Pre-departure.

The start of my year abroad is getting closer and closer every day! Packing’s just about sorted, and I’ve finished working for now. I’ve even started buying stuff I might need for my accommodation. 

For example, I was checking out the middle aisle of Lidl the other day, and it seems like now is the time for students to buy what they might need. Not only are they currently selling fitted sheets (as are Primark) for a ridiculously low price, they have a pack of four water glasses, and matching cocktail glasses for £4.99 each, or 2 for £8. I’d get there quick, though. This kind of thing sells out quickly. Personally, I find it weird that I own a set of glasses. I don’t know about anyone else, but I kind of feel quite grown-up owning something like a set of glasses. Now I get to say ‘You can’t use those, they’re my glasses!’. I’m also hopefully going to have a set of pans given to me that my grandparents don’t use anymore. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit everything in the van!

Speaking of the van, that’s now booked, as is our ferry journey. Now that I have no paperwork or bookings to do for the time being, it’s starting to hit home that I’ll be living on my own for a whole year in France. I know that my parents will only be a train journey away, but it’s still a fair distance away.  Right now, I’m feeling two emotions: some days I get really excited to be independent and be able to do things without having to worry about other people, other days it’s terrifying that I’ll have to speak French every day. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’ll be fantastic for my French, but what do I do if I don’t understand someone, and they can’t speak English?

Anyway, that won’t be for a few months yet (although considering how quick this year seems to be going, it’ll be here in no time), and I’ll be staying at home in Brittany over the summer. Weirdly, I’ve kind of missed the noise and being surrounded by so many things happening at once. I know full well that after a week I’ll be sick of it, but for now I’m looking forward to it. I’ve missed so much since I’ve been at uni. My brother Charlie apparently hasn’t been behaving at la crèche (nursery), although I’ve been told he’s a lot better now. I think my sister Isabelle has been doing well at school, but it’s hard to make out anything important over the phone; she seems to go on for ages about ses amis (her friends) at school and not much about her lessons. My other sister Amelia has always been quite quiet, so I don’t hear from her over the phone but I assume everything is fine for her.

For anyone who wants to know how to send mail to France, you don’t just simply pop it in the post box at the end of the street. In the UK at least, you need to go to a Post Office and send it through Air Mail when sending internationally. When sending from France to the UK and other EU countries, you need to pay by weight and get a special stamp for sending internationally. Currently in 2018, the price for any letter up to 20gm is € 1.20, and to the rest of the world, including the US, Canada and Australia, it’s € 1.30. If you’re reading this after 2018, please make sure to check in your local La Poste branch!

That’s everything for today. Thank you so much if you’ve read this far, and I hope you have a bonne journée!