A year after the referendum

Three years ago, I was living in sunny Vienna. As I grow older, my memories of times and places merge into a sense of feeling. These memories feel deeply personal and yet, oddly detached. When I think of Vienna, I remember the incessant summer heat and numerous nightclubs, severe depression and waking up at 3pm …

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Things I’ve googled since moving to France

As I am leaving Strasbourg in two weeks (Time flies doesn't it?!)  I am gearing up to write some  non-listy, serious articles for you.  I will FINALLY tackle a city review and talk about the Christmas markets, as well as do a guide to French universities.  If there is anything else you would like me …

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Mistakes I’ve made in French

I've been living in Strasbourg in France for almost three months now and still haven't quite got the lingo down to pat.  My biggest struggle recently is differentiating between similar  sounding words. Why do VERY different words sound familiar?! And, conversely, why do similarly spelled words sound so different?! (Just think of 'Through' and 'thorough'  …

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What to do when you don’t understand French and you live in France

I am currently living in Strasbourg as part of my Third Year Abroad, and have to say I've learned a jolly lot.  Here is my handy guide to ex-pats, erasmus students and au pairs who are now living with the cheese eating surrender monkeys... 1)  Don't know what the shop assistant is saying?  Just say …

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