Where should I go next?…
I was doing some calculation and to my surprise, I have spent 50 months in France in total over all these years. That’s an alarming 15% of my life so I can’t help but ask: where did the time go?
Checking my photo (plus my memory), here’s the answer.
Lille, June 2009, 1 month
Technically this was my second time in France, I spent 2 days in France during my grad trip but that hardly courts, right?
Anyway, in order to prepare myself for Lyon, I joined a summer program in Lille, in the North of France. It was one quick month and my memory of it became a blur now. I did survive afterwards so I guess this month paid off somehow.
Lyon, October 2009 – May 2010, 8 months
To be exact, I didn’t do an exchange program but rather I applied for a suspension for my last year in college. My college had offered me the opportunity to exchange to Paris Sorbonne to study law in French (no, it’s not a joke) so I refused the offer and found my own language school in Lyon.
These 8 months have so far been the best time I have had in France. I met some friends, travelled alone, grew up and fall more in love with France.
Nîmes, October 2011 – February 2012, 5 months
After a year back to reality my home country, I finished my degree and I was once again back to France. A 2.5 years program, it seemed long at that time.
Divonnes-les-bains, March – August 2012, 6 months
To fulfill the requirement of my study, I had my first internship in this little town situated on the border with Switzerland. The intern was no fun at all! And I am 100% city girl and a town this small isn’t for me. I left town and travelled like crazy.
Nîmes, September 2012 – January 2014, 1 year 5 months
Here I was again in Nîmes, gone through 2 semesters and an internship, the longest I have stayed in a foreign city…
Nantes, March 2014 – present, 11 months
After my graduation, I moved to the West of France, Nantes. It has been a hard year, waiting for the séjour and searching for a job.
But here I am, ready to turn the page and get on with the next journey.