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  • Choices…

    Life is full of decisions we need to make, and sometimes that’s not easy. Right now, being in the latter stages of my PhD, the big decisions I need to make is “what next?”. “What are my options?”. “What do...

  • Life as a Sciences Po student: New Year's Eve Reflections

    This year I have the exciting opportunity to study at Sciences Po Paris for two semesters. So far it's been a great time filled with making new friends, studying interesting topics, and getting acquainted with the beautiful city of Paris....

  • Year Abroad III – things I’ve learnt whilst on placement abroad

    Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.                                            December, 2016. Bonjour! Last week I returned home after my 3-month-and-a-half placement in Fécamp, Normandy,...

  • Saving money hacks for University

    Dollar, Wonga, Cash, Bucks, Chips, Squids, Dough, Gravy, Loot and Readies. I haven’t gone nutty – these are my favourite slang words for money and ultimately, all I know is that money is short at University. I’m sorry to say...

  • Trick Or Techno

    As I mentioned in my earlier posts, the Mexican approach to life is very laidback and chilled, an ethos I have easily adapted to. I think it’s the constant heat, which is much appreciated, but this combined with my solid...

  • Christmas in Bath: exams, food and friends

    It seems so recently that this whole thing started. A few months ago I was an unsure fresher, and now I’m well and truly swimming at the deep end! Christmas has come around so fast and with it so have...

  • Courir les magasins

    This means to go shopping, but not food shopping. I spent today doing the last of my Christmas shopping and trying to squeeze everything into my suitcase in a way that will keep bottles from breaking. I am going home...

  • S’en prendre à…

    This means to attack someone physically or verbally accuse them of something quite aggressively. For instance you could say to someone “pourquoi tu t’en prends à moi ?” which I suppose technically means “why are you verbally/physically attacking me” but...

  • Un nain de jardin

    I learned this in a French class, and it means Garden Gnome. We are studying an article about stress relief and apparently people in Canada throw garden gnomes around to relieve stress. The French also do the same but then...

  • The Pastis song

    My housemate taught me this when we were talking about how English people drink the cheapest rubbish they can find to get drunk, often burning our oesophagi like petrol or nail polish remover would, whereas the French drink regional specialities...