The Ultimate Erasmus Survival Guide: What doesn’t kill you…

...Makes for a really funny story and some great character building, right? Life as an Erasmus student in Paris flying by and it's time to face some facts of how different the reality is to my expectations. Here's a not so brief explanation of what I wish I knew before I started. Feel free to [...]

“Keep your eyes on No 1”

Postcard number 15 of 16 total. "Just keep your eyes on No1". Another encouraging nod from my Grandparents. Their idea of my top priority? "A Good result". Fabulous. Sure thing. Luckily, I've already decided health and happiness is slightly more important to me than acing my second semester. Besides, I can't hold it against them [...]

109 days later

Just like the beautiful carousels along the traditional boulevards, Parisian life swings around quicker than I can keep track. Last week happened to be very negative, with multiple exams and little end in sight. Luckily, positivity has resurged and unlike a fresh baguette, I doubt it will get stale too quickly. Why? I'm looking ahead [...]

It isn’t easy

Before I started this year abroad, I didn’t properly understand how hard it would be. I had lived away from home in Birmingham, feeling this was sufficient preparation for living basically alone in a foreign city (regardless of the fact I often went home for weekends to cuddle the dog & eat free food). I [...]