Tag Archives: france

“Pardon, monsieur”

Yesterday, I ran into one of the French presidential candidates on the sidewalk. I mean this literally: I was leaving my apartment, looking at my phone as I tried to get Spotify to load, when I accidentally bumped into someone … Continue reading

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The Art of Actually Studying Abroad

When you think of study abroad, ironically, the first thing you think of is rarely the actual classwork. Study abroad is an “experience” – it’s living in a new country and learning its customs and language, travelling a ton, meeting … Continue reading

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Writing It All Down

I am so incredibly nervous. I left DC almost a month ago now to fly home to Dubai, where my parents live. I’ve lived abroad most of my life, growing up in Turkey and moving around the Middle East until … Continue reading

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In Transition

“Oh my gosh, you’re back! Tell me about it.” I open my mouth, I hesitate, and no words come out. How can I succinctly explain what being abroad was like? Where do I start? How do I talk about France … Continue reading

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La famille

While I love the french cuisine, my favorite part of my study abroad experience thus far surpasses even the best cheeses. Living with a host family has been a unique gift filled with insight and comfort as I discover the … Continue reading

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A Foodie in France

In the land of baguettes and an entire course of cheese between dinner and desert, France is a magical gift for a foodie like myself. However, no matter how good the food is, adjusting to how and when we eat … Continue reading

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The Oddities of the French School System

As an American student, I have a very distinct idea of what school looks like. However, after just over three weeks here in Strasbourg, I have discovered that not only are french classes different in language but in approach, structure, … Continue reading

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Just Say Yes

I have been in Strasbourg for a week but it feels like an eternity. Today was the first day of classes for me, however, I won’t start a full schedule until next week. With an entire week to explore the … Continue reading

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Have Fear, Will Travel

“Aren’t you scared to go somewhere so far away all by yourself?” This is a question I’ve heard before. The summer between graduating High School and coming to the Hill Top, my family, friends, and strangers at the groccery store … Continue reading

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When Your Flight “Aller Simple” Isn’t So Simple

“Are you sure you can get into the country with a one-way ticket?” When my mum initially asked me this question two days before my flight was scheduled to depart, I brushed off her concerns. She asked what seemed like … Continue reading

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