year abroad :: fini

Coucou mes amours, l’année en France est finie. Franchement, je suis prête pour revenir à mon pays natal avec l’énergie et viveur, connaissant moi-même mieux, et ayant commencé à grandir. I am so happy. This year could not have been better; I simply couldn’t have asked for more. Heck, it hasn’t been perfect but it…

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year abroad :: pace

It’s a lonely, breezy Tuesday and I’m lay on what me friends call the “platans” area of the quay on Bordeaux. I can’t lie, it’s pretty ‘chill’ and the two gigantic cruise liners are fantastically majestic. After last week, which was a lot of fun I must admit, I’m knackered - and a moment to…

year abroad :: toulouse

Determined to see more of France, I hastily reserved an Airbnb in one of France's major cities. For an entire week... Of all my time spent in France (literally since birth), I have visited Dordogne, Rouen, Normandy and Paris and of course, have lived in Libourne, therefore spent time in Bordeaux too. Oh, and Arcachon…

year abroad :: au fur et à mesure

Petit à petit, peu à peu*, whatever you want to call it...I'm happy to announce that my French is improving. I'm slightly wary of stating that with too much excitement, especially as not a day goes by where I don't use wordreference.com - my absolute language-learning best friend. But, I do feel that French is finally coming…

year abroad :: settled

Once again it's Sunday, and I find myself on a train back to Libourne. Church this afternoon/evening was charming, and it warmed my heart I be there after about 6 weeks of not being able to make the journey. With a preach on 'Faith and Freedom' with reference to Hebrews 11:23-29, tonight really struck a…

year abroad :: to lose, to find

If things couldn’t get any more infuriating here in Libourne, I woke up on Friday morning with five mosquito bites. I went to bed knowing full-well that one was flying about my room, but it of course did not want to be caught. So I left it, and hid under my duvet (which isn’t really…