La Mure, France
- small, quiet, mountains, snow, pretty
Living in a small place like La Mure, I felt like I'd exhausted the things to do there after 9 months. I thought that integrating and immersing myself into the local community and culture was the hardest challenge of the stay - but by far the most rewarding. After a few weeks, you start to feel at ease with the place. The people are really welcoming and there is a real feeling of a close community and pride over the surrounding area. La Mure is a very small commuter town with very little night life but great access to the 'outdoors'. I was able to travel very easily using Grenoble
as a hub. Places I visited included Paris
, Geneva, Marseille
, and many parts of the Rhône-Alps.
Useful local words: 'Tarif étudiant', 'rital'.
What not to pack: Cutlery.
What to pack: Some good travel writing.
Couldn't have done without: My passport and student card.
Word of advice: Expect the unexpected regarding Assistantship placements, be brave, don't turn down any invites and enjoy yourself.
TM, French, Bristol University