Friday, November 16th, 2012

Les vacances à Paris et à Nice

Every time I see a post on Facebook about Thanksgiving break, I sort of get a little sad. Here in France, we (clearly) have no Thanksgiving and thus no Thanksgiving break. On the bright side, our little BEF group is having our own Thanksgiving and despite having no Thanksgiving break, we did have a 10-day vacation at the end of October. As I mentioned before, I spent mes vacances in Paris and then in Nice. Sarah and I left Thursday afternoon for Paris where we stayed with our friend and Bucknell alumni, Caroline, who got a job in Paris after […]

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Culture Shock

Friday marks the halfway point of my semester here in France. WOAH. Part of me is happy and part of me is sad (okay I’m mostly sad), but it is what it is. So I figured I’d explain some of the cultural differences here in France since I’ve been here long enough to express some sort of informed opinion. Of course, these are just my impressions of just the small snapshot of people I’ve met and seen in France, so take it with a grain of salt. Clothing. French people tend to dress way, way, way more conservatively than we […]

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Châteaux, Boats & Birthday Parties

Salut mes amis !  So this weekend was our visit to Chenonceau, one of the most celebrated châteaux of the Touraine area and of France. As you can see in the pictures, the castle is built over the river and we had the chance to take a boat along the river and under the castle which was so many levels of cool. Sunday was Sarah’s birthday so on the boat, Madame Fazelly and Professor Gosson prepared a little birthday celebration for us, complete with delicious French pastries (obviously). After the boat, we went to a a little shop where this […]

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Cathedrals, Beaches & WWII: La Normandie

I’m starting to believe that time in France moves faster than it does in the US. It’s already October and I’m already over 1/4th of the way through my semester here in Tours. It’s pretty bittersweet; some moments I feel like I never want it to end, others I’m missing my life at home. In any case, I’ve been up to lots of fun things here in Tours. All of my classes have officially started. I’m taking Fundamental Liberties (my political science class at the law campus), English to French translation, French to English translation, DELF prep, German, Italian, and […]

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Tours, France – Nightlife edition

Bonjour tout le monde !  So now that we’ve been here long enough to have some free time to explore, we finally got to go out and see Tours at night. As responsible students, we didn’t go out and party hardy (or do anything unsafe or stupid), but we did enjoy being able to sit at a bar and go to a club to dance! This next picture is in front of the fountain by l’Hôtel de Ville. Okay, so we may or may not have actually been allowed to get that close to the fountain…don’t tell anyone. We walk […]

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Monday, September 10th, 2012

It’s been two weeks already?!

Bonjour tout le monde !  Today marks exactly two weeks that I’ve been in Tours and I am ridiculously in love with France! These past two weeks have flown by unbelievably quickly, but that’s probably because we’ve been busy busy busy. We spent our first week taking a class at l’Institut de Touraine, a school that specializes in teaching French to students from all around the world. There are two students from l’Institut who live with my host family and I: Irène and Charles. Irène is from Mexico and Charles is from Taiwan. I love having other international students in […]

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

And off we go!

Salut mes amis!  It’s the night before I leave for France and I’m in disbelief. I’ve been waiting to go to France for most of my life and I’ve been planning my semester with Bucknell en France for two years now, so it feels so unreal that it’s finally happening. Anyway, it’s midnight and I can’t sleep, which I expected, even though I have to be up at 7 or 8 to get ready and get to the airport in time. I’m sure the excitement will make up for how tired I am tomorrow. I also am terrible at flying […]

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Monday, August 6th, 2012

À propos de moi / About me

So it’s August 4th which means I leave for Tours, France in exactly 20 days. I can’t even really believe that myself but now that my countdown to France is almost in the teens, I’m officially kicking myself into over-drive trying to accomplish everything on my pre-France to-do list (like cleaning my room and packing and a bunch of other tedious things). The fun part of that to-do list (which obviously means it’s the only part that is done so far…oops) is introducing myself on here and writing my first blog post. I’m Nicolle. Until coming to Bucknell, I spent […]

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