
2 - Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Buenos Aires, Argentina (2003)
3 -Los Angeles, California to New York, New York (1999)
4 - Los Angeles, California to Moab, Utah (2009)
5 - Los Angeles, California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1994)
6 - South America (Bolivia/Chile/Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil - 2005)
7 - Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, Canada (1986)
8 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Freeport, New Hampshire (1992)
9 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California (1996)
10 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Miami, Florida (1995)

#9 - BEST CULTURAL EXPERIENCES:

Really, Super, Special (Jason Schwary)
1 - Home-Stay with Bolivian Family for Three Months  (Cochabamba, Bolivia)
2 - Working with ASHOFRUT for Two Years (Santa Cruz, Bolivia)
3 - Mining Expedition (Potosi, Bolivia)
4 - Machu Picchu (Peru)
5 - South America World Cup, Final Match (La Boca, Argentina)
6 - Camel Trekking (Sahara Desert, Morocco)
7 - Carnival (Oruro, Bolivia)
8 - Six Months Spent Abroad In Europe
9 - Four Months Spent Abroad In Mexico
10 - Mabul Island, Borneo

#10 - BEST CITY PANORAMAS:
Batteries Already Included (Photo: Jason Schwary)
1 - Empire State Building (New York, USA)
2 - Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
3 - Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles, USA)
4 - Kuala Lumpur Tower (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
5 - Torre Mayor (Mexico City, Mexico)
6 - Duomo Tower (Florence, Italy)
7 - Edifico Italia (San Paulo, Brazil)
8 - Leaning Towers of Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
9 - Sears Tower (Chicago, USA)
10 - Lookout Point (La Paz, Bolivia)

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