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 […]

Read More year abroad :: toulouse

life :: homebird

Picture this: lying in bed at 00:42, thoughts buzzing, happiness overflowing when really, you should be sound asleep. This is how I found myself on Friday night, la dernière soirée before my departure back to my beloved French home. It’s surprising the warmth and the joy I feel toward Libourne every time the dear town […]

Read More life :: homebird

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 […]

Read More year abroad :: au fur et à mesure

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 […]

Read More year abroad :: settled

year abroad :: moments

It’s 20:22 and I’m on a train home back to Libourne. After a long day shopping, I’m worn out, my feet ache and I’ve a rumbling stomach. But what a great week it has been. Plus, how sick is this view of Bordeaux from today – completely unedited too! That’s what you get for replacing […]

Read More year abroad :: moments

year abroad :: ease

So far I am easing back into life here in the South West of France. It’s shocking to think I’ve nearly been back a whole week, and even more scary how soon the end of my ‘year abroad’ is approaching. But in true Anna-style, I’m delaying it until as late as possible. It’s been great […]

Read More year abroad :: ease

year abroad :: bonne année

Happy New Year to you all! I may be a few days late with that one, but as I just arrived back in France yesterday, it felt apt. It was lovely to go home for Christmas and spend time with my family and a few of my friends. I was suitably knackered so spent the […]

Read More year abroad :: bonne année

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 […]

Read More year abroad :: to lose, to find

year abroad :: emotion

A month in now. More than a month. And that just seems crazy. Raging hormones, slight homesickness and just general frustration at life have led me for the second time this week to sitting on a park bench crying. But, I have the best view. The bench overlooks a gorgeous old tree whose trunk is […]

Read More year abroad :: emotion