Study Abroad, 3 months in: Likes and Dislikes

 

 

Studying abroad is super exciting don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t until you are actually doing it and living abroad that you can decipher your true likes and dislikes. In life, there are always a little of both. Here are a few of my own likes and dislikes that I have discovered in the short few weeks that I have been abroad:

 

Likes

 

Living in a city

 

I’ve spent my life in the suburbs so to experience a city has been amazing. There is always something going on, people out and about. Every time I walk home at night with the streets lit up I can barely believe that I get to call Bordeaux home.

 

Walkability

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I live in the center of Bordeaux so I’m around a 15-minute walk to shops, grocery store, and the river. There are even all of these right on my doorstep. I literally have a cheese (fromage) shop across from my flat.

 

Lifestyle

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As with any city there are people bustling around at all hours, however the café’s and brasseries are always filled with people taking a three-hour lunch break or an hour with an espresso.

 

Classmates

Within my program there are people from all over the world; being able to hear about their life experiences and compare it to my own has been a highlight of my experience here.

 

Public Transportation

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It’s been so nice not to need a car. Here there are trams, buses and water taxis that arrive regularly and run efficiently. Walking is also a great way to see the city and get exercise!

 

Dislikes

 

Food

 

Let me clarify! I do like the food here, it’s just different and I miss the food from home. Especially spices. French food has flavor but barely uses any spices.

 

3 hour classes

 

I’m in one of these right now and I can barely stay awake. Coffee is bae. We only have 10 classes per course so it makes sense, it just sucks in the moment.

 

Bureaucracy

It takes so long to get anything done. There is an official process for everything and no one knows quite what it is. For example, I applied at received a long stay visa while in the US; but, once I got here I had to register for residence which takes another 2 months in order to verify my Visa.

 

Dollar to Euro Exchange Rate.

 

While the exchange rate does fluctuate the Euro is always stronger than the dollar. This means everything is more expensive than it seems. I don’t really think about it too much

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Regardless of any likes/dislikes, I’ve been loving living in Europe and am so excited to see what is to come for the remainder of my stay!

 

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  1. oh my gosh, a 3 hour class???? that is crazy!

  2. What I wouldn’t give to live opposite a cheese shop! What an awesome experience for you – I had a friend study in France (in Strasbourg, though, quite a way from Bordeaux) and I loved visiting her – though I’m English so it only took an hour or so to fly there. I love the laid-back cafe culture in France, so different from eating your lunch at your desk like in the UK!

    • Thank you! A friend of mine is from there too! It sounds amazing! I love how all the areas of France have their own unique cultures. Here even during the school day we have an hour and a half for lunch. What part of the UK are you from if you don’t mind my asking? I’m going to be in London at the end of December.

      • Definitely – Strasbourg used to be in Germany so it’s really heavily influenced by that – the desserts (and hot chocolate) are out of this world.

        I’m from the north, I’m afraid! Weirdly, I live where Downton Abbey’s set (though it’s filmed down south)in North Yorkshire. London’s incredible in winter – you’ll LOVE it. If you’ve never been before I’d recommend going to the natural history museum, then using gps to get to Harrods – it takes 5 minutes but you pass the most beautiful cottages – then you can walk all the way to Covent Garden and you pass pretty much every tourist spot!

        • Oh thats awesome! I haven’t been before so that sounds like a perfect plan, thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out what I would like to do because there is so much!

  3. What an awesome experience, I’ve always wanted to study abroad and experience it myself. I feel your struggle to stay awake in a 3 hr class, I had a 4 hr class on a Saturday before and I needed two cups of coffee just to stay awake.

    • You should if you are able too! I went with NSE which allowed me to keep my financial aid, it can be a great program! I don’t think I could last in a 4 hour class, good for you! I’m barely making it through my 3 hour ones. lol.

  4. 3 hour class was normal in Prague too

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