I’ve had a very good life. I have parents who weren’t afraid to take chances, and I married a man with a boundless sense of adventure. Both have left me feeling that it’s good to try new things. At Amanda’s (Expat Life With a Double Buggy) urging, I’ve created an expat reverse bucket list – taken stock of all the things I’ve done and accomplished since Ed and I began our expat journey in Poland.
As exciting as all of this has been, you know what it’s left me thinking? That there is so much of my own country that I haven’t seen. This could quickly turn into a Bucket List, but that’s not the intention. Join me as I remissness about the things I’ve done since moving to Poland. I hope it will inspire you to look for and appreciate adventures where ever you may be.
- Eaten at Poland’s first and only Michelin starred restaurant
- Zipped around Paris on a Segway
- Become adept at taking public transportation
- Attended the international mass at Notre Dame on Easter Day
- Learned to cook countless Polish recipes
- Driven through the Alps
- Toured the Pilsner Urquell brewery
- Learned to love rillettes in the Loire Valley
- Made many new friends, Polish and other expats from all over the globe
- Met so many nice people through my blog – some virtually, some in person
- Been interviewed multiple time by Polish media
- Eaten smalec
- Served as a Host City volunteer during Euro 2012
- Taken up bicycling again after a 15 year hiatus
- Spent a month in a Polish hospital, at my husband’s bedside, so thankful to say he survived sepsis
- Learned a lot of history
- Seen new wildlife – a hedgehog, hares, a wild boar, and storks
- Have found a favorite wine bar in Munich
- Been to the top of the TV tower in Berlin
- Found out that it takes me about 24 hours to get home in an emergency
- Had my wallet stolen in Krakow’s Stary Rynek
- Watched Hertha Berlin play in the historic Olympic Stadium
- Learned a lot about European football
- Fallen asleep to the sound of the Spree River
- Lost 20 pounds, post-menopause!
- Cycled through the English Garden in Munich
- Been annoyed by the bad service at the Haufbrauhaus
- Been to the Baltic Sea
- Eaten blood sausage
- With Ed’s help, collected enough airline miles to upgrade to business class, once!
- Seen the famous Danube
- Made flavored vodkas
- Dined al fresco in Prague with a view of the Charles Bridge
- Climbed to the top of the Berliner Dom
- Saw Paul McCartney perform in Warsaw
Check out what some other expats have to say about their time abroad via the link below. What would you put on your reverse bucket list???
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she connects readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the USF. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.