Bois de Boulogne: Ladies of the Day!

Posted on 13 October 2017 by Natasha Holmes

Call me naïve, a country bumpkin. Call me what you will. But until today, prostitution was an almost abstract idea. A practice confined to BBC Three documentaries, the windows of Amsterdam and 19th century French literature. One is never really exposed to much of the sex industry in the sleepy border villages of home. When
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Developing sports for Think Pacific in Fiji

Posted on 2 October 2017 by Daniel Ellesmere

Promoting and developing sport in Fiji is a big part of Think Pacific’s aims and has certainly played a big role in our project. From our first full day in the village the children have been involved in sporting activity for around an hour every weekday. With four groups of volunteers and eight year groups taking
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Getting started in Korea

Posted on 11 September 2017 by Mikolaj Mroszczak

Hi everyone, I’m Nick, I am doing Mechanical Engineering in Cardiff and I decided it is a great idea to spend half of the year in the extended range of North Korean artillery. So far, it is great, even though a nuclear trial triggered some F-17s and fully armed choppers flying over the campus at
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This is actually my current Tinder bio

Posted on 5 September 2017 by Pepper Swan

After just 10 long days of existing within the confines of the Special Administrative Region, I think I can safely say that Hong Kong seems to be the truest dichotomy of man and nature; obnoxiously large skyscrapers exploding with light nestle snugly into rolling hills of beautiful greenery, against a calming backdrop of the deep
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“You look like a moth.”

Posted on 28 August 2017 by Katy Forrest

Day 17   An early start from Tumbaca on the bus was awaiting us, and with a predicted eight-hour journey we all braced ourselves, hoping we would miraculously arrive there in half the time. After what seemed like an eternity we finally stopped for a wee stop halfway through our journey. Now, this may sound
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The Final Week: さようなら日本

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Laura Davies

At long last, yet seemingly all too soon, the month-long Yamagata project is over and I am safely back in the UK, still a little jetlagged but otherwise no worse for wear. The final week seemed to go the quickest; I can barely remember the order of events, but I will do my best. One
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“ Oh no! I don’t want to be pie!”

Posted on 14 August 2017 by Katy Forrest

Day 13   There’s nothing that makes you feel that tad more disgusting on a Monday morning than a quick wet wipe shower. Today was our last day of project work in Camp Esmeraldas, so off we went to Cacha, even more determined to finish what we’d started, even if we had to work ‘till
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“In Steve We Trust!”

Posted on 5 August 2017 by Katy Forrest

I mean, it was inevitable. We were going to encounter a not-so-nice critter at some point… just not all at once…  Day 5 If you’ve ever wondered if Ecuadorians like to party on a Saturday night, you should’ve seen our faces on the following Sunday morning after a few hours sleep. When you sleep in
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 3

Posted on 5 August 2017 by Laura Davies

At long last, here is part three of my adventures in Yamagata. My apologies for the delay – it’s been a pretty busy week as usual. To pick up where I left off, we’d collected our new translator and then immediately after we visited a Japanese castle. We made a quick stop at a foot
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WEEK 2 – A Whistler Adventure

Posted on 2 August 2017 by Tegan Francis

Our second week in Canada has come and gone and it’s been quite a whirlwind for us all so far. Vancouver offers an immense number of options of things to do so you can never be bored. Whether you’re a keen hiker or avid shopper there’s something for pretty much anyone. On our second weekend
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 2

Posted on 29 July 2017 by Laura Davies

First of all, my apologies for the late post – this past week has been unbelievably busy and tiring, but very fun. We had a pretty full-on week of mostly sightseeing which made a nice break from all the work we had been doing in the fields. Even without the sightseeing, some interesting things happened
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The End

Posted on 28 July 2017 by Chloe Walker

Sitting here surrounded by my suitcases is a surreal feeling. After about ten months of living and studying abroad, the time has come to go home and to get back to reality. I have been very slack with writing posts during my time in Germany. However, this is indicative of the amazing time I have
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Settling in to UBC, Vancouver

Posted on 24 July 2017 by Tegan Francis

We stepped off the plane bright eyed and bushy tailed with a touch of jet lag and made our way down to passport control. The flight was reasonably long and quite turbulent however, each one of us had sat next to a super friendly person, who reassured all of us that the next four weeks
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Adventures in Yamagata: Part 1

Posted on 19 July 2017 by Laura Davies

The past week has proved busy but highly productive, not to mention enjoyable. Already it feels as if I have been in Yamagata forever, and I wouldn’t mind if that was the case. In terms of work we have been busy weeding rice paddies, weeding vegetable patches, weeding an athletics track, weeding a flower garden…yeah,
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Two Days in Tokyo

Posted on 9 July 2017 by Laura Davies

Yesterday I arrived in Tokyo but was too tired to update after so much walking – my apologies for that. These past few days have been quite hectic but fun. I met three of the other volunteers in the airport and we all caught the dreaded 12 hour plane together. When we finally arrived in Hong Kong,
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The Journey Begins

Posted on 6 July 2017 by Laura Davies

So here I am; the day has arrived and I’m off to the airport to start my adventures in Japan. The past few days have been filled with a never-ending stream of advice from my parents about travelling and staying safe, and I have packed everything I could ever think of needing in any potential
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LingoMap:Career plans, skills and employment

Posted on 3 July 2017 by Sarah Gregory

My final LingoMap blog! As an undergraduate, it can be scary to think about leaving the student days behind. Student life is great, it has given me a huge amount of freedom, independence and courage, without which I would not have been able to fly the nest and live abroad! The saying goes however, that
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LingoMap: School and College life

Posted on 3 July 2017 by Sarah Gregory

Finally I am back with another LingoMap blog! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my year abroad journey so far! For this blog I am focusing on school and college life in Spain. The first thing I will say about school life in Spain is that it is extremely different to school life in
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Canal Boat Trip

Posted on 3 July 2017 by Conor White

This was our first boat trip along the canal and what an experience it was! The aim of the trip was to investigate and sample sites along the canal that were inaccessible by land; this meant some of the rocks we looked at had never been seen before, so were completely new for the canal
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LingoMap: My career prospects

Posted on 30 June 2017 by Emily Seaborne

Quelle horreur! I can’t believe that my Year Abroad is over! It has flown by so fast and I have learnt so much in the 7 months I have spent living in the South of France. Not only have I vastly improved my language skills but also my knowledge and awareness of French culture. Although
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Surfing Heat Waves

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Conor White

There’s been a heat wave back at home, 29⁰C and everyone is complaining, here we worked in 41⁰C heat on Tuesday with no escape! David’s heat tolerance in the field surpasses ours but even he felt ‘like a chicken baking in the oven’ (Buchs et. al 2017). But we did find what could be a
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Faulty science

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Conor White

Following the historical trail ‘Camino de Cruces’ we hiked through the rainforest, a first for many of us; we ventured there in order to investigate quaternary faulting, which may have significant implications for the Panama Canal as the fault cuts the ACP’s new locks. Much to David’s frustration the original map had no coordinates and
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Lingo Map: Careers and Employability

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Molly Timmons

It’s official. My year abroad is (pretty much) officially over. I’ve had the most amazing year of my life and now it’s time to get back to the normality (and scary prospect of final year) in Britain. I was in the UK for just under two weeks after getting back from Portugal, and now I’m
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Lingomap: Erasmus over…What next?

Posted on 25 June 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Hola a todos! Wow, so we’ve come to my last blog! My year abroad is over and I could not be sadder, I have had such great time both in Toulouse and Granada, I have gained amazing friends (whom I cannot wait to visit already), I’ve seen amazing places and have had an incredible experience
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So, what’s next?

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Liam Barrett

And we’re done! As of 2nd June 2017, I have finished my year abroad. Having first left for Belgium on 25th August 2017, I have spent a little over nine months and two weeks living abroad. Undoubtedly, the Year abroad is a worthwhile experience, regardless of where you do it, you will see places you
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Coring and Exploring

Posted on 19 June 2017 by Conor White

Our first day in the field was an introduction in order to understand and recognise the major rock formations along the Gaillard Cut part of the canal. We travelled from North to South, moving up through the stratigraphic units along the canal. Some of our favourites were the ignimbrites and a fossiliferous ash deposit. The
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Reflections at the end of my Erasmus

Posted on 18 June 2017 by Simona Dundova

So many things happened in the last couple of months that I haven’t had the time to write about each and every experience. That is why I am using this opportunity to summarise some of them and share my feelings less than two weeks before I leave Valencia. Spending the whole academic year as an
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Exploring Panama City

Posted on 16 June 2017 by Conor White

Two flights after leaving Cardiff, travelling first to Paris and then across the Atlantic, we arrived in Panama. Having settled into the accommodation provided by the Panama Canal Authorities (ACP), we found our way around the immediate locality and explored the old town as well as visiting the historical museum of the Canal and discovered
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What next?..

Posted on 7 June 2017 by Harriet Codd

Well, well, well. We have reached our final post in the LingoMap program. I hope you have all enjoyed these blogs and can at least take something away from each of them! Now that us university students have come to the end of our blessed Year Abroad (how time flies!), it’s now back to reality and
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LingoMap: Social Issues

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Emily Seaborne

Hey everyone, The topic of this months blog is Social Issues so I thought I would write on immigration and integration in France. Immigration is a big issue in France and particularly in Grasse, the town where I have been working this year. My job as a language assistant has been especially insightful as one
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Québec, am y tro olaf…

Posted on 19 May 2017 by Elin Arfon

Salut, Dyma fy mlog olaf wrth imi ddod i ddiwedd fy nghyfnod fel monitrice d’anglais yn Polyvalente Saint-François, Beauceville (Québec). Fodd bynnag, mi fyddaf yn aros yma dros yr haf er mwyn teithio a pharhau i ymarfer fy Ffrangeg. Dwi’n caru Québec a dydw i ddim eisiau gadael! Felly, cyn imi eich gadael chi, dyma
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Québec: Diwrnodau Cenedlaethol

Posted on 18 May 2017 by Elin Arfon

Bonjour eto, Y thema y tro hwn : diwrnodau cenedlaethol.  Rhaid egluro rhywbeth cyn mynd ati i sôn am y thema hon. Y mae Québec yn wahanol iawn i weddill Canada. Yn gyntaf, Ffrangeg yw iaith y dalaith. Yn ail, y mae eu hanes yn wahanol i weddill Canada sy’n golygu pan geir diwrnodau cenedlaethol,
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Cuestiones sociales – El paro en España

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Liam Barrett

In this month’s blog, I am going to talk about some of the social issues which have to be faced in the country in which I am currently living, so that would be Spain. Firstly, a (una cuestión social) social issue is a (un problema) problem that influences a considerable number of the individuals within a society. Now
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Québec: Teithio a Chludiant

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Elin Arfon

Bonjour o Québec, C’est Elin! Blog mis Mawrth oedd hwn i fod ond rhaid imi gyfaddef, yr oedd mis Mawrth yn brysur iawn imi, a’r rheswm pennaf am hynny oedd oherwydd imi DEITHIO llawer! Felly maddeuwch imi, teitl y blog sydd wedi achosi imi fod yn hwyr yn ei ysgrifennu. Dyma’r ffyrdd yr ydym ni’n
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Lingomap: El sistema educativo español

Posted on 15 May 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Hola a todos!! Hope you’re all doing well! I’m loving life in very sunny Granada! This month’s topic is school and college studies. Funnily enough 5 years ago today, I left school, it feels way longer than that, to be honest, and although they say your school days are the best days of your life…It’s
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LingoMap: What is German University like?

Posted on 11 May 2017 by Chloe Walker

Attending university in your home country is scary enough at times, but going to university in another country, where the language is different, is a whole new ball game. I would like to begin by saying, however, that the language isn’t usually the biggest difference that you may find while attending university in Germany. I would
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¡La vida escolar en España!

Posted on 8 May 2017 by Harriet Codd

Hello again to you all, I hope the year is treating you well! When thinking about school/college life for this blog, I found it relatively difficult to put everything into one concise answer for you. To be totally honest, university life where I am based is far from what I expected it to be – both
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House Hunting, Holidays and Heidelberg

Posted on 22 April 2017 by Chloe Walker

It has now been around 7 weeks since I arrived in Heidelberg and this is my first post. A lot has happened. This could be a long one. March was spent in a daze of househunting alleviated by a month-long German course. The course was fabulous. It was a great way to refresh my German knowledge
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LingoMap Blog: Social Issues

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Sarah Gregory

This month the topic of my blog is ‘Social issues’.   Social Issues   Definition: A problem that influences a considerable number of people within a society One of the main social issues I have heard about since living here is the idea of ‘Generación Nini’. This name is given to the current generation of
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Cheap Dreams

Posted on 10 April 2017 by Llewelyn

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I wrote an entry here, so I guess I should start by quickly reviewing the last month or so…basically I’ve been pretty busy at work, especially as the high season is starting to roll around, meaning that we’ve had more and more bookings to deal with.  That,
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Intern in a concrete jungle.

Posted on 8 April 2017 by Sarah Wren

I envisaged the summer of 2016 to be like any other, going back home, missing my uni friends and working in a pub for months on end, bored out of my mind and wishing for September to arrive so I could head back to Cardiff. Little did I know that attending a career’s fair would
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LingoMap: Is Germany environmentally friendly?

Posted on 3 April 2017 by Chloe Walker

I have been in Germany for just over a month now, specifically in the city of Heidelberg. Heidelberg is in the South West of Germany in the state called Baden-Württemburg. It is close to Frankfurt and Stuttgart, which are two major cities in Germany. I have been here to complete a pre-semester language course in
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Lingo Map: School/College Life

Posted on 31 March 2017 by Kate Pritchard

Bonjour à tous ! This month I have been given the title of School/College Life. Despite France not being hugely different to the UK, there are a few significant differences in the way in which their schools function. Pas d’uniformes! First of all, (and this is always the first thing to come to mind), children in
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LingoMap: Environment

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Simona Dundova

In stead of talking only about environmental issues and how people in Spain treat them, in this blog post I have decided to demonstrate the relationship between this topic and the one about festivals and celebrations discussed previously. As I mentioned before, one of the biggest and most spectacular festivals in Spain is called Las
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Fallas Time

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Simona Dundova

I still find it hard to believe that I have witnessed one of the biggest and most impressive festivals in Spain. Las Fallas de Valencia take place in the period 15th-19th March each year and this is a celebration you don’t want to miss. The preparations start very early on and during the official days
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paris on a budget

Posted on 11 March 2017 by Izzie

Salut tous les monde!! Its been a long while since I’ve done one of these so I’m actually looking forward to writing again! After an extensive 2 month break from my university here in Paris, I’m FINALLY, back in my natural home .. (I should have been here all along). I had the pleasure of
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Lingomap: El medioambiente en Granada

Posted on 9 March 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Hola everyone! Hope you’re all doing well, how is it march already? Is it me or does time fly when you’re abroad? This month I thought I’d tell you all about how Granada treats its environment. But, firstly as it’s my first blog on Granada, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my
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El medio ambiente…

Posted on 8 March 2017 by Harriet Codd

Hello everyone again! Happy March! I’m very happy to say Easter is coming (relatively) soon and that I’ve booked my flights home for that week. Although, really we both know it’s to go home and collect a dozen chocolate eggs and then come back to Spain… Sorry to bring up Easter so soon but we’re
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Hostel California(ish)

Posted on 25 February 2017 by Llewelyn

So now that I’m coming to the end of my first month of work here in Marseille, I thought I’d take a minute to share some of my experiences and basically describe what an average working day looks like for me at the hostel.  In a normal week, I tend to spend around 30 hours
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¡Festivales Españoles!

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Harriet Codd

Buenosss a todos… I hope you have all enjoyed your New Year and have had a great start to 2017. Now the year has got well underway and we’re back in motion with blog writing, brace yourselves for some info on the Spanish festival that I’ve chosen to share with you, and that’s the ‘Semana
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LingoMap: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Chloe Walker

On first thought, the idea of flying alone in a plane to a foreign land is intimidating and scary. However, in reality, it can be incredibly exciting and liberating. Luckily, before my journey to Valencia to begin my year abroad, I had already flown solo. Although I’m not the best flyer, I do find that some good
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LingoMap: In The Land of Festivals

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Simona Dundova

Spain is in no doubt the country of festivals, parties and celebrations and the people here definitely know how to have fun! That is why I find it hard to summarise my knowledge on this topic and the great experiences I have had in one single blog post. However, I will do my best to
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Lingo Map: Bon Voyage!

Posted on 4 February 2017 by Emily Seaborne

Hey everyone! For my second blog I’ve been assigned the topic of Entertainment and Leisure and there isn’t a better opportunity to tell you all about my travels around France! I have been so lucky to be placed as a language assistant in the Provence-Alpes- Cote d’Azur region for my Year Abroad. There are so many
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Lingo Map: Food and Drink

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Kate Pritchard

Hey everyone (again)! Hope you’re all doing well. This time I am writing to you about Food and Drink which is a perfect topic when talking about France. Apologies in advance as there are going to be lots of photos of me posing with food, because if you can’t do it in France, where can you do
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Starting Life in Marseille

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Llewelyn

So I haven’t really had anything to write about on this blog for about a month now, as I was home over Christmas and assumed that my Christmas Day eating and sleeping habits (50:50 ratio if you’re interested) weren’t what this blog was meant to be used for.  However, I’m now back on the mainland
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Lingo Map: Technology and Social Media

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Kate Pritchard

Bonjour à tous ! This is my first blog for the Routes into Languages LingoMap, so let me first introduce myself. As you can see from my profile I am currently teaching in two collèges (secondary schools) in Grasse, South of France, which means I am surrounded by 11-16 year olds every day! The topic given for
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LingoMap: Mon temps libre dans la ville rose

Posted on 28 January 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’ve all had a lovely break and that the new term is going well.  As for me, I’ve just moved to Granada (literally three days ago) so I’m adapting to another beautiful culture and my brain keeps mixing both languages, I keep saying “Pardon” instead of “Perdona”! Today, I thought
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Belgium: Home of the Waffle

Posted on 26 January 2017 by Liam Barrett

So, it’s time to write my second blog post! The topic chosen for this edition is “Identity and Culture: Food and Drink”. As I’m sitting on the train this morning, from Antwerp back to Brussels, I started to think about what I could write. Luckily, Belgium is the home to some great food, a lot
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Québec: Bwyd a Diod

Posted on 23 January 2017 by Elin Arfon

Yn gyffredinol, tebyg iawn yw’r bwyd yn Québec i’r bwyd a gawn ni adref yng Nghymru, bwyd traddodiadol tatws a chig i fwyd tramor sushi a chyri. Ond mae yna tri pheth  sy’n angenrheidiol, hanfodol, hynod bwysig sôn amdanynt: maple syrup, Tim Hortons a poutine.   Maple Syrup Mae yna ddiwydiant enfawr maple yma yn
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Québec: Technoleg a Chyfryngau Cymdeithasol

Posted on 23 January 2017 by Elin Arfon

Felly, dyma gynnig cyntaf ar flogio…a’r teitl…technoleg a chyfryngau cymdeithasol. Gyda llaw, dwi yn Québec, Canada ar fy mlwyddyn dramor yn dysgu mewn ysgol uwchradd, ac ydy, mae hi’n oer iawn iawn yma!! Ta waeth, yn ôl at y pwnc dan sylw. Nid oes fawr ddim yn wahanol o ran technoleg a chyfryngau cymdeithasol. Mae fy
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LingoMap: Health and Fitness in Valencia

Posted on 17 January 2017 by Chloe Walker

The topic of health and fitness is not something I can say plays a major role in my life. However whilst studying abroad you begin to notice lots of differences between your new country and your home country. Of course, I have an interest in leading a healthy lifestyle. This is also the case for
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LingoMap: Entertainment and Leisure!

Posted on 5 January 2017 by Sarah Gregory

Hola a todos! Hello and welcome to my first blog post for the Routes into Languages LingoMap Blog. My name is Sarah, I’m 21 years old and I study Spanish at Cardiff University. I am currently on my Year Abroad in Valencia! Before I head back from my Christmas break at home on Sunday (very
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LingoMap: Self and Relationships

Posted on 3 January 2017 by Liam Barrett

Bonjour tout le monde! (Or, hello everyone!) This is my first submission for the Routes into Languages LingoMap Blog. Before I catch my very early train back to Brussels tomorrow, to start the dreaded “Blocus” (the Belgian-French word for the exam period) on 2nd January, I thought I’d get started on the blog. The first
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Valencia – The Perfect Place to Get Fit

Posted on 26 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

Sports activities are an important part of Spanish lifestyle. The climate makes it possible to practice anything from ice-skating, football to beach volley and surfing. We all know that food and celebrations are the essence of Mediterranean culture. However, when you come to Spain (or any other country in Southern Europe for that matter), you
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The Trips Continue

Posted on 26 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

Alicante was my weekend get-away for last week. My flatmate, two other Italian friends and I caught the 9 am bus on Saturday morning and arrived at our destination in just over two hours. As it was raining, we entered one of the first bakeries we saw and we talked over a cup of coffee
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Ma Ville Rose!

Posted on 23 December 2016 by Melissa Tavares

  Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great term!  Today’s topic is “Self and other’s” which is perfect as I just got home from my first semester abroad and it’s great to reflect on my experience so far. For the past 4 months, I’ve been living it up in the south of France
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End of the Road

Posted on 22 December 2016 by Llewelyn

“Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still I can’t let go” So sang Boyz II Men (bit of a dated reference I know), and the same’s true of my time here in Barcelona. It’s a shame really that I couldn’t spend the whole year here, as only being here for four months
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Snow place like Vancouver

Posted on 22 December 2016 by Lorna Hayne

We’ve had snow in Vancouver!! They say it never snows here but we’ve had snow on the ground every day this week, which has made concentrating on studying for finals so much harder! I have just finished my last final, exam season has been hard (hence the silence in my blog writing), but with the
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La Ville Rose!

Posted on 20 December 2016 by Harriet Codd

Hiiii guys, this is my first blog for Globetrotters and the LingoMap program, so I thought I’d just check in to say a quick ‘salut’ to everybody and hope you’ve all had a fandabadosey semester / term! Well, yesterday I finished my 6-month internship (yay yay yay!) after working in Toulouse for 6 months. What
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Saying Goodbye

Posted on 9 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today was my last day on placement in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka. Now that I am at the end I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! I have enjoyed the experiences and opportunities I have had out here. From tropical conditions, to operation theatres, ICU’s, the various wards and the physiotherapy department
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19 Days till Christmas!

Posted on 6 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Had a lovely weekend exploring more of Sri Lanka. The girls and I headed to Trincomalee, to the beach and to explore the town. It was lovely to have a chill after an exhausting week on placement. For the last 2 days I have been based in the paediatric gym in the Physiotherapy department. Assessing
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Andalucía Memories <3

Posted on 4 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

Last weekend I went on a trip that I hadn’t really planned to do, but it turned out to be the best thing that has happened to me on Erasmus. Although it was raining most of the time, we managed to see some of the most famous and beautiful places in Andalusia (and Spain in
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Food Glorious Food

Posted on 2 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Since I have been in Sri Lanka I have tried numerous curries, Sri Lankan style street food and traditional snacks. I do love a good curry and I have a little bit of a chilli obsession, so lots of the food has been amazing! Twice a week we have Sri Lankan cooking lessons to try
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Mercat Central – A Magical Place

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

I know it has been a while since my last post, but so many things are happening here in Valencia every day!!! I have barely had time to sit and write a few lines to my friends (both in Bulgaria and Cardiff), let alone sit undisturbed for an hour or so to write an article.
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I Got to Wear Scrubs!

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Maisy Provan

Yesterday morning I was allowed to go to theatre to watch some surgeries. A lot of the doctors were on strike so only emergency surgeries were being carried out, no routine. On arrival I had to change into green scrubs, plastic white shoes, a hairnet and face mask. (As a physio student I never get
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A day with OT

Posted on 29 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

So today I went and shadowed in the OT department. There are only two OT’s who work in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, who are both male, a bit different from the female dominated profession at home. In the morning I stayed in the department in one of the clinics the one OT holds. I saw a
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‘KuKiss’

Posted on 28 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today I got the chance to go to some of the surgical wards in the hospital. We saw some patients for chest physio and some for mobilisation and rehab. One gentleman we saw had rib fractures and a neck brace following a road traffic accident. Due to the rib fractures manual techniques are contraindicated so to
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Bus Journeys

Posted on 27 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

So this weekend we had to head down to Columbo, Sri Lanka’s capital, to get our visa’s extended. After a 5 hour journey we finally arrived at the immigration office, a 3 hour wait and our visa’s were sorted and off we headed to Negombo to see if we could go to the beach and
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1840 Steps

Posted on 27 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Since we arrived the girls and me have been waiting for a evening to go to Mihintale, a small mountain peak 10km outside of Anuradhapura. This evening finally it was still sunny when placement finished so we rushed back to change and grab a tuktuk there. We climbed the 1840 steps to the top view point and
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Buddhist Nature

Posted on 22 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

It is so easy to come to a different country and be critical of the way they do things compared to home but embracing what you can and sharing knowledge can make it so much more fun. My second week has begun in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka, I have experienced more patients with a
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reality finally hits.

Posted on 21 November 2016 by Izzie

So i’m sat in the library surrounded by various pieces of work, but gazing (as usual) out the window at anything and everything in a desperate attempt to escape the reality of the impending exams, I see a low flying plane go past. This, if I’m completely honest offended me slightly as I was quickly
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Weekend Adventures

Posted on 20 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

To make the most of my time in this beautiful country the girls and me decided to go on a weekend day trip. We left the house at 7am and took a minibus to Dambulla, driving through rural Sri Lanka, with a few spots of rain along the way. We arrived in Dambulla an walked
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The Wards

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today I was given the opportunity to shadow one of the Physiotherapist’s on his ward round. The Wards: All the nurses wear traditional uniform, they look like they are from the 1900s: Black and white stripped dresses, long white pinafores, white hats and long white socks with white shoes. The males wear white trousers and
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All Physios Like Cake!

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

My second day on outpatients in Anuradhapura teaching hospital, Sri Lanka. Today allowed to assess and treat my own patients, with help here and there for translation: I had 3 orthopaedic cases and 2 chests. I carried out my own assessments and treatments, made treatment plans and gave the patients exercises to complete at home and then
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Language Lessons

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Yesterday evening we had a Sinhalese language lesson, where we learnt some basics including greetings, how to say our age, where we live and basic body parts. The Sinhalese language has a whole other alphabet so our teacher broke down how to say the words in syllables. Sri Lanka only gained independence from Britain in 1948
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Seattle

Posted on 16 November 2016 by Lorna Hayne

I’ve only got 2 and a half weeks of school left before finals start- where has the time gone?! In Canada, you get a day off for Remembrance Weekend, so we bussed to Seattle for the weekend- we stayed in City Hostel- which was in an amazing location. We went to Pike Place Market- which
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Placement Begins

Posted on 15 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

So today was my first day on placement. Our program manger walked with us to the hospital and showed us where to sign in each day, we then headed over to the superintendents office. He gave us a presentation about the hospital and expectations. In Sri Lanka healthcare is free and provided by the Government
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First Impressions

Posted on 14 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

Today in Sri Lanka is a public holiday for to the full moon. Everyone celebrates by wearing white and going to worship at the temples and places of Budda.  Everyone in Sri Lanka is very friendly, coming up and saying hello in the streets and wanting to know where you are from and trying to help
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The Eagle has Landed!

Posted on 14 November 2016 by Maisy Provan

I left my house at 6:45 on Saturday morning and caught a coach to Heathrow airport, after an 11 hour flight I arrived in Colombo. As I walked out of the airport the humidity hit me, even at 5:30 in the morning!I waited in a nearby hotel for 3 other girls to arrive then we set
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You Know You’re In Barcelona When…

Posted on 13 November 2016 by Llewelyn

As I’m coming towards the last few weeks of my stay in Barcelona, I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on a few things I’ve learnt whilst living here for the past few months.  Hopefully, these will inspire you to visit the city if you ever have the opportunity or just give you an
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My First Visitors

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Chloe Walker

It has been quite a few weeks since my last blog post, however, I have enjoyed some great times with loved ones who have visited.  First to visit me was my Auntie Shelley and Nicola. I loved showing them around the city that I have come to know so well. We did the typical tourist
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some work; all play; master of the metro

Posted on 31 October 2016 by Izzie

Happy Autumn from Paris! I must say this season and the run up to Christmas was the time of year I was most looking forward to spending here in Paris, the colours and lights, hot chocolate (although I have requested some English brand hot chocolate as I’m too stubborn to find a replacement) and the
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I’m half way!

Posted on 20 October 2016 by Lorna Hayne

It’s week 7 here out of a 12-week term, it’s scary how fast time here is flying by and I’m beginning to panic that I won’t get everything I want to do done before I leave! Cramming my weeks full of school work so that the weekends are free, so I can make the most
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A Seat with a View

Posted on 19 October 2016 by Anna Ingram

Hi everyone, so I just thought I would do a short post about my favourite places that I like to visit here in Hong Kong, when I am maybe missing home or I just want some peace. As a big lover of impressive skylines, I probably couldn’t be living anywhere better. The first place I
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Andalusian Adventures

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Chloe Walker

    So this week began with a Monday spent perusing the shops with Helena and then meeting Maria for a tandem in the most beautiful park just behind our uni. Forever grateful for my Spanish gals. Tuesday was then spent in preparation for departing at midnight for a 5 day trip around Andalusia. The
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TRIP TO PORTAVENTURA AND TARRAGONA

Posted on 15 October 2016 by Simona Dundova

I think last weekend was one that I will remember for the rest of my life! I went on a trip to one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe and to the beautiful historic city of Tarragona. Basically, me and my friends spent two days full of adrenaline, true happiness and something more…We left
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Losing My ‘Blogging’ Virginity

Posted on 14 October 2016 by Maisy Provan

Hello, My name is Maisy Provan I am a third year Physiotherapy student studying at Cardiff University. This is the beginning of my diary / blog of my time away in Sri Lanka completing a placement as part of my Physiotherapy degree. This is also the first time I will have ever attempted or even written a blog
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Last Few Weeks Update

Posted on 11 October 2016 by Llewelyn

I seem to have left a large gap between this and my last post so I thought I’d take the opportunity to say how I’m doing after just over a month here. Having arrived in Barcelona on September 3rd with a sense of wide eyed excitement I’ve only ever really felt at Christmas and Welsh
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M.I.A.

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Izzie

Mes excuses, mes amis, for being away yet again and potentially another long post on what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks, BUT as I like to say, It’s a great sign there is rarely a dull moment here in Paris. Time is flying by and the weather has finally dropped
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Dinner Parties, Eyebrows and Sagunto

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Chloe Walker

This week has been quite a busy one, involving various excursions and other lovely days with friends. So on Tuesday, we held our first dinner party at the flat. I use the term ‘we’ very loosely, considering it was really Orla and Sarah who did the cooking. Sarah is staying with us for a while
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A quick summary of 7 weeks in Hong Kong

Posted on 8 October 2016 by Anna Ingram

Hi everyone, my name is Anna and I’m a second year Psychology student currently on a one-semester exchange at the University of Hong Kong. I love to travel and see new places, so when the Psych department at Cardiff said this exchange was available, I was sure I wanted to go for it, and I got a
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A DAY AT THE OCEANOGRAFIC

Posted on 5 October 2016 by Simona Dundova

Last week I visited the place I had been dreaming to go into since I first saw pictures of Valencia – one of the biggest and most astonishing aquariums in Europe! My uncle came on a trip around Spain and while he was staying with me, we decided to explore the beautiful city I am
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Taking it easy

Posted on 3 October 2016 by Chloe Walker

This week has been quite different to the last. Having acquired a nice little cough and cold I have taken it easy this week. I really feel like I am here for the long haul now rather than for a short holiday and I must admit that it is quite a nice feeling. I am enjoying
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Starting classes at UBC

Posted on 27 September 2016 by Lorna Hayne

I’ve just finished my second week of classes here at UBC and to say it’s been pretty intense. The timetable here works very differently to the UK- instead of doing 6 modules over the course of a year they do a minimum of 3, normally 5 for a full time student per semester. As an
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#notatourist

Posted on 19 September 2016 by Izzie

  Salut! Did you miss me? The last few weeks have been almost non-stop. So I now face the task of trying to sum them up in a concise and somewhat interesting way, and give you any chance of getting through to the end! Wish me luck! There have been so many various events and
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Sun, Sea and Schedules

Posted on 19 September 2016 by Chloe Walker

Today marks two weeks since my arrival in Valencia and I am only just getting around to writing this blog post. Valencia is a beautiful city of glorious sunshine, which has led to many days spent lounging on the beach and not a lot of productivity. The experience of arriving in Spain with nowhere to
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Working All Hours

Posted on 15 September 2016 by Llewelyn

I’m currently coming to the end of my first two weeks of work here in Barcelona, so I thought it’d be a good time to share how it’s all been going so far. I’m working in a private language school, not far from the Sagrada Familia, which is really great, because it means there’s just
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Adapting to life in Nantes

Posted on 10 September 2016 by Susannah Hadden

I moved to Nantes a little over a week ago now and it’s slowly starting to feel more like home, a foreign, temporary home, but home all the same. Without wishing to jinx it, I think I’ve pretty much overcome the homesickness that got me down when I arrived, and so I can really start
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Week One at UBC

Posted on 10 September 2016 by Lorna Hayne

So I’ve been in Vancouver for a week now and I’m still sane and functioning which I have to say has been a shock to most of my friends and family and especially to myself. Admittedly I may still be in the honey moon stage with this amazing city and university  (the pictures really don’t
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First Impressions

Posted on 4 September 2016 by Llewelyn

So I finally got to Barcelona Friday evening, after a long, long train ride all the way from home, but now I’m all settled in, I thought I’d update you on how my first proper day went and how my flat is. Or more accurately, how my first afternoon went, seeing as I slept most
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Packing Up Is Hard To Do

Posted on 1 September 2016 by Llewelyn

So the big day’s just around the corner. In a few hours, I’ll be standing on the platform of Reading Station waiting for the first of three trains to arrive so I can start my journey down to Barcelona for my work placement.  I. Am. Buzzing. Partly with excitement for what’s to come, but equally
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TRYING TO BE CALM AND ORGANISED

Posted on 28 August 2016 by Izzie

DAY 0 I like to think that I am fairly organised person and almost go nowhere without my post-it notes and checklists. However, if there is one thing I will confess to needing to learn over this year it is to have a plan B. As sometimes I get slightly stumped when plan A goes
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ON MY WAY.

Posted on 24 August 2016 by Izzie

So I’m finally embarking on something that I’ve always wanted to do! I’m gonna be living in Paris for a whole year… Well for the “location police” 40 minutes outside of Paris but I haven’t been telling people that. And although it may not seem as brave or as big a leap as traipsing across
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Science Fair

Posted on 18 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we went to the science fair at Ubon Ratchathani University. We left at around 9.30 and travelled on the school bus with some of my G.12 students. I don’t remember much of it, but my students have now seen how I look when I sleep on a bus. I was still a bit tired
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My First Sick Day

Posted on 16 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today I had my G.10 class that I was dreading first thing at 8.30am. It sounds silly to say that I wasn’t looking forward to a class, but it’s true. They can be the least well-behaved out of the students I have, but they also have the most to learn and can be the
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A Tough Day

Posted on 15 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today was a difficult day, looking back I think it was mostly my doing though. I had three lessons today and I was still a bit tired from the weekend. This had affected my lesson planning as well, and because the lesson plans weren’t as well thought out, the lessons lagged too. I had
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Nakhonchai Air

Posted on 14 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We were up at 7am this morning and rushed out by 7.30am (I had just about enough time to clean my teeth) so that Aum could get us on a van to the right bus station in Bangkok before our bus to Ubon Ratchathani left. We got there and there wasn’t a van going straight
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Nakhon Sawan

Posted on 13 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So we thought we had until at least 8am to get ready to go to the waterfall. But would it really be Thailand without surprises? Instead Aum woke us up at 7am and said that we were leaving soon. So we went and got ready…only to be waiting for another hour. We found out later
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To Aum’s

Posted on 12 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today I managed to sleep past 8am. It was great. I packed and updated my blog in the morning before we left. I also, however found out that there had been a bomb in the early hours of the morning in Hua Hin. Some of my friends back home had messaged me to make sure
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Mother’s Day

Posted on 11 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we had the day of school to hold a ceremony to celebrate mother’s day. If you’re confused about why mothers’ day is in August, it is because in Thailand mothers’ day is on the same day as the queen’s birthday. This is because the Thai people see the queen as the mother of their
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Science!

Posted on 9 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today marks about three weeks until we leave for Bangkok. Even though we’re six weeks through the placement, it doesn’t mean that I am any more ready for each day. Thailand still manages to surprise me practically daily. Once example today was my G.10 class, they were about twenty minutes late to their lesson.
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Back to Ubon Ratchathai

Posted on 7 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This was our one sleep-in today, and somehow my body woke me up at 8am. Which is a sleep-in compared to 6.30am, but still! I would have preferred to sleep a little longer. But it did mean that I could download some episodes of Ugly Duckling for the journey home. I also got to breakfast
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Finally in Khon Kaen

Posted on 6 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We woke up at 7am and got ready in half an hour. We left the hotel at 7.40am and walked to the bus station which was only a five-minute walk away. Just enough time for the coffee I made in the hotel to cool down. We soon found the queue for tickets to Khon Kaen,
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Leaving for Khon Kaen

Posted on 5 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I was back to my normal classes today. As much as the younger years are adorable and it was really nice having a Thai speaker leading the lesson, I did slightly miss my own classes. I must have been quite excited to see them again because I woke up around 6am and decided to get
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Ben-less

Posted on 4 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So today I went from being Aum-less to being Ben-less as well. Our mentor Ben was unfortunately ill today and therefore couldn’t help to translate my lessons. I did however have the principle in my G.11 lesson for the first 5 minutes. He helped to translate an instruction, I’m not entirely if he said the
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Primary School

Posted on 1 August 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today marks the official half way through point of the teaching programme. Doesn’t mean we are more adapted to teaching or to the environment. Unfortunately after a weekend of little sleep, we were all a bit under the weather this morning, definitely some more than others. It meant that Kate did her lessons with Hannah
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Byebye Buriram

Posted on 31 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Despite waking up ridiculously early the day before, my body clock decided that it was a great idea to wake me up at 5am again. As much as I was not happy about this arrangement, it did mean that I am now half way through my book (Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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Thunder Castle

Posted on 30 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I woke up at 5am this morning so I could shower and make sure I had packed everything. As much as it was a sensible idea, I really wish I had set the alarm half an hour later. We got to the bus station (thanks to Aum calling us a taxi) and waited until our
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Kindergarten

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This morning we had cereal for breakfast. I’ve never been a fan of corn flakes and the milk may have tasted different, but it was nice to have something familiar other than toast or pancakes. Although I am loving having pancakes and toast instead of rice. Today I had a few exciting lessons. In my
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Pancakes and Grammar

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

After the disappointment yesterday, I did not get my hopes up for breakfast this morning. But I needn’t have worried. We had pancakes, as promised, covered in butter with banana and honey and caramel sauce to smother them with. It was great. It was the best start to the day. In my G.11 class today
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Breaking Out of School

Posted on 27 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

My only class today were my G.10s in the morning. They were so late moving from the classroom downstairs to the one I was in upstairs and some didn’t pay attention for parts of the lesson. I ended up just doing the waiting for them to stop talking before I talk because I don’t want
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Ceilidh Dancing

Posted on 26 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Ben was back in school today! He’s still a bit ill and still as busy as ever, so he couldn’t make it to my lessons to translate. He had to sort out papers for the midterms that G.7-12 have next week (Hannah’s and my year groups), so it’s a reasonable excuse. It does also mean
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Central Plaza

Posted on 23 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we had a much appreciated lie in, and an endless supply of toast, which was even more appreciated. We also got to play with the dogs before breakfast. Needless say it was a great morning. After getting a taxi to Central Plaza, which Aum had called for us, we met up with Eleanor in
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Aum-less

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I’m not sure if the lack of sleep or if I was the Chang the night before was making me feel bad, but I decided to take my berry tea and pug-shaped tea dispenser into school today. According to the others, my pug tea dispenser apparently looks like a pig! Today was our last morning
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Party on a School Night

Posted on 22 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Some of the lessons were quite hard today. It may have been because I had planned them a week ago or that being away on holiday made it hard to settle in again. In my G.10 class today they were learning new vocabulary about the city and the countryside. I drew a mind map with
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Ubon Ratchathani Zoo

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today I woke up to find the wifi was working again! It had mysteriously stopped working the night before. It didn’t interrupt anything important like Netflix, just talking to my Dad. For breakfast we had an endless supply of pancakes for breakfast – it was wonderful! I also had them with grapes and I can
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The Candle Festival

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

I woke up around 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I looked up various TEFL courses. Since being in Thailand the idea of teaching abroad after I graduate has become more of a possibility. By the time the others were moving, at 4am, I had looked at a couple of courses and narrowed
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A Bittersweet Bank Holiday

Posted on 20 July 2016 by Hebe Fletcher

The 14th of July marks Bastille day in France, commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It was a long bank holiday weekend with no classes on the Thursday or the Friday. Many students went away for the weekend but lots of us stayed to see the celebrations and enjoy the Parisian sunshine. Fireworks
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Dragon Flight

Posted on 19 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

We were all awake around 10am but it was too hot to move or do anything that productive just yet. Breakfast was at MeUB&B again, I had the banana and nutella sandwich stack and strawberry this time. It was great, even if they were a little skimpy with the nutella. Our transport for the zip
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Chiang Mai

Posted on 17 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Because we were so crazy and excited to go to Chiang Mai, we booked a 8.20am flight there. This meant waking up at 4.45am to leave at 6am (at the latest). Thankfully I had done most of my packing the night before so I didn’t have much to do, apart from have a frightfully cold
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Damn, Sirindhorn Dam

Posted on 16 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This Saturday morning we woke up at 6.30am, not because we were going crazy after two weeks in Thailand, but because we were going rafting at 10 at Sirindhorn Dam. I had packed for rafting the night before and managed to put a few clothes aside for Chiang Mai. I managed to leave the room
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Family Day in Ubon

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

On Sunday I managed to sleep for long enough that the cockerel and the carpenter did not bother me. I was still in my pyjamas when Ma knocked on our door to call us to brunch – thankfully I had a cold shower available to wake me up enough to talk and eat (but not
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Splash!

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

After staying up late the previous night I was really looking forward to having a long sleep. I would have, if I went to bed at a normal time. But since I stayed up, the noise the carpenter was making from starting work before 9am was not welcome, at all. Regardless it woke me up.
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Tourisdent

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Hebe Fletcher

Tourisdent? Toural? Residourist? Who knows… The most peculiar thing I have found so far about my experience of the summer school is that I haven’t quite found my place in Paris. As a summer school student you lie somewhere in between a resident and a tourist. People ask me for directions, but I don’t know
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Introductions

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Hebe Fletcher

The Friday before classes started, we had our orientation at Sciences Po. Do you remember the painful small talk of the first week on university that left everyone wanting to print the answers to the generic questions on a T-Shirt? Eventually it starts to sound like some sort of Academics Anonymous meeting; ‘Hi, my name
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The Rice Fields

Posted on 15 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

This morning was great. As much as we still had to get up ridiculously early, we did not have to dress for school. Why? Because we were going on a school trip! Today we were going with G.10-12 to plant rice in the principle’s fields. These trips happen often at the school in the upper
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Thursday is Scout Day

Posted on 14 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Every Thursday the students wear their scout or cadet uniforms to school. It’s incredible and everyone looks really smart. Apparently in Thailand scouts is mandatory so you don’t get a non-uniform day if you aren’t a part of a group. That just does not happen. The cadets do a drill whilst the morning assembly takes
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Our Welcome Party

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Yesterday we were told to prepare a speech for the welcoming ceremony today. So last night after dinner, playing with their dogs (Charlie, Sarah and Milo – who is chunky but funky) and booking our flights to Chang Mai next weekend (we’re going to hug elephants!), we went and practised the speech that Kate had
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Visiting Another School

Posted on 13 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we did not have any lessons as we were visiting another school. Another school in Muang Samsip was holding a singing and dancing competition and a small fair with market and food stalls. After sitting through the opening ceremony, where they held a signing for an educational act, we watched some traditional Thai dancers
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English Club

Posted on 12 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Knowing I had to teach first thing unfortunately did not make getting up any easier. It was G.10 at 8.30am and after looking through the textbook I had planned to revise adjectives. But they either had not been taught many before or had forgotten them all. I was planning to do a mind map that
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My First Day Teaching

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

So having done no planning the previous day, I spent the first two hours of my day panicking about the three classes I had. I managed to put together a plan that I thought was adaptable to all three age groups (grade 10, 11 and 12, which are ages 16-18) and covered the topic of
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My First Day at School

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Despite that we weren’t teaching on Monday, we still had to get up incredibly early. We went to breakfast at 7.30am to be introduced to the school at their assembly at 8am. It was horrifically early. After a breakfast of rice we went to the assembly and watched the students that were late sprinted across the
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English Quiz

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Today we did not get pancakes. It was incredibly disappointing during the early morning after a weekend of relaxing. We did get fried egg and rice though, so it wasn’t a bad consolation prize. My only lesson today was with G.12 and all we did was play games. It was great. We began with hot
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The First 24 Hours

Posted on 10 July 2016 by Hebe Fletcher

For friends and family: Anyone who knows me, will know how excited I have been about this trip for a very long time. The wannabe Parisian in me has been lusting after the culture of the city of lights since I first saw the opportunity to apply to the summer school. The nerd in me
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The Day of Rest in Ubon

Posted on 10 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

Sleeping in until 8am the next day was blissful. With breakfast being at 9am we didn’t need to be up too early. At breakfast we were all offered tea or coffee, and I being a tea lover, chose the tea. I was however Chinese tea. But even if it was not my preferred choice, it
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Travelling Again

Posted on 10 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

After reluctantly pulling myself out of bed, showering and having a minimal breakfast, all of us traipsed downstairs to anxiously weigh our luggage. I had over packed my hand luggage, so there was no way my luggage was over new limit (25kg instead of 15kg). Kate however was around 1kg over, so I offered to
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Jet-lagged in the City of Angels

Posted on 8 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

My first impression of Bangkok was endless traffic I could see out of the window of the minibus from the airport to the hotel.  Except when I fell asleep, but even that was because of the traffic on the roads. When the six other English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) I was travelling with and I got to the hotel, our main
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Travelling to the Kingdom of Thailand

Posted on 8 July 2016 by Samantha Edgson

What’s so great about getting up at 3.30 am on a Wednesday in June? No, it was not the fabulous sunrise. Nor was it baked beans on toast with a mountain of cheese. I, Samantha Edgson, had decided to spend my summer holiday in Thailand. And naturally an early flight that meant getting up at
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Sara Rahmen standing on a cliff near the ocean.

No thinking, no boundaries, all heart.

Posted on 29 February 2016 by Sara Rahman

In the the last year I travelled to 11 countries, and 8 of those were in Asia. I visited Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Asia, it’s a crazy place I tell you. Each country I visited in Asia brought something new to the table, every culture was so different and
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Some advice.

Posted on 21 February 2016 by Sara Rahman

After 4 months of studying abroad, 5 and a half weeks of backpacking, and 4 weeks of settling back into Welsh living, I’m back in Cardiff to tell you about my experience away. I still remember it like it was yesterday, walking through the different coloured zones in City University Academic 1 building, everything seemed
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A few words on paperwork

Posted on 12 October 2015 by Joe Healy

Testing, testing… one, two… Actually, that quite accurately describes my first few weeks in Barcelona: testing. That said, I brought it on myself. I’m not gonna make excuses for not having written a blog post thus far. Since arriving basically all I’ve done is drink, sleep and panic, on a repeat cycle. That’s not the
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Withdrawal Symptoms

Posted on 20 September 2015 by Naomi Machin

Two months home and these withdrawal symptoms have not faded… I need to go back. It seems like only yesterday I was typing away for my previous blogs on departing for Australia and settling into my temporary home, and now I’m looking back wondering where time has gone. For all of you future Globetrotters, get
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We’re not in Kowloon anymore..

Posted on 19 September 2015 by Sara Rahman

So it has been over 3 weeks since I landed in Hong Kong and I’m not even sure where I should begin? My arrival to Hong Kong was pretty surreal as the airport is located on Hong Kong Island and City University Hong Kong is located in Kowloon. The whole bus journey from the island
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The last chapter of Berlin

Posted on 24 August 2015 by Alexia Cowley

It is unbelievable to think that my Year Abroad is over! The last eight weeks of my time in Berlin was just one big blur. Having had time to re-adjust at home, I am now able to sit down and write about my final chapter of Erasmus! June was very much a busy month for
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Paris before Hong Kong

Posted on 18 August 2015 by Sara Rahman

My name is Sara Rahman and I am a student going into my third year of University. Within my third year of university I will be studying Philosophy at City University Hong Kong. I officially leave for Hong Kong in under one week and if I’m honest the last few weeks have been really stressful.
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Solo flyer

Posted on 11 August 2015 by Amber Luong

When I inform people that I am going to New Zealand for a semester, they’re initial reaction is almost always, “that’s so far!” It is far indeed, as if you think about it, New Zealand is the furthest part of the world that one can go from the United Kingdom. At first, thinking about the
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Hello from Regensburg

Posted on 3 August 2015 by Mark Sweeney

Hey! I’m Mark, a third year Pharmacy student here at Cardiff. My Erasmus adventure began one cold October morning, when Heledd, from the Global Opportunities Centre, came in to give a talk on the Erasmus programme. The programme allows students to spend time studying or working abroad, though Cardiff University. Despite not being something I’d
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Travels around Europe

Posted on 17 May 2015 by Alexia Cowley

So here I am, sat on a very Anastacia-esque train carriage, travelling through Poland. A perfect opportunity to update my European gallivanting travels since March! March 20th, the day  I flew back to Berlin for my summer semester! I had visits from my dear home friends for 10 solid days. In this time, I went
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Settling in!

Posted on 8 March 2015 by Naomi Machin

So, it has taken me a few weeks to post my second blog – the WiFi here isn’t too great :-(!! However, I finally am able to record my experience at Macquarie University, Sydney more! First and foremost, I absolutely love it here in Sydney! The weather, the city, the university, and most importantly the people
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Leaving so soon?

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Kathryn Muldoon

Unlike those who have the luxury of spending an entire year putting down roots in one city, my semester in Lyon quickly came to a close. Just as I’d started to become really quite comfortable with the city and the wonderful people I’d met there, it was time to leave. Since I had really neglected
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Diwedd Semester 1

Posted on 23 February 2015 by Elin Jones

Unwaith eto mae amser wedi hedfan heb i mi sylweddoli! Erbyn hyn dwi adra yn mwynhau 6 wythnos o wiliau cyn dychwelyd i Berlin am yr 2il Semester ar ddechrau mis Ebrill. Ers y blog diwethaf dwi wedi cael lot o brofiadau gwych a dwi’n teimlo fy mod i’n dechrau dod i adnabod Berlin a’r
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First semester abroad in Chambéry

Posted on 31 January 2015 by Lucy Pierce

I chose languages as my joint honours degree, partly because I love the culture and history of foreign countries and learning the language is the best way of immersing yourself. However, like any normal person, it’s very daunting knowing your going away for the whole year, but, if you never get out of your comfort
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Preparation!

Posted on 30 January 2015 by Naomi Machin

So, 16 days until departure; I cannot believe how quick time has gone. It seems like only yesterday I was applying to study abroad for my second term at Cardiff University, despite it being at least 9 months ago! Since then so much has happened, I have received my acceptance letter to study at Macquarie
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Erasmus: The first few days

Posted on 3 January 2015 by Chloë Hathway

The first week of the year abroad is possibly one of the most challenging and daunting of your life so far, but don’t let that put you off! Although it was difficult and stressful, it was also a huge learning curve, and is well worth working through as you reap the benefits later on! As
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The start of my time in Chambéry, France

Posted on 21 December 2014 by Alice Whelan

I am a French and Spanish third year student at Cardiff University, currently in south-east France in the small Alpine city of Chambéry. For the first semester of my Year Abroad I am studying here at the Université de Savoie, before heading to Spain in February to focus on my Spanish at the Universidad de
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Wanderlust in Deutschland

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Alexia Cowley

  Some of my favourite photos of Berlin since being here…. I have had a whirlwind of a time since winter has kicked in. I’ve experienced -9 temperatures (in Hamburg up a tower at night), I’ve done the European thing and had a coffee out pretty much every single day, and now the workload is
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Making it to Nantes

Posted on 8 December 2014 by Chloë Hathway

Bonjour from France! I’m a third year BA French & Italian student, currently on my Year Abroad which is a compulsory component of my degree (lucky me!). Although I’ve been living in France for almost three months now (!), I thought I would start by telling you all how I managed to get here in
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Ich liebe Berlin

Posted on 7 December 2014 by Elin Jones

  Fy enw i ydi Elin Jones, a dwi’n astudio Almaeneg a Cherddoriaeth ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd. Fel rhan o fy nghwrs mae hi’n orfodol i fi dreulio blwyddyn yn yr Almaen yn gwella fy iaith. Mae hi’n fis Rhagfyr! Sy’n golygu fy mod i’n byw yn Prenzlauer Berg, yn Nwyrain Berlin ers dros 2 fis
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Coucou, tout le monde!

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Kathryn Muldoon

Three very eventful months into the first stage of my Erasmus story, it’s probably time to reflect a little on my time so far in Lyon. And why is it that I’m in Lyon, you may ask? As a French (and German, but more on that in a few months) student, I’m given straight off
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The city of Leuven – how did it ‘plan’ out?

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Wendy Maden

Wendy Maden, final year student on the BSc City and Regional Planning, reflects on her experience of studying abroad through the Erasmus programme Wendy, third from the right, pictured in Leuven with friends made while on the Erasmus programme. Wendy stated: “This photo summarises Erasmus quite well: Swedish, Italian, German, British, Israeli and Italian in
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Nearly two weeks in LA!

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Lauren Booth

Well, I’ve been in Los Angeles for 11 days now, and have had the most fantastic time. Getting moved in was pretty nerve wracking (just knowing which way to cross the street can be a challenge sometimes!) and it’s taken me a good week to get settled down in a proper routine, but its been
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My Summer Adventure in China

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Olivia Witt

Hello, my name is Olivia and I spent 4 weeks in China this summer completing a Chinese language course at the prestigious Xiamen University. Xiamen is in the south of China as is said to be one of the most beautiful places to live in China which could be largely down to its lovely stretch
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Summer School at Xiamen University

Posted on 18 August 2014 by Lowri Allen

Spending my summer studying in China has been a fantastic opportunity, the China university experience is very different to that of the UK but is equally enjoyable.  My course at Xiamen University, in the Fujian province of South East China, focused on learning Mandarin with classes on the Chinese economy, culture and business in the
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The bright lights of Hong Kong

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Lara Bridge

After a 30 hour journey and several flight delays, we finally arrived in Hong Kong. The first shock occurred as we stepped out of the cool air conditioned airport, and into the hot and humid weather. The sweating had begun. Something you have to get used to in China. After our failed attempt to acclimatise,
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Exploring Gulangyu Island

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Vanessa Yau

Travelling in China is always an experience and today’s trip to Gulangyu Island was no exception. If you’ve never travelled in a densely populated city before, you’re in for a surprise. In order to get to the island we had to get 2 buses and a ferry all of which were absolutely packed. Imagine a
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Arriving at Xiamen University

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Vanessa Yau

NI men hao! (Hello!) it’s the end of my first school week here at the Overseas college in Xiamen and I’m well on my way to settling in. I arrived in Xiamen on 29th June from Hong Kong where the climate is almost identical to Xiamen (but there is more air-con and a lot less
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