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Bucket List

1. See the Northern Lights
2. Pass my driving test
3. Visit Rome
4. Get published
5. See the seven wonders of the world
6. Get my daisy tattoo
7.See a play at the Globe Theatre
8. Learn to swim
9. Buy a flat
10. Buy my first car
11. Fly in a hot air balloon
12. See an opera
13. See a ballet
14. Do a colour run
15. Compile my family tree
16. Bring my dad back to Italy on holiday
17. Visit the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg
18. Learn a foreign language
19. Learn to crochet
20. Make a blanket
21. Grow a vegetable garden
22. Visit Albert Hall
23. Revisit Utah
24. Take a cruise
25.  Keep a diary for a year

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