First of all, I’m sorry for the gap between my last post and this one. I’ve been kept very busy by uni work, exams, my job and visit from the Bruce family! I loved having my family here. I think Mum and Megan really liked seeing where I walk to the metro and where I … More The time a French four year old told me I wasn’t a princess
Salut! Last weekend I had a visit from Craig and we had such a great time being tourists in Paris! We managed to pack a lot in- a boat tour on the Seine, a trip to Disneyland, a picnic in Tuileries, a climb up the Arc de Triomphe, a walk around the Latin Quarter, and … More Every weekend is a holiday!
Salut! 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. … More I FINALLY have a timetable (for real, this time)
I can’t quite believe how quickly it has come around, but today marks four weeks since Dad and I arrived in Paris, with three large suitcases and nowhere for me to live! It’s been a very stressful month with so much bureaucracy to contend with, but at the moment I’m feeling more or less on … More Mon premier mois est complet!
The explanation of the ‘intensive language and civilization’ course I participated in before the start of classes really should begin in June. I’d read about the ten day course on Diderot’s website and thought it seemed like a really good way to meet new people whilst improving my language skills. At the end of June … More SILC Course
I have brilliant news in that I finally have a timetable! There’s a boulangerie I walk past every day on my way back from the metro and early last week I decided that when I managed to sign up for classes a tarte aux fraises would be a suitable reward! Signing up for classes has been … More Signing up for classes at Diderot
Amongst all the stress of opening a bank account, Dad and I managed to fit in a day at Disneyland Paris! It was so great to have a fun day that didn’t involve French bureaucracy! My parents’ friends had very generously given me euros before I left for Paris. I am happy to report that … More Disneyland!
First of all, I’m not sure that you actually need to open a bank account in France, especially if you’re only staying for one semester. I have a Thomas Cook travel money card, which you can use to withdraw money from ATM and pay with in shops and restaurants. It can be topped up online … More Opening a bank account
I’ve only been to Paris twice before moving here. The first time we did a lot of sightseeing and it was all very touristy. The second time was a less touristy as we wandered around Université Paris 7 Diderot. It’s in the 13th arrondissement which is mainly full of offices and flats. So now I’m here … More A Portrait of Paris
Finding somewhere to live in Paris has been one of the most difficult and stressful things I have ever done. I would like to take this moment to both apologize to and to thank everyone who has listened to me moan and stress about my lack of accommodation, especially my family and Amy and Craig, … More Finding somewhere to live