Study Abroad Series : Bonjour

Study Abroad Series are little flashback narrations of my study abroad experience in Europe.

I had just arrived in France. These were the first days of my whole year in France. I left my layers of jumpers in my hostel room. I had anticipated a much colder summer, however I was surprised by the warmth of French summer that hit my skin, attempting to brown my already tanned skin. Everything excited my eyes: people eating outside, the smell of fresh crΓͺpes, old buildings that probably have existed for hundreds of years, chatters of people in a language I don’t understand. New friends surrounded me, our smiles silently bonded us, sharing a common feeling of being a stranger in a new country. Those were the days I wish never ended.Β 


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  1. This post reminds me of my early days in Europe. I was excited with things around too!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Can’t believe this happened almost 3 years ago! Loved being in Europe and thank you for reading my piece of nostalgia πŸ™‚

  2. So glad you experienced this in your younger years. It really does shape your views and mindset. Love this!

    1. I feel old haha! But yes lucky to have spent some years in Europe, they were the best times!

  3. I often regret not going abroad to study in college, even for as little as a month. I had plans to do a master in London that seemed perfect at the time, but after a lot of planning and acing some exams to improve my average, I realized I couldn’t afford it. πŸ™ Now, as I’ve just finished a master (thus being officially done with college), I feel too old to start all over again.

    Aaaaaaaaanyway, I love your post and I can’t wait to read what you’ll have to say about your time in Bucharest πŸ˜€

    1. I really enjoyed my study abroad experience and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I totally understand what you mean about having finishing college and feeling too lazy to start again, at least now you have the freedom to travel πŸ˜‰

      1. Freedom, yes. Money, somewhat. Time? With only 20 paid annual leave days, not so much πŸ™ Damn, I’m pretty sure they tricked me into growing up! πŸ˜€

        1. Haha! That’s life ey unless you sell everything and travel the world, oh how I wish money grow on tree!

          1. I would be the best gardener ever if that were the case, haha!

  4. I like this post, it reminds me of when I went to the UK to learn English and I went to college for one year whilst I was staying with an English family. I loved that time, I made so many friends and some of them are for life. Incredible experience! πŸ™‚

    1. Studying abroad is amazing. I was also in the UK for several years but I was still in high school back then, totally different in my second study abroad experience where I had to live by myself and do everything alone, but I had this amazing friends who were always there for me. Awesome!

  5. My favorite photo! πŸ˜€
    This photo was start of amazing friendship … what a coincidence

    1. I can’t believe how “right” this photo is until now! And we took it without thinking on our first night out in Lyon where we just met each other πŸ™‚ so lovely! <3

  6. I have always wanted to study abroad in Paris, but most of the courses I’m interested in are only available in French. I feel so bad.

    1. Ah too bad πŸ™ I understand how you feel, it’s sometimes frustrating to know that the courses you want is in another language. You can always learn French though, it’s a great language and what better way to practise than to be in the heart of it all πŸ˜‰

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