(Don't) Mind the Gap

(Don't) Mind the Gap Red house, Blue lake by HiP 1

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 15th February 2010 and has been read 14837 times.

Gap, France – quiet, charming, welcoming, pretty, small It was a fairly quiet town but it did have a theatre, three cinemas and a few bars. There weren't many young people, but I was still able to meet lots of locals and had a great time in the process. There were 8  other assistants, so we got the chance to organise many things together. I also lived with a family which was a great experience as it meant I was never lonely, always meeting different people, going to places with them and doing new things.  I made the most of the opportunities I had to travel. I went on a two week tour of France, visiting six major cities. I also went to the main towns of my region over the weekends.

Useful local words: ‘Le pinard’, ‘les tourtons’, ‘fada’.

What not to pack: Obvious, but really, too many clothes!

What to pack: Your suncream, camera and some music.

Couldn't have done without: Some chilled out time with my mp3 player.

Word of advice: You should definitely consider living with a family as it’s a great way to discover the real way of life and it is the best and easiest way to learn the language.

RA, French and Modern History, Queen’s University, Belfast


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