A Visit to Amsterdam

Salut à tous! Last weekend I got to visit somewhere I’ve wanted to go for ages: Amsterdam! One of the best things about living in continental Europe is how much cheaper/easier it is to travel and I’m keen to make the most of this opportunity.  This weekend, which we only booked a couple of weeks ago, … More A Visit to Amsterdam

The time I got to be a tourist (et c’était merveilleux)

Bonjour bonjour bonjour, This blog post is going to be pretty light on the reason I’m actually here (eg studying for my degree/learning how to be French).  Instead, if you’d like an insight into the fabulous time I’ve had pretending to be a tourist with some of my favourite people over the past few weeks, … More The time I got to be a tourist (et c’était merveilleux)

Université Paris Diderot: What I’ve learned about French unis so far

Life at a French university was always going to be an experience… Organisation All the rumours were true, the organisation at Paris 7 is pretty poor.  I had an inkling of this before I arrived, when I was told ‘we don’t know when our first semester start date is’ in June (eg less than 3 … More Université Paris Diderot: What I’ve learned about French unis so far

Bonjour, Bruxelles

I’m down to less than three weeks ’til it’s home time! I’ve got three exams next week, four exams the week after and then I’ll be on a plane back to Edinburgh, ready to be welcomed at the airport just like in a Christmas film (I’m thinking more Love Actually than Christmas with the Kranks, s’il … More Bonjour, Bruxelles

13 weeks (and 4 and a bit til I’m home for Christmas!)

Salut! I’ve now been here for almost thirteen weeks- I can’t believe it!  Paris is now cold cold cold, and so I’ve bought two snoods (both of which I thought were scarves at the time of purchase) and I’ve had to put my heating on (Bertrand the property manager suggested this wouldn’t be necessary but his cold … More 13 weeks (and 4 and a bit til I’m home for Christmas!)