After all the excitement of having a timetable, it didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d hoped. I’d been told I could only take one class for international students (as opposed to two) and my medieval lit class turned out to be three long torturous hours with a teacher ranking at 0 on the empathy scale. I’ve since changed my timetable, as I had a gap to fill and I didn’t really see any point in sticking with a class I wasn’t keen on if I had an option to change. I’m now taking another two French linguistics classes, both of which seem interesting and manageable- hooray! I’ve also got no classes on Fridays which gives me a three day weekend- the only way the French uni system has benefited me so far!
Naturally I had to celebrate this new, updated finalized timetable so I took a wee trip to Sephora- what better way to celebrate than with a new nail polish? The Sephora is literally five minutes from uni; this seemed great when we visited in April but I feel it could be dangerous!
This week I made an exciting discovery. There’s a British section in my local G20 supermarket! I have no idea where G20 ranks in comparison to other supermarkets in France, only that it’s cheaper than Monoprix and slightly more expensive than Carrefour (my fave). It’s nestled away next to the Chinese food and the shampoo and it has a wee selection of food from back home. I tried to take a quick photo- it’s a bit out of focus because the woman who was stacking the shampoo told me off (who knew there was a no photos in the supermarket rule?) but I think you get the idea- biscuits, marmalade, soup, HP Sauce! I left G20 a much happier Lisa with a packet of Jacob’s cream crackers and a tin of Heinz baked beans!
Before I go, I thought you might like to see what Diderot looks like. It’s in the 13th and is down by the Seine.
It isn’t too bad, and some of the buildings are nice and new inside- it’s really just Halle aux Farines (in the second picture) which is windowless and a bit grim! It’s really missing a student union type building though- there’s nowhere to go between classes like I would go to Teviot or Potterrow in Edinburgh. It’s alright at the moment, but I’m not looking forward to having to pay 4 euros an hour for a coffee so I can sit in the warmth of Starbucks in winter! It confirms my initial impression of the university being very academically orientated, with little focus on the social aspect the way there is in the UK. The upside is that I have actually been going to the library in between classes to do readings, so at least it may encourage me to be more studious… But who knows, there may even be somewhere that I’ve just not been told about as an Erasmus student!
I like having a routine (variable as it is) and I definitely feel settled now. I love Paris and I do feel incredibly lucky to be able to spend a whole year here. I’ll leave you with a quote from Victor Hugo: “To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!”