year abroad

In fair Verona…

Posted on 17 February 2019 by Phoebe Grinter

As I prepare for the start of my second semester at the Università di Verona, I thought I’d talk a bit more about the city itself. It is best known for being the home of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Although history states that this couple were 100% fictional, and that Shakespeare himself had
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Culture Shock in France!

Posted on 25 January 2019 by Kimberly Field

Culture shock. All travellers have experienced the same. When you first arrive in a country, it can be tricky adjusting to the new culture. The way of life can be so different to the one back home! Although the UK and France are not worlds apart, some aspects of the culture can still be a
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Lingomap: Social Issues

Posted on 14 July 2018 by Katy Stone

Coucou tout le monde ! (Hello everyone!) My final blog is based on social issues in France. As this topic is quite broad, I have tried to narrow down a few problems that stood out to me during my year in Chambéry. Menace terroriste  Ces dernières années, l’un des problèmes sociaux les plus importants en
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Spain and the Environment

Posted on 13 July 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! Ya estoy en el Reino Unido y desafortunadamente el año al extranjero se acabó. Mi experiencia fue extraordinaria y voy a reflexionar sobre mi tiempo en el extranjero con el tema del medio ambiente en mente. When it comes to the environment, I have to say that when I first arrived in Spain,
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Spain’s festivals and celebrations.

Posted on 11 June 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! I’m now coming to the end of my incredible year abroad experience here in Spain and I’m really going to miss it. It’s just such a different lifestyle here compared to what I’m used to at home in the UK but in the best way. Something I will miss is getting involved with
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LingoMap: Social Issues

Posted on 11 June 2018 by Bayan Ali

Ciao e benvenuto nel mio post finale! Per il mio blog finale mi concentrerò sui temi sociali che ho notato a Firenze. Le principali questioni sociali di cui parlerò sono: problemi di immigrazione e integrazione, disoccupazione e senzatetto che possono collegarsi tutti insieme. Immigration and integration problems Italy has welcomed more and more immigrants however
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Life’s a holiday

Posted on 11 June 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                                Bonjour… pour la dernière fois, parce que à la fin de juin, je reviendrai en Angleterre. Le thème de ce blog est “National Holidays and Local Areas of Interest”. Il y a eu beaucoup de jours fériés en France pendant le mois de mai et, comme en Angleterre, cela signifie que les écoles, les magasins,
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Lingomap: National Holidays and local area of interest

Posted on 10 June 2018 by Katy Stone

Salut et bienvenue ! Today’s blog will cover the topic of National Holidays and local area of interest. Un jour férié national est un jour nationalement reconnu où la plupart des entreprises et d’autres institutions sont fermées. La France compte 11 jours fériés français chaque année. Cependant, deux régions; L’Alsace et la Lorraine ont deux autres jours
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An environmental PARadISe?

Posted on 9 May 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                                Salut! Ça va? Les deux mois que j’ai déjà passé à Paris ont été fantastiques. C’est une ville magnifique et il y a beaucoup à faire ici. Je suis toujours très occupée soit en travaillant à l’école ou en explorant la ville, mais je ne changerais pas cela! Le sujet de ce blog est
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An A-Z of the Best Food and Drink Spain Has to Offer

Posted on 8 May 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! I’m now over three months into my semester abroad here in Ciudad Real and I’ve very much been enjoying everything Spain has to offer, especially the food! I love exploring all aspects of the Spanish culture, but as a foodie discovering all of the tasty delights Spain has to offer is definitely one
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Lingomap: Food & Drink

Posted on 18 April 2018 by Katy Stone

Bonjour à tous et à toutes ! Today’s blog will cover the topic of Food & Drink. There are so many delicious specialities offered by French cuisine, it’s hard to choose between them! However, I will focus on some delicacies of the Rhône-Alpes (the region where I am currently studying). Food – La Nourriture La
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LingoMap: Travel and Transport

Posted on 10 April 2018 by Eloisa Payne

  Hallo und wilkommen zu meinem dritten blog für LingoMap! Jetzt bin ich für einen Monat für mein zweites Auslandssemester in Köln in Deutschland. Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten, einschließlich der Tatsache, dass ich keine Wohnung finden konnte, habe ich mich endlich hier eingelebt! Ich vermisse wirklich das Leben in Lyon und habe dort so eine gute Erfahrung gemacht, aber
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In Paris…with me

Posted on 6 April 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                              Bonjour encore! Cette fois je suis à Paris. Pour quatre mois, mars-juillet, je vais travailler (en tant qu’assistante anglaise) dans une école secondaire à Malakoff, une banlieue (suburb) de Paris. Les enfants ont un âge similaire à ceux que j’ai enseigné en Allemagne. Dans cette école, j’ai beaucoup plus de responsabilités: j’ai environ 12 classes
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Festivals and Celebrations

Posted on 5 April 2018 by Emily James

When most people think of Spain, one of the first things that they think is that the spanish are either sleeping (una siesta), or partying (una fiesta), and to be honest, it’s not too far from the truth! There are so many different festivals and celebrations that take place in Spain throughout the year, some
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Staying Fit and Healthy in Spain

Posted on 2 April 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! Este semestre estoy en España en Ciudad Real, una ciudad que está cerca de Madrid. En este blog voy a hablar sobre el tema de la salud y el bienestar. Hay muchas cosas que son distintas aquí en España en comparación con las del Reino Unido, por ejemplo, el modo de vida es
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LingoMap: Entertainment and Leisure

Posted on 3 March 2018 by Eloisa Payne

Bonjour tout le monde, j’espère que vous allez bien ! Bienvenue à mon deuxième blog pour LingoMap ! Ayant été donné le sujet plutôt général du divertissement et les loisirs, je vais parler de mes voyages à la fois en France et ailleurs cette année. Annecy Annecy, a small town in the Alps is one of the first places I visited during my
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LingoMap: Festivals and Celebrations

Posted on 1 March 2018 by Bayan Ali

  Bonjour ! Bienvenue sur mon deuxième article pour Lingomap Routes into Languages. Le sujet de cet article est les festivals et célébrations en France. Quand j’ai déménagé à Nantes, j’ai vraiment été surprise de voir à quel point la ville est festive parce qu’il semble toujours y avoir un événement en cours. La durée de
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Lingomap: Health and fitness

Posted on 25 February 2018 by Katy Stone

Salut et bienvenue à mon blog sur la santé et la forme physique ! I am currently in my second semester at Université Savoie Mont Blanc in Chambéry. Thanks to its location in the mountainous Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, the town boasts an impressively wide range of sports and activities, promoting health and fitness. When
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Lingomap: Health and Fitness

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Eloisa Payne

Bonjour tout le monde ! Bienvenue à mon premier blog pour Routes into Languages Lingomap. Je m’appelle Eloisa et maintenant je suis en troisième année de français et allemand à l’Université Cardiff. Pour mon année à l’étranger, j’ai étudié à l’Université Catholique de Lyon pour le premier semestre, et je vais à Universität zu Köln
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LingoMap: Technology and Social Media

Posted on 20 January 2018 by Katy Stone

Bonjour tout le monde ! (Hello everybody!) Ça va ? (How are you?) This is my first submission for the Routes into Languages LingoMap blog. As you can see from my profile, I am a third year History and French student at Cardiff University, currently on my year abroad studying at Université Savoie Mont Blanc
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Ser un jóven en el España de hoy.

Posted on 18 January 2018 by Katie Elgie

Hola, buenas. Bienvenidos a mi primera ´Routes into Languages blog´. I have been provided with the broad subject of ´Being a young person in Spanish speaking society´. This year abroad so far has been incredibly fulfilling and has opened my eyes to the lifestyle and culture of another country; which I believe is an incredible
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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