Tag: France

Yes, I’m Actually STUDYING Abroad…

Travels and adventures aside, I did come to Lyon with the explicit purpose of studying abroad. Today, I figured I’d take some time to describe my academic experience here. The process of studying abroad is quite complicated, and the challenges unfortunately don’t get stopped at border control. When I arrived at INSA Lyon, I immediately ...

Bienvenue à Lyon!

The instructions were simple. Exit the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, find the Rhône-Express train, and get off at the Part-Dieu stop. Charlotte, my French friend, had explained it all to me. “I will be waiting for you there,” she said. “It will be easy to find each other!” There was just one small oversight: it was ...

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Reading Week in Chamonix

Just like at home in the States, the University students in the UK get a break in the middle of the semester. This break was reading week! Reading Week has an actual purpose of giving students a week to catch up on all of their reading and assignments, but for an international student like me, ...

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Heather in Rennes: She’s American

When my group arrived in Rennes, we were presented with a list of the stereotypes that Europeans hold against Americans. The left column, which contained 40 negative stereotypes, filled up both sides of the page. While the right column, which contained positive stereotypes, barely filled one page. After reading the left column, here are the ...

Heather in Rennes: Grève Consequences

As much as I enjoy living in Philadelphia, I have a love/hate relationship with its public transportation system. I love SEPTA, in that it gets me where I need to go, and I hate it in all other respects. It feels like everytime I try to use SEPTA, the buses are running late, or the ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...

Heather in Rennes: Bon Appétit II

Dinner in France In my previous post, I said I believed that French people put a lot of emphasis on the quality of their food, and perhaps it’s for this reason that they like to spend a long time enjoying it. Dinner with my host family can last up to a few hours, which I ...