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Italy
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by Sophie Patman 13-11-2017
Although it might be hard to believe, it can become dangerously easy to forget the principle objective of your year abroad… to improve your language skills! Now I am well aware this sounds bizarre, but as you have probably gathered from reading my blogs, you can easily be swept up in the whole...
Although it might be hard to believe, it can become dangerously easy to forget the principle...
Although it might be hard to believe, it...
France
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France
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by Albany Holbrook 07-11-2017
Meet Kronos and Hermes, looking pretty in the sun. Three weeks ago, my boss left for a holiday in Portugal and I was alone here for 7 days with a lovely but slightly mad French woman. She was a very peaceful and kind breatharian, with some interesting opinions about life and aging. I’m really...
Meet Kronos and Hermes, looking pretty in the sun. Three weeks ago, my boss left for a holiday...
Meet Kronos and Hermes, looking pretty in...
General
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General
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by Ellie Stokes 31-10-2017
Ciao! (Please excuse the mandatory and exceptionally cringe greeting) My name is Ellie and I am in my third year at the University of Edinburgh studying Spanish and Italian, which means that I have begun my compulsory year abroad. To start things off, I went to Peru for 5 weeks of volunteering, something...
Ciao! (Please excuse the mandatory and exceptionally cringe greeting) My name is Ellie and...
Ciao! (Please excuse the mandatory and exceptionally...
France
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France
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by Francesca Puttock 24-10-2017
          In this post, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite parts of living in Strasbourg - proximity to the Institutions. The European Parliament The Parliament is a directly elected body representing voices of the 500 million people in the 28 Member States of...
          In this post, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite...
          In...
France
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France
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by Anna Montgomery 24-10-2017
When I arrived in September, I wasn’t entirely sure what this year was going to be like. But now, having been in the south of France for a month, it’s amazing how easy it has been to allow Avignon to become like home. Although I still miss the grass and green of Ireland - I don’t think...
When I arrived in September, I wasn’t entirely sure what this year was going to be like....
When I arrived in September, I wasn’t...
Italy
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Italy
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by Sophie Patman 24-10-2017
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning to dawn on me that I’ve just about reached the half way point for the first part of my Year Abroad, something which hadn’t even crossed my mind until I looked at my calendar! After the initial first few weeks of dealing with nerves, homesickness...
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning to dawn on me that I’ve just about reached...
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning...
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
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by Beth Allen 24-10-2017
              …this is what my weekends are made up of. With the typhoon season coming to an end, we can now spend our free days exploring Hong Kong’s countryside and so far, I have visited five beaches and done four hikes. The trails here in Hong...
              …this is what my weekends are...
              …this...
France
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France
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by Harriet Cunningham 23-10-2017
                    Bonjour! I’ve been in Limoges for six weeks now and it really has flown by. This week has seen me attend an ice hockey match, have my first experience of a University contrôle (essentially an exam), and my parents...
                    Bonjour! I’ve...
                    Bonjour! I’ve...
Spain
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Spain
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by Evie Elliott 23-10-2017
Among the many obvious differences between Spain and England - the sun, the sand, the blue skies - here are six of the more subtle cultural distinctions that I’ve noticed during my first few weeks in Spain. 1. Ps & Qs:
 On a daily basis I say ‘gracias’ and ‘por favor’...
Among the many obvious differences between Spain and England - the sun, the sand, the blue...
Among the many obvious differences between...
France
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France
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by Eloisa Payne 20-10-2017
Salut! It is obvious that when you set foot in a country that you have never lived in before for your year abroad, you are confronted with the fact that your language ability is definitely not as good as you thought it was prior to going. Having lived in Lyon for nearly 7 weeks now for the first half...
Salut! It is obvious that when you set foot in a country that you have never lived in before...
Salut! It is obvious that when you set foot...