Emma in Euroland

Tea, Cake and Travel: a year abroad in Germany

Year Abroad Bucket List

I have very little idea about what I want to do before I die, other than see the Northern Lights. This makes a bucket list very difficult to write. However, I am already very aware of slowly dwindling time during the year and I feel as though setting out what it is that I want to do will make making the most of my year abroad more straightforward. The plan was largely to just go with the flow and see where the year takes me. This makes a bucket list rather hard to write so I’m sure this initial list will be much revised before I leave. Either way, here it is for now and let me know if you’ve got any more ideas!

1. Go to a beautiful restaurant in Erfurt – On our first night here, Tuesday 2nd October, Ramsey and I went to a stunning Italian in the centre of the city. Even better though, on Saturday 6th October, Amy, Rosie, Caoilte, Ramsey and I went to a traditionally German restaurant. We ate stunning food, soaked in the German atmosphere and awkwardly negotiated the realms of tipping in Germany. Brilliant evening and a must to return to.

2. Visit Berlin

3. Visit 1 friend in different places. – So far: Frankfurt, Naumburg

4. Go to Thuringen Wald I was lucky enough to visit the Thuringen Wald twice, once before Christmas in Lauscha and once after Christmas when I went Tobogganing in Oberhof!

5. Get lost in ErfurtI have done this so many times! I am loving getting lost, deliberately I must say. It is exciting, finding new places and discovering things I might not have otherwise. There’s still much more to see though!

6. Visit 5 German cities other than Erfurt. – Frankfurt (27th-28th Sept, 30th Sept-2nd Oct) – , Cologne (24th Sept), Duesseldorf (28t-30th Sept), Weimar (12th and 13th Oct) , Apolda (20th Oct). More to come I hope!

7. Make some German friends!

8. Write to my old friends.

9. Translate something for TED.

10. See some live music.

11.Receive something [exciting] in the post. – a long awaited card from Mummy with earplugs in certainly fulfilled this 🙂

12. Eat something Thueringen is famous for, e.g. Thueringen Sausage! – My betreuungslehrer bought me a bratwurst to try on Thursday 4th October in between doing endless German admin. It was delicious!

13. Bake gluten-free cakesJodie, Amy and I baked a delicious gluten-free oil chocolate cake for my birthday!

14. Go to the zoo!  – A whole load of the Thueringen assistants went to the zoo on Saturday 6th October. It was a great day, even if it was pretty cold and miserable. The lions getting aggy with the hyenas was certainly pretty exciting!

15. Attend or witness a political demonstration.I witnessed a political demonstration on Saturday 13th October, on my way back from Weimar.

16. Visit the castle at Gotha Amy and I visited the castle the weekend after we got back after Christmas. We were both sad to not be at home but it made us realise all the beauty there is here too.

17. Watch the sunrise over Zitadell Petersberg.I got up super early on Sunday 14th October to fulfull this desire. It was beautiful, awe-inspiring and wonderful. I would do it again a thousand times.



  1. bronyasmolen

    Firstly thank you so much for mentioning me in the blogs you love I’m so pleased! Also well done on your Reader Appreciation Award!

    I am so jealous of your year abroad, I want to visit german properly it is definitely on the bucket list! Watching the sunset sounds amazing. I can’t wait for you to visit Berlin so I can read all about it. You should go this winter so you can see all the christmas markets I hear they are amazing! x

  2. That German restaurant isn’t there anymore! There’s another one which is just as yummy but not as good a dark wood interior across from the Born shop that I went to with my Dad and step-mum though!

    • I saw it was being redone, but I thought it would be the same restaurant! OK, you’ll have to show me next time you’re in Erfurt :).

  3. You’re working your way through the list pretty well! I wish I’d made one on my Year Abroad… I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award for Bloggers, which I’ve written about on my blog here: http://thewell-travelledpostcard.com/2013/04/02/the-liebster-award-for-bloggers/ xxx

    • Thank you so much! I am doing my best to work through it all, but I am quickly running out of time! :). I absolutely love your blog and am honoured that you have honoured me with this award. Thank you!

      • Oh dear – how much longer are you there? Do you have plans to stay abroad over the summer? And that’s no problem, it’s nice to be reminded of what a year abroad is like! I wish I’d started my blog back then… I do have my diaries to look through but I inevitably don’t read them often enough.

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