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A List of Adventures


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I’m a listmaker. It’s ok if you’re not, but here’s a list-making activity that I hope almost everyone can get behind.

  1. First, come up with a category of thing that exists in your city. It could be parks or pizza joints, concert halls or city council members.
  2. Now make a list of all the things that fit in that category: Jenny’s Pizza and Vivaldi’s Pizzeria and don’t forget The Leaning Tower of Pizza.
  3. Next, push it farther. What about the pizza shop that someone told you about one time but you forgot to visit up until this point? What about the pizzeria on the south side of town that you’ve never been to? What about the pizza place that got written up in the paper last year? Write these ones down too.
  4. Next step: Go! Begin your journey through the list. You can start with the familiar places/people/things and work your way to the new ones. You can skip the ones you’ve already been to and jump right into the adventurous options. You can bring a friend along. You can snap photos. You can tweet it or Facebook it or you can skip all the shenanigans and just have your experience in peace.

Maybe for you this is about finding the best version of something. Perhaps it is a way of exploring your city with a purpose. Or maybe it’s about the pleasure of being able to cross everything off a list and sit back, satisfied that you accomplished something in its totality. Personally, I’m concocting an NYC bakery list that’s got me pretty excited. So far I’ve eaten a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery. Next up: I’m thinking a visit to Momofuku Milk Bar is in order.

Let me know what sort of lists you’re making. What urban adventures are you planning for the fall?

And in case you were wondering, the photo on the left is a corned beef sandwich at County Clare Irish Inn in Milwaukee, WI, and on the right we’ve got corned beef hash at Benji’s Delicatessen, also in Milwaukee. Those were delicious times.


4 thoughts on “A List of Adventures

  1. Amazing idea. I’ve been trying to tackle a visit to all the parks in Toronto. But now I’m also expanding that to privately-owned public spaces! Planning on making a beautiful map of it too! A pizza list sounds much more exciting though…


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