Tag: France

I Survived (Ashley Wilson)

I SURVIVED MY FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL…kind of. My mind is a little tattered after the first week, a couple of classes left me bind boggled you could say. They speak so darn fast! But I came out un scared. My courses consist of my internship…

Public Transport in Grenoble (Alissa De Valk)

Looking back on my semester in France, I can’t believe how quickly it has gone and how many things I got used to that I know I thought were unusual when I arrived. One of the main things was the transportation system, and everything that goes…

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…

Thanksgiving Dinner … With a French Twist (Leigh Smalley)

So, we were told we would be having an “American Thanksgiving” – with the same foods and whatnot…well, it turned out to be and American Thanksgiving with a bit of a French twist – not bad, just different.  We started with an andive (some random vegetable…

Particularities (Leigh Smalley)

Teachers cancel class and then you have to make it up before the end of the semester… If a teacher cancels a class here, they are required to make it up at some point before the end of the semester. Some of my teachers knew they…

France: University Excursion (Alissa De Valk)

This weekend, I went on a university-planned trip to Côte d’Azur/Nice, Monaco, and Cannes. On the way, we stopped at a market in a little town. I was surprised at how much it reminded me of a market or fair in the U.S. There were stands…

France: Food & Drink, Classroom Experiences (Alissa De Valk)

Food & Drink I’m getting more and more used to the food here, but what I didn’t expect was how different the drinks would be, as well. For example, I haven’t had any milk since the morning I left my house for the airport. This is…

My First 2 Weeks in Grenoble (Alyssa De Valk)

My first two weeks in Grenoble, France have been both amazing and completely overwhelming all at once. I was surprised at how quickly I felt like part of the family. My host parents, Rose Marie and Philippe, and my two teenage host sisters, Sophie and Catherine,…

Wait, That’s All We’re Eating for Dinner? (Leigh Smalley)

Before coming to France, I knew that the French had a different schedule for eating and that they eat much smaller portions than we do in the U.S. Unfortunately, I did not realize how much healthier they eat as well, but I mean I guess that…