My (probably useless) advice for a year abroad in France.

Starting with the all important… HYGIENE Be prepared for the lack of toilet seats and the abundance of mixed-gender toilets in public places. BUY A TOILET SEAT (if you’re in halls, IKEA do the cheapest ones) Your quads will be insane after having to squat over so many seatless toilets French deodorant is really not…

A taste of home, without actually going home.

Hello hello bonjour! So, what was I last babbling on about? Probably skiing. Oh, and yes I did finish Breaking Bad. I have since been skiing again several times – Deux Alpes last Saturday was phenomenal, the resort was practically deserted because it was changeover day, so Ciara and I spent the whole day zooming…

Half-way through semester 2 – what?!

In the past week I’ve been skiing again, TWICE – are you surprised? On Thursday I went to 7 Laux and luckily the weather was a lot better this time; beautiful sunshine all afternoon. Then on Saturday I went to 2 Alpes and the resort was practically deserted as it was changeover day (the end…

Adventures: Saint-Quentin and Paris.

So, where shall I start? I braved the French hairdressers and walked out with probably the best haircut I’ve ever had – complete with a new block fringe and healthy hair following a treatment and head massage (aka heaven). Last Thursday morning I headed up to Paris on the train – the fast train only…

Skiing, planned adventures, and yes, a taco.

  Ok it has been too long, maybe some of you are relieved to have a break from my babbling, but for those of you who are avid fans of my babbling (most likely just my mum – mum you do like my blogs don’t you??), I’m sorry this post is a few days late….

Snow and the start of semester 2.

Unfortunately there was only so much lazing around I could do before having to make my own timetable and start lectures again.. so on Monday lessons began, but for a couple of weeks it’s like a ‘testing the water’ period so you can chop and change between lectures until you decide what you really want…

More embarrassing things happened to me.. are you surprised?

The biggest piece of news is that I finally bought ski boots; I used the Christmas money from both sets of my Grandparents to buy them – so thank you Grandma, Grandad, Nana and Grandpa I’m very grateful!! The boots I ended up buying were the ones I set my heart on as soon as…

Christmas, New Year and studying blues.

Long time no see.. or I guess I should say ‘post’ even though it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. I had a lovely 2 weeks at home for Christmas, the time literally flew by though and before I knew it I was back in Grenoble. I only saw about half the people…

Skiing almost-disasters and airport stress.

Last Saturday we went to Les 2 Alpes and it was the first time I’ve skied in 3 years – it was such a great day; Ciara, Evie and I did our own thing on the slopes all day. Only 45€ all in all for a return bus journey to the resort, a day’s ski…

Soyez hyper-vigilant.

Another week has zoomed by in Grenoble, and I can’t believe that my first semester here has nearly come to an end. Only 1 week until I go home for Christmas – crazy! This week has been an exciting one, albeit filled with (attempts at) assignments and revision for big deadlines and exams that are…

Vin chaud and more clumsiness.

The Strasbourg Christmas markets last weekend were beautiful, and Strasbourg as a whole was a lovely city with some really great architecture that’s quite unlike that of any other city I’ve visited due to its Germanic influences. We drank a lot of vin chaud, I mean a lot, tried lots of cool food, and just…