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An Update from France!

I have an update from France! Be sure to check it out!

Hello everybody!

It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog, but I have a good reason. I promise!

On January 12th, I boarded a plane and flew to Paris to begin my study abroad adventure. Before that, I was procrastinating the fact that I was leaving the country and I didn’t end up packing until the morning of my flight, but that’s a story for a later post.

We spent a few days in Paris for the orientation and sightseeing, then took a train to Grenoble, where I am currently studying. Studying abroad is such an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to tell all of you about it. I have a list about a mile long of all the upcoming posts, but they won’t be posted until I get back.

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It takes a lot of time to get a post published and since I will only be here for four months, I want to use that time to plan trips, learn about the local culture, try all the food I can, and from time to time study a little. So, while I am super excited to share all of my experiences and lessons learned with y’all, it won’t be until I return.

While I can’t give you the rundown on everything, I’ll share a little bit of what’s been happening since I arrived. When I arrived, our resident director spoke to us only in French and sometimes I would understand only a few words. Needless to say, it was rough. Thankfully, my French has gotten so much better and just the other day, I was able to call three people with customer service for the train company, explain my problem in French, and get the problem solved. I’m still amazed that I was able to do that.

I’ve also done quite a bit of traveling. In France, I spent a weekend in Lyon, went “sledding” in Chamrousse (just google “faire de la luge”, you’ll understand), snowshoed in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, visited the Grotte de Choranche, and explored the French Alps with my host family. For our February break, my friends and I traveled to Brussels and Bruges in Belgium then Berlin and Potsdam in Germany. This weekend my family is visiting (YAY!) and we’ll be skiing in Les Deux Alpes and next weekend I’ll be going to Spain. I already have a trip planned to Ireland and I’m trying very hard to squeeze Italy into my budget (Update: I did it!). With all this traveling, you can expect lots of travel guides in the future!

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If you want to keep up with me and my adventure, follow me on Instagram! I’ve been using my Instagram stories as a sort of journal since I’m not very good about actually writing in mine (oops!). I’m like a week behind at this point so we’ll see when I catch up, if I ever do.

Thank you for following my blog and I can’t wait to tell you all about this amazing adventure!

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