During my time in Europe, I was able to learn a lot about French culture, French foods, and of course French grammar. What I could not have guessed, was that during my time abroad I have also learned a fair bit about Canadian culture, and to be specific, its contrast with the culture and language … Continue reading What happens when 2 Canadians and 2 Americans try to communicate for 9 months
I have to say that this amour came unexpectedly. My first time in Europe, I only rode with you once, from Lille to Bruxelles. The experience was like none other, but I did not have the confidence at that time to do it again. Fast forward three years, and I dare say I’ve matured. Returning … Continue reading A love letter to trains
Sophie (my Glendon roommate in France) and I have thought long and hard about making this. A list of things we would have liked others to tell us before we made the jump to exchange. We have the courage to write this list because we passed all of our classes first semester, even if we … Continue reading 25 Tips for Surviving & Succeeding in French Universities
La vie d’un étudiant can be quite demanding. When you are naturally a self-made busy bee like I am, sometimes it can be hard to say no when the responsibilities and commitments start piling on. Throughout my past years at Glendon and my last year of highschool, I have found that the beginning of a … Continue reading One-Word 365: Prioritize
A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to have the trip of a lifetime. My dad came to France on a Europe trip - and his first spot on the map may seem a little unusual for some. It was Caen, France. Caen is located in the region of Normandy in France, and the … Continue reading Tribute to the ones who made the True North, Strong & Free.
In my completely honest opinion, Bordeaux needs to be the topic of more travelling conversations. Yes, it is a little far from Paris (about 600km away), but if you are one of those people who think of vineyards, good wine, (affordable!) shopping, Chateaux and historical monuments, Bordeaux is also the place for you! Allow me to … Continue reading Bordeaux (Bord-woah)
The first time I saw the Château... I just could not get over the size. I think once you see it everyone will remember the first time they saw it. I wanted to visit, but not on a weekend. I knew that I needed this place to myself. So when a sunny Thursday came around, … Continue reading La visite au Château d’Angers
It has been a crazy month here getting settled into my new apartment, with my new (glendon) housemates and my new school! While I finally have my courses figured out (holy moly!) there is still the awful thing of the classrooms changing complete buildings every week, sometimes not even telling you there has been a change … Continue reading Getting settled into a vie en Rosé et Ratatouille (& visit à Rennes!)
But Nicole... I'm a student! Just because you are a student in Ontario (where tuition is usually $7k ⬆️/year for University..), does not mean that you should cast all your travel dreams aside. When did you start traveling? After a year in between High School and Glendon where I spend 9 months in Lille, France … Continue reading Tools for Traveling on a Budget!
In two days I leave for Angers, France where I'll be doing my year of exchange at UCO. And I have come to the official conclusion that packing light is a myth.