Oh dear, here we go!
Before embarking on my big 7 month trip to Europe I set myself a few goals that I wanted to achieve. Now today, I’m going to review them and see how well I actually did. I’m not feeling too optimistic guys…
Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more.
-Unfortunately, I don’t think I can tick this one off. While my understanding of French has definitely improved, my spoken French is still abysmal. I can form sentences in my head that I think make sense, but I think it was a combination of nerves that prevented me from actually speaking them aloud. This is still something I really want to improve before I go back.
Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything a go. The only thing I’ve not been able to eat has been chicken feet at Yum Cha. If I was in another country and that was one of their traditional foods I’d totally eat it, at the moment though, not really my cuppa tea. And why 9 foods you ask? Just simply because 9 is my lucky number.
-I’m going to try list down everything I can think of and see if I reached my lucky 9; An array of French dishes but probably only 3 that I haven’t tried before, a couple of French cheeses, Welsh cakes, Yorkshire pudding, British marmite, cow stomach (in a stew), and few more things like sweets, but I don’t think they count, so yay! I can tick this one off! But there wasn’t anything too adventurous I’m afraid.
Make friends with people from at least 5 different countries: I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, especially when I get to university in Cardiff, and meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures will be really interesting and rewarding too.
-England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, United States, Denmark (that’s more than 5!)
Have a spontaneous trip/adventure: While I do have some things planned out, there is still a whole lot of time that I’ve left to “what ifs” and “maybe’s”, so I’m hoping that somewhere in this time slot I can go on some spontaneous trips that I’ve decided on just a few days (hours??) beforehand.
Get a tattoo: Okay, so if Mum reads this she will KILL ME. But for about 4 or 5 years now I’ve really wanted to get a tattoo. Technically I’m old enough to get one without my parent’s consent, but I know how much my Mum doesn’t like them so I’ve refrained from getting anything. Going away though, I’m really set on getting one. So, sorry Mum, it’s going to happen.
-Definitely cannot tick this one off. I think it was a combination of the fear that my Mum would be so mad and also the fact that I preferred to save the money for travel.
Do a blogpost at least every second day: I have a feeling this might be something I’ll find VERY difficult, but I’m hoping that I can create some consistency and a routine of blogging. The hardest thing for me is coming up with ideas, especially now, when I’m not really going anywhere or doing anything exciting.
-Wow, I definitely set the bar high here. It is definitely not something I can tick off unfortunately.
Go to a concert/music festival in another country: I know that this is definitely going to be something I will check off my bucket-list.
Go to a theatre production in another country: Do I hear London’s West-End calling my name? I REALLY would love to see a theatre production or musical at the West-End, so keen.
-As much as I wish I could’ve ticked this one off, it was just not meant to be. I was very very close to going to see Swan Lake in Cardiff, but there was a clash with another activity.
Travel to at least 5 NEW countries: This means I can’t include places that I’ve already been. There are of course a whole lot of places I would LOVE to visit, but I think that a whole different list in itself. I’ve done a quick country summary (that needs updating) HERE.
-Short on money, I was unfortunately not able to do as much travelling as I would have liked. England, Wales and Germany were three new countries for me though.
So how well did I do? 3.5/9 ticked off. Very very poor effort. In all honesty I did forget about this bucket list until quite recently, and by then some of these things would have been impossible to achieve. I’m thinking of compiling a list of destinations and activities that I’d like do and achieve in the long-term as well, so it will give me a lot more time to be able to actually achieve them.