France Semester Abroad

32 Postcards & A Semester Later

May 14, 2015

Today is the day. My semester in France is over and it’s time to go home. I can’t say I was prepared for this, quite the opposite actually. As much as I want this amazing experience to continue, I am so excited to see my friends and family. If y’all want to come to France so I don’t have to leave yet, that’d be great!

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” I don’t necessarily agree with this one, but it certainly feels like it at the moment. Leaving France means this journey has come to an end, but I will take so much home with me from the memories, an abundance of photos, new recipes, and not to mention a larger French vocabulary. I’m happy with my progress in the language, but I wish I improved more. Immersion is the best way to learn a language after all and being surrounded by it all day has been the biggest help to me.

Over the semester, I’ve traveled to some incredible places. Most of my time was spent discovering the beautiful country of France with Augustin by my side. What better way to learn more about France than by dating a local! Now we are about to spend two months apart before he comes back. After seeing each other everyday for the last six months, it’s going to be difficult. On the bright side it is only two months and I’m sure time will fly by. Besides, this summer I will be looking for our next apartment together and all the decorations to go in it. He can’t say no to anything pink when he’s not there, right?

Postcards

There is an endless list of things I am going to miss. Maybe even the smallest of things I don’t realize at the moment. From the fresh products that turn into a culinary dream, to how friendly and welcoming Augustin’s family is, or going out to dinner and enjoying a glass of wine without annoyingly being asked to show your ID. Or walking everywhere and not spending all of your lifesavings on gas. Not to mention the proximity of incredible places that are only a train ride, or a cheap RyanAir ticket away.

I’ve been living in an incredible place the last six months and I have to admit I’m a little afraid to go home and back to reality. This is far from goodbye France, this is see you very soon! À bientôt! 

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