The Coolest Museums in Toulouse

Believe it or not, I did actually try to inject a little bit of culture into my life whilst I was studying abroad. I’ll admit it, I claimed to get most of this culture through discovering the food that was on offer, but in an attempt to prove that I’m not just a greedy, lazy student, I did…

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I predict a riot

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about France since moving here, it’s that they love a good old protest. The French air of defiance has been present ever since I first came here in September when, fortunately for me, student protests and the resulting damage to campus meant that my term started a month later…

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Staying motivated

There’s something about winter that evokes an infectious laziness amongst us. With fewer daylight hours, the need for multiple cosy layers and the indulgence in a whole lot of comfort food, it’s so easy to get lost in a void of procrastination at this time of year. Believe me, I’m currently experiencing it. I have…

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Five awkward moments you experience when learning a language

As anybody who is learning a language knows, the road to fluency can certainly be a rocky one. I used to think that a couple of months in to my year abroad I would have pretty much grasped the French language…oh how wrong I was. Of course, I’m improving, but this idea of plonking yourself…

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Loneliness at university

I have wanted to write this post for a while, if not since I actually began writing my blog a year ago (happy anniversary to me). I wrote in my first ever post that it was my experiences at university which largely drove me to begin blogging in the first place, and university life itself…

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24 hours in Montpellier

After being told multiple times by my Montpellier born-and-bred flatmate that Toulouse is only part of the ‘wannabe’ south of France, I thought I should give his beloved city a visit and test out this theory. One of the best things about everyone on your course doing a year abroad, is that you can go…

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My University Bedroom

I have noticed many advantages of living in an actual house during my second year at university- not least the fact that I am no longer paying an extortionate price for a single-bed, box room with a flimsy mattress and paper thin walls. Don’t get me wrong, living in halls is a great experience, and…

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A Letter to My First-year Self

Hindsight is a wonderful, yet bittersweet thing. Looking back at a situation with a newfound rationality and thinking (somewhat frustratingly) if only I had known that back then. Now that I am a wise old second year*, these moments of hindsight are becoming all the more common. There is so much advice that I would…

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First Thing’s First…

Ever since deciding that I wanted to create a blog, I have been apprehensive at the prospect of writing that introductory post. I had wanted to skip the awkward introductions and dive straight in to my (hopefully) more engaging content. However my better judgement, and the politer version of myself tells me that it won’t hurt to…

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