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  • 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...

  • Looking after yourself at university

    I recently spotted this meme on social media: This got me thinking about mental health and the way we think about it as a society. I’m not sure you can compare having the same mental health problem as someone to simply...

  • Aigneau

    This I already knew but I’m putting it here because it was a new word to my boyfriend who ordered it thinking it was beef but it was actually lamb. But everything in this country is delicious (plus he is...

  • Dégrés

    I learned today while drinking copious amounts of wine with my housemate and boyfriend that in French you don’t say what percentage an alcohol is, you say rather how many degrees it has. I also made a lasagne today and...

  • It's Christmas Time

    The past few weeks have gone by in a blur and now it is time to break up for Christmas! I, like my flatmates, seem to be somewhat more excited for Christmas this year than any time in the past....