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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!