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Useful local words: "Cache-nez" (scarf in North of France), 'ça va aller' (very common).
What not to pack: Lots of books that I didn't read and cutlery etc that I should have bought in France.
What to pack: Some DVDs if you get bored easily!
Couldn’t have done without: My laptop, carte 12-25 and running shoes.
Word of advice: If you like a busy and vibrant lifestyle, don't go to a tiny village. Likewise, if you want to make lots of friends and have a close-knit group, avoid really big cities where you might feel lonely.
Lynn, English and French, Oxford University
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