It’s goin’ to be a long time gone. But you know, The darkest hour is always, Always just before the dawn.

On year abroad there are lots of things that are difficult: the food (see yesterday’s post), the time difference, the language barrier, the family/friends that you left at home. For many Erasmus students it is the latter that is the hardest. When you are away you almost forget that life continues on as normal at […]

It’s the final countdown

Somehow I leave for France tomorrow. I have no clue where this summer has gone or where the first 2 years of my degree have gone for that matter! Going to live in France was always that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – sounded amazing but I wasn’t ever actually going […]

Take back the city for yourself tonight, I’ll take back the city for me

The old beside the new. One building is part demolished, the bricks strewn across what was once the building’s floor. The neighbouring building has its facade decorated with a mural depicting the Commonwealth games that will be hosted in the city next year. It’s slightly odd seeing the juxtaposition of the two buildings, evidence of […]

Pack it up pack it in, let me begin

So you’re moving to a different country for 9 months or so – what do you pack? There’s the obvious: essential clothes (jeans,t-shirts, sweaters, underwear, pyjamas, sports clothes) normal use shoes (a few pairs of flats, a pair of heels, trainers) hair essentials (straighteners, hairdryer) creature comforts (blanket, books, diary) everyday essentials (towels, bedding) Now […]

Don’t look now but…

There are few things quite as disconcerting as having a seagull stare at you. This may be quite an outlandish statement but it is true. I have stayed by the seaside all my life so for me seagulls are part of the furniture. For this reason I could never appreciate why so many city-dwellers would […]