Bittersweet Goodbyes (Leigh Smalley)

Over the past 4 months, I have come to really love Grenoble, and France in general. At the beginning I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy living here, but I absolutely love it and am really sad to leave. This city definitely suits me and I’m very happy here, so I know that when I am able, I will come back! Here are some of the things that I will miss most about Grenoble though…

- my host family
- the friends I have made
- being able to see the mountains…EVERYWHERE you look
- Miranda (program director)
- being able to walk basically everywhere in about 20mins or less
- not having to drive home after going out at night
- Christmas time & all the lights in the streets and the market
- having my own bathroom
- being able to travel to other countries in a matter of a few hours for way cheaper than flights from and even within the U.S.
- the food (mainly my homecooked meals)
- speaking french on a daily basis
- the architecture
- the cheap wine – here, cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad
- the cheese!
- hiking La Bastille or along the river
- Mezzo di Pasta
- being able to eat crepes pretty much anywhere/whenever
- all the free time
- the fresh fruits/veggies
- free museums

So, for all these reasons and more, I will be back. I’m going to miss it very much next semester and senior year, but I have so many great memories and friends from this experience that I will never forget this semester.

Leigh Smalley is studying abroad in Grenoble, France, at the University of Grenoble III with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS).

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