Monday, 19 December 2016

10 things that turn 10 in 2017 | Blogmas Day 19

The year turning to 2017 is going to hit me hard with nostalgia. It's hard to believe that it will hit 10 years since I started secondary school - 2007 honestly feels like it was only a year or two ago. I couldn't fathom that some of these things were released a decade ago, so I thought I'd share some of the most shocking.

1. These catchy songs

Shut Up And Drive and Umbrella by Rihanna. Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's. Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy. The list is endless, but 2007 was a great year for music.

2. Some great films

Again, 2007 was a fantastic year for films. Ratatouille, Enchanted, Bridge to Terabithia, Hairspray, Blades of Glory, The Simpsons Movie and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix all came out a decade ago. 

3. The iPhone

A decade ago, the first, revolutionary iPhone was released. In 2016, the iPhone hit over a billion sales. It's difficult to comprehend that it was released a mere 10 years ago and today, it's a huge part of so many people's day-to-day lives.

4. Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Apparently, this show was first aired in 2007. So, happy birthday Kim K and co. TV series that also began in 2007 include Gossip Girl and Mad Men.

5. Tumblr

Every hipster's favourite social media platform was created in 2007, giving us a decade of memes and an entryway into mainstream blogging.

6. Pokemon Pearl and Diamond

This game was the inspiration behind this post. Recently, I've started re-playing Pokemon Pearl and I can't believe that Pokemon Gen 4 came out so long ago.

7. Lots of other great games

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Halo 3, Assassin's Creed and Tomb Raider: Anniversary are amongst the games that were released in 2007, which seemed to be a particularly fantastic year for gaming sequels.

8. Some viral videos that are still well-known today

Leave Britney Alone and Charlie Bit My Finger both turn 10 in 2017.

9. The anniversaries of some celebrity deaths

Anna Nicole Smith, Pavarotti and many others unfortunately passed away in 2007. 2017 also marks 10 years since the horrific Chris Benoit murder / suicide.

10. Scooch representing Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest

One of the most iconic Eurovision entries of all time. Scooch may have placed 22nd out of 24 contestants, but they remain legendary with their song "Flying the Flag".

What are some of your most memorable parts of 2007?

Sunday, 18 December 2016

The top 4 books I read in 2016 | Blogmas Day 18

This year will go down as the year I sucked at reading. I read half the number of the books I read last year and I even struggled to update my Goodreads, so anyone who follows me on there will think I did even worse than I did. I'm entirely blaming my busyness this year - my reading started to slack at the time of exams, then I worked lots through the summer, then I moved, and my reading has only recently picked up. I did read some great books this year, though, so I wanted to share them like I did last year. 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This novel is a mystery, which is a genre that I don't often tip my toes into. I really enjoyed this though! It's fast-paced, but not too fast that you get lost with the plot. It follows the kidnapping of a baby while her parents are at a dinner party next door, and the point of view flickering between characters makes it difficult to work out the full story before it's revealed. I'd recommend this as an introduction to mystery novels, or as a book that's quick, riveting and very engaging.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

If I had to choose one favourite book this year, it'd probably be this one. "This Is Where It Ends" takes place over a period of 45 minutes and four different points of view, and it is based around a shooting in a high school. It's horrifying, but it's one that you need to keep reading to find out the conclusion. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson writes typical young adult, romance, cheesy books which I'm usually not a big fan of, but this was a guilty pleasure. It's everything I should have hated but it's cute and well-written, so I have to admit that I loved it. I loved the characters and how current it is without being cringy.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

I've re-read this book so many times since reading it for the first time this year, and I can never get enough. I thought it would be a typical dystopian, but I was blown away. In this world, there are forced marriages between the rich and poor sides of town, and a girl is brought up by her father to marry the President's son so that she can assassinate him. This one is seriously underrated - I much preferred it to more popular books it's compared to, such as The Hunger Games. I need a film adaptation of this asap.

My copies of these books are sprawled between Scotland, France and my two kindles so I wasn't able to gather them all for photos, but give them a Google - or better, search them on Goodreads. They're all well worth your time and money!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Oh, Christmas tree | Blogmas Day 17

My mum's Christmas tree is always perfect. It has a colour scheme of white and gold and everything matches. It's perfect. In contrast to this, my tree is messy and there's absolutely no structure to it.

My tree is purple and this is around the 13th year that I've had it - next year, I might invest in a new one because it's rather wonky nowadays. I used to decorate it in solely purple and silver decorations, but as I've gotten older, they've been replaced by various snowballs, bows and the odd Disney decoration (over the past couple of years, I've bought a Disney bauble each year with the hope that, one day, I'll have a Disney filled tree).

I'll leave you with those photos of my fave baubles - and yes, I'm well aware that this blog post is a bit crap. I've just been super busy catching up with people and rediscovering Pokemon Pearl since returning home, and I really love Christmas.

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Christmas tag | Blogmas Day 16

I'm not usually a person for tags, but what is Blogmas without a cheesy Christmas-y tag to get in the festive spirit?

tbt to when I worked at a santa's grotto

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
The Greatest Store in the World! They used to play it on CBBC in the run-up to Christmas, and it's become one of my traditions to watch it at least twice for every December.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
I think I have a couple of times, but not in memory. It's usually a very icy day rather than a snowy day.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home with my parents and brother. It's even more exciting this year because I've been away from home for three months!

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Anything traditional. Or anything Buble.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Yes! Christmas Eve is the time to open any presents from friends and my brother. We also give my parents their presents on Christmas Eve.

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Vixen, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
Honestly, just spending time with everyone, eating lots of food and relaxing with my family and friends. I love seeing Christnas markets and doing Christmas shopping - and I always look forward to Christmas dinner.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
My mum's homemade chocolate trifle. So excited for it!

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I love receiving presents because it's very nice seeing that someone has taken the time and money to give you something thoughtful. Over the years, though, I've become such a giver. I start my gift purchasing in September so that I have time to find gifts for everyone that have some thought behind them, then I spend far too long wrapping them to try and make them look presentable. I also really enjoy the looks on people's faces when they open something that they appreciate! Because of that, I prefer being the one giving gifts.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I've been very spoiled by my parents over the years but nothing compares to the year I received my own wendy house for the garden. It was a huge, wooden structure and it was absolutely wonderful.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
If I had to spend a Christmas away from family, I'd spend it in Disneyland. Imagine Christmas dinner with Mickey Mouse?

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm in the middle. I'm definitely not as good at my mum at wrapping, but I spend lots of time on my wrapping to make my presents look as decent as possible!

14. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
My parents told me when I was about eight. The other kids in my class were starting to break the news to everyone, so they told me before anyone else could. I think we all wish that we could have kept the illusion going for a few more years.

15. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Yes, I wrote a post about my resolutions here! I suck at sticking to them, but I try every year.

16. What makes the holidays special for you?
Having time to relax with family and friends. Everyone spends so much time working that it's nice for them to get a few days off to enjoy festivities. As I keep saying, it's all much more special this year because I'm living so far away from home. 

Let me know your Christmas traditions and what you're most looking forward to in the comments!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

A Christmas-y day in Bruges | Blogmas Day 15

Over a month ago, I was browsing cicevoyages for any interesting, upcoming trips when I spotted a cheap daytrip to Bruges. I've only ever visited Brussels in Belgium, and I adore it, so I jumped at the chance to get a direct coach from Lille - despite being at the top of Belgium, Bruges is only an hour's drive from Lille! We should have been a group of eight on this trip - however, Jess P ended up having other things to do and Luke fell ill the morning of the trip and couldn't make it (we missed you guys though!) so we were only six - Lauren, Jess R, Julia, Julia's two university friends Josie and Lucy and me.

When we arrived in Bruges, the bus dropped us slightly outside of the centre and we walked about 20 minutes to where everything is. The further we got into the centre, the more I loved it. Bruges is very Flemish and its architecture and style reflects its Flemish roots. The buildings were very quaint and I wanted to take photos of everything!

We started our day with lunch in a lovely little bar/restaurant just off the Grand Place (Jess' recommendation) where we ate far too much chicken before exploring the Christmas markets, which were very lovely - especially the numerous stalls selling handmade Christmas decorations! We were supposed to be going to an ice sculpture festival, but it was cancelled due to a high security risk. Instead, we spent the day wandering around the city, as it's a beautiful place to get lost in, and visited lots of chocolate shops. Earlier in the day, the group split up, and the other group discovered The Old Chocolate House, a lovely tearoom with the most exquisite hot chocolates so we had to follow their recommendation and visit later in the day. My hot chocolate was a huge mug of hot milk with a cup full of chocolate drops to pour in and melt. It was one of the best hot chocolates I've ever had!

I'd recommend a trip to Bruges to anyone, simply because it's one of the most picturesque places I've ever explored. I can't wait to return (Jess, Lauren and I are adamant that we'll get the chance to go with Luke). It was also so nice getting to spend the full weekend with Jess. She lives in a town outside of Lille so she can't always come to events and meet-ups, and it was just the loveliest thing having her stay for the weekend. Can't wait to see you after Christmas, Jess!!

As usual, I'll leave you with a selection of the 100+ photos I took. Bruges is so beautiful that I barely put my camera down.

the chocolate shops were divine

one of the nicest buildings.. and it's a zara

can't go to belgium and not have a kriek

the shops are so quaint

christmas spirit (we still can't work out what the symbol to the right is)

some of the most beautiful christmas shops are in bruges!

christmas things were everywhere

apparently some of jesus' blood is in this church

a man was blasting huge bubbles in the air in one of the squares, we stayed for too long watching/popping them

seriously bubbles everywhere

jess looking cute

watching a chocolatier make chocolate christmas baubles


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Tell the world I'm coming home | Blogmas Day 14

Today's post will be a little one, because as this post goes live at 6pm GMT, I'll be on a plane to Glasgow!

I left for Lille at 5am on the 15th of September, and I'll arrive home at around 10pm on the 14th of December. That means it's been basically three months since I've been in Scotland and seen my parents, and I'm very much looking forward to being home for a couple of weeks.

It's definitely been the quickest three months of my life and I can't quite believe that I'm halfway through my time in France. I feel like I've definitely taken advantage of where I'm living and I've really settled in. The next half will be spent travelling, attempting to perfect my French and spending time with some of the amazing friends I've made here.

And I'm excited for it.

See you in January, Lille!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

9 things I didn't realise I'd miss about home | Blogmas Day 13

France is wonderful. Home is also wonderful. There are things about home that are wonderful that don't exist in France.

 1. The wonders of the British high street. Gregg's, Boots, Poundland. Cheap and cheerful places to find things. Also Card Factory, because as Jess pointed out the other day, card shops don't exist in France and the only place to find Christmas cards is Carrefour for 5€ apiece.

2. The Scottish accent. And Scottish words. No one understands Lauren and I when we're "beeling" about something, or if we say something is "bogging".

3. On that note, not being foreign. Being Scottish here either results in a reaction of wonder or disgust. It's hard to tell if I'll be greeted with "I love your accent!" or "I hate Glasgow / Scotland / the Scottish accent" (thank you to the lovely English girls in Bruges who talked shit about the Scottish)

4. The Christmas build-up. The festive period here has been lovely, full of lights and markets. However, there's nothing quite like Christmas adverts and hearing cheesy Christmas songs on the radio.

5. Wetherspoons. Driftwood. Places to go for a cheap pint. Drink here is much more expensive. I can usually go out to a bar and spend less than a tenner - here a tenner would get me a drink.

6. Food from home. I touched on this in another post, but things like Cadbury's chocolate, sausage rolls, nice bacon, square sausage, good fresh rolls, so many unhealthy foods that are great but just don't exist here. French food is excellent, but it's not like food from home.

7. Some of the things I'm most interested in just don't exist here. For example, there are no drag shows or wrestling shows; two things I love seeing when I'm at home. Glasgow is such a varied city, full of different arts and performances, but it isn't as huge here.

8. Polite people. At home, people let everyone get off the train / bus / Subway before stepping on, but here it's pretty much a free-for-all. I never realised that the stereotype of mainland Europeans not knowing how to queue was so accurate.

9. Being busy on Sundays. Aside from bars, everything is closed on a Sunday. I spend most Sundays inside planning lessons for the week ahead because there's not much else to do.

As I said, I'm super happy with life here. It can be difficult adjusting to certain cultural things, though.

Monday, 12 December 2016

A day in the life of an English Language Assistant | Blogmas Day 12

Last Tuesday, I kept a diary of what I did during a day at work to write a post about a typical day of my year abroad as an English Language Assistant in France, as this is something I'd have loved to know more information about before I started my year.

07.30 - My alarm goes off to get up for work.We always have a late one on a Monday as we often have guests (usually Luke) on a Monday night then Lauren and I both tend to sit up lesson planning / Christmas shopping, so I'm usually knackered when I get up on a Tuesday! 

07.45 - My second alarm goes off. I really need to get up for work.

08.35 - After getting ready and eating breakfast, I have a bit of time to work on a Blogmas post before leaving for work.

09.00 - As I commute to work and it takes about an hour, I leave at 9am to get to the school on time. To get to work, I walk for about 10 minutes to the metro (unfortunately it's a different line to the metro stop that's round the corner from our flat). I travel on the metro outside of Lille and towards Villeneuve D'Ascq, where I work. I then have to get a bus, that drops me off about 10 minutes away from the school. The commute is usually quite pleasant as I just spend it reading. I prefer reading in English on my commute because the metro is underground, so I have no phone signal to look up words or terms that I don't understand in French! I'm currently reading "The Dinner" by Herman Koch.

10.10 - I start my first lesson of the day - a troisième class, so 15-year-olds. At this school, my role is to simply make the kids speak, so I organise activities to encourage conversation. This school are also very casual with what topic my lessons are on, as they prefer me to teach about things I enjoy. This week, I've been doing Christmas lessons. With the 3èmes, I'm doing a Christmas quiz, so I split them into teams and they compete in a Jeopardy style quiz (credit to Jess P for giving me the best website to create the quiz on!) against each other. To earn bonus team points in between questions, we play Christmas Pictionary and Christmas vocabulary tests. It seems to go down very well with the kids and Team Potato wins at the end of the class.

11.10 - I have a bit of time after this class to do boring assistant things, like responds to emails to teachers, photocopy some things for my next lesson and tweaking a couple of things that weren't perfect in the last lesson so that the next one goes better.

12.05 - Lunchtime! Lunches in French schools are SO good. I have tomato soup to start, chicken skewers, rice and tomato sauce for main, followed by cheese, fruit and a chocolate waffle. Divine.

12.45 - Lunches in France last forever - this school gives an hour and a half for the lunch break! One of the English teachers needs help delivering Christmas chocolates to different classrooms that the kids have ordered, so I spent some of the long break running between classes and dropping off bags.

13.35 - Lessons finally begin again. At this time on a Tuesday, I have my ULIS class, which is the class of kids who have disabilities or learning difficulties. It's one of my toughest classes, as I take the full class alone and the kids don't speak a word of English, but it's one of the most rewarding things I'm doing this year. We do a Christmas lesson where the kids learn vocabulary, then there are some games and spelling contests. The children did excellently, especially considering some of them don't even know the word "hello", and all of them now know at least ten Christmas words, and they were all super excited about it.

14.00 - I join one of the English teachers in her cinquième class, aiding in a lesson about fairytales. It's very interesting and I even get the chance to tell them the story of The Snowman when we have a spare five minutes at the end.

14.35 - Final lesson of the day is another troisième class, so I repeat the Christmas quiz lesson. It goes down just as well as with the first class, but this time Team Tomato triumph.

15.30 - School has finished for today! 

16.30 - I arrive home after a bus and metro ride home. The day hasn't finished yet, though. I have to plan lessons for the next week.

17.30 - I make dinner - burgers stuffed with cheddar cheese - as I Skype Daniel to catch up. 

17.45 - Lauren arrives home from her day at work! She works longer days than me, but works less of them, so she's usually home later than me.

18.00 - My cheeseburgers were amazing. Time to plan more of my lessons.

19.00 - Lauren and I leave for Franglish - the French/English language exchange that takes place in the city centre. It's a lot of effort after working during the day, but it's always very beneficial for my French skills.

19.30 - We arrive at Franglish just on time for it starting - Luke, Jess P, Nia and Beth had already arrived so we sit down where there's a space and get started on conversing with French people.

21.30 - When chatting to a Frenchman, we discuss the fact that Lauren and I are Scottish and there aren't many Scottish people here in Lille. He replies "There's one over there who I was speaking to earlier!" and points to a table behind us. Once Franglish ends, we speak to the girl he pointed out and voila, she's Scottish, and she's at Franglish with a Scottish friend!! We end up walking to the train station with Luke, Beth and the two Scottish girls, revelling in the fact that Scottish accent outnumber English ones for the first time since moving to Lille!

21.50 - We get a McDonald's before heading home. No shame.

22.20 - Lauren and I arrive home full of chicken nuggets and fatigue. I settle down in bed and finish off my Blogmas post for the next day. 

23.30 - I turn my light off and finally settle down to sleep. I don't have to set an alarm for the next day because Wednesday is my day off work, woop! Goodnight!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

My new year resolutions 2017 | Blogmas Day 11

At this time of year, lots of people reflect on their resolutions for the previous year. Frankly, my resolutions last year didn't quite go to plan, so instead of thinking about what I haven't achieved, I'm aiming to do better next year and I'm making a few resolutions that are hopefully realistic and I should be able to complete!

1. Get organised 2.0

One of last year's resolutions was to get organised and, although I'm more organised than I was this time last year, I want to keep going. In 2017, I want to get better at using a diary. I also want to invest in good stationery, as well as a decent small notebook that I can carry with me to write down all the new French vocabulary I'm learning. 

2. Get my eyes tested

It's been too many years since I last got an eye test, and I've always wanted to wear glasses, so this one is nice and simple.

3. Watch at least one French film a week

I'm watching more French things than ever before but I feel like when I leave France, I'll start slacking, so I'm determined to keep up my French language practise even when I'm at my busiest.

4. Fully scrapbook my time in France

I keep a scrapbook as it is, but I want to buy another blank scrapbook and make it my France book. This resolution also includes ensuring I keep tickets, leaflets and receipts from all the cool things I'm doing to add to the scrapbook.

5. Visit three new countries

I'm living in a city that is very much a travel hub, and I really want to take advantage of this fact. On my list of priorities are Switzerland (to visit Katie) and Luxembourg. Hopefully, I'm able to achieve this!

If you have any resolutions, please let me know to give me some inspiration to add more resolutions to my list!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Going cruelty free | Blogmas Day 10

Animal testing is something that always sparks opinions and discussion. Realistically, we live in a world where there isn't any need to test cosmetics and beauty products on animals. This is why, for the past six months, I've been attempting to convert to cruelty free.

I care about animals, but things such as going vegetarian/vegan are massive life commitments. However, going cruelty free with cosmetic products is something that isn't life-altering - it's actually quite easy. That's why I decided to go down this route, as such a small lifestyle change could make a huge different to the world of animal testing.

There are many brands that I now don't buy because of their policies on testing on animals, and some of my former favourites are included in this. My favourite red lipstick came from MAC; my favourite liquid liner came from L'Oreal; almost the rest of my face came from Benefit. I decided that I would continue to use these products that I had bought, as I didn't want to waste my money. When they ran out, I would not re-purchase and I would find an alternative from a brand that does not test on animals.

By doing this, I've discovered some excellent brands and very high quality products, and without sounding preachy, it makes me feel good when I choose a cruelty-free product over an alternative that endorses animal testing. After starting the conversion to cruelty free, I've discovered brands such as Jeffree Star, Too Faced, Makeup Geek and many others that I had never considered before. I'm now at a stage where all of my previously bought non-cruelty free products have ran out, and the only products I use are those that are cruelty free (or ones that have been bought for me as gifts).

I'd strongly encourage everyone to at least consider switching up some of their cosmetic products for those that are cruelty free. We're living in an era where it is possible to run a beauty brand without testing on animals, and many brands are able to do this. It is no longer more financially viable to test on animals rather than through other methods, so there's no reason for brands to do it - and that is something I'm passionate about. I'd love to eventually make the switch with more products I buy, such as household products, as it takes very little effort and contributes to a good cause. To discover which brands are cruelty free, I use logicalharmony, as they research every brand individually before endorsing them as cruelty free (you can also check if brands are vegan).

I hope this all came across okay and didn't come across as too preachy. I don't judge anyone at all for the products they choose to use! However, if you are interested in changing up some of your cosmetic products, check out logicalharmony, as they're really one of the most reliable sources for up-to-date information.

Friday, 9 December 2016

My year abroad bucket list (so far!) | Blogmas Day 9

I feel like most people on a #yahabroad have some form of bucket list, whether it's a mental list or a formal, typed document. I'm somewhere in the middle - my most important things are written down but the rest is in my head. It's hard to believe I'm already nearing the halfway point of my time in France, so it's a great time to reflect on what I've completed so far on my list.

I've visited Disneyland Paris

This was top of my bucket list for moving to France. Disneyland is a place I've always been desperate to visit, and I have no excuse now that I live only 90 minutes away. It was as magical as I'd anticipated, and you can take a nosy at some of my photos here.

I've visited Belgium

When I went interrailing last year, my favourite place was Belgium. I live so close to the Belgian border that I knew I really wanted to take advantage and visit again during my time in Lille. I visited Brussels in October (read about it here), and I'm off to Bruges tomorrow, so I've definitely achieved this.

I've done lots of little Lille things

It's important to me that I enjoy the city I live in, as well as doing lots of travelling. I feel like I really now know the city of Lille and I've settled in nicely - a bit of a boring entry on the bucket list but one that was necessary for me! I've now seen lots of the city (including the zoo which was my priority for exploring Lille).

I've done Christmas-y activities

At home, the only nearby Christmas activities are in Glasgow (which is a bit crap, and there's not even an ice rink this year) and Edinburgh, which is truly fantastic but isn't the closest to where I live. Here, festivities are everywhere. The Lille markets are small but brilliant. I've been to Arras twice for ice-skating and a much bigger market, and as I said, tomorrow I'm visiting Bruges for one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Festivities here are generally much better than at home so this one wasn't difficult to achieve - even small areas have lovely Christmas lights and displays!

What's next? I'm hoping to visit lots more places - definitely another trip up to the Netherlands as well as Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as more of France. I wish to also make the most out of my time in Lille, with visits to more of its museums, seeing more of its parks, going to a French football game and embarking out of the city centre a bit more often. It's also time to start considering next year - I need to come up with a dissertation topic very soon for returning to my studies next year!

If you have any suggestions for how else I should best use my time in Lille, please comment below and let me know! 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

An introduction to Scottish vocabulary | Blogmas Day 8

It happens daily. In the middle of a conversation with one of my English/Welsh/American friends, I'll say something and my friend's face will suddenly go blank. I've said a Scottish word. A word I had never realised is only used in Scotland, and I have to explain its definition. My non-Scottish friends, this one is for you! Here are 11 typically Scottish words that I've had to explain the meanings of since befriending you all.

eejit - an idiot

ned - a chav

hen - pet name / term of endearment

braw - great 

glaikit - a glazed expression on someone's face

loch - a Scottish lake (contrary to common belief outside of Scotland, it isn't spelled "lock")

feart - scared

Hogmanay - New Year's Eve

greet - cry

steaming - drunk 

peely wally - ill-looking

I look forward to you all trying to pronounce these next time I see you all ;)


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

"All my friends are bloggers" | Blogmas Day 7

In case you're looking for other year abroad blogs to follow, a few of the friends I've made here are also blogging their year, so I thought it was time to dedicate a post to them and their wonderful writing, as they're all very different but they're as fabulous as each other! 


Jess is one of my favourite bloggers! She updates every week or so and her blog is very much her personal diary - she's honest about the bad things that happen, but she's also very open about when things are going well. Jess is living with a French family this year, and she goes on some excursions and trips with them which are definitely off the beaten track. She also shares lots and lots of photos!

Luke is our honorary third flatmate, so on his blog there are lots of mentions of Lauren and me! He's also very good at the honest side of things, and he breaks up his week/fortnight into sections to keep the good and the bad separated. He attends Le Waf often, so look out for cute puppy photos too!

Nia is one of the funniest people I know, and it really comes across in her writing. She discusses the big trips and excursions, and also the little accomplishments of living abroad. I just adore her writing and I can't read one post without re-reading them all. Nia, if you're reading this, plz update more!

So if you're interested, go show them some love! I always find it interesting to read different perspectives on similar situations!