Nancy by michellefouineur
Emily spent her year abroad in Raon L'Étape in the Lorraine Region of France. Read on as she fills the year abroad blanks...My name is: Emily
I'm studying: French and TESOL
For my year abroad I went to: Raon L'Étape in the Lorraine Region for seven months
While I was there I: taught English in two primary schools.
Five words to describe my year away are: Challenging, insightful, rewarding, educational, unforgettable.
My top tips for anyone going there are: To be prepared to feel lonely, fed up, scared etc when first arriving, but this soon changes so stick with it. Take advantage of being abroad to explore and meet new people, as you may not get the chance to do this again in the future. And finally, never pass up an opportunity to practise speaking with the locals; they won't laugh at you if you make a mistake, in fact they'll be happy you're making the effort and will help you...You maybe even make some friends by doing this.
The cleverest people find accommodation: By getting in touch with their contact abroad first.
Don't leave without: Warm clothes, a pocket dictionary and photos of home.
The best night out is: In Nancy at a gig in L'Autre Canal or just simply round its bars.
When your parents visit: Take advantage of their car (if they bring it) to explore the places you can't normally get to.
My favourite lunch place: Brioche Dorée. Cheap, cheerful and delicious.
My best place for a hot date: In your own apartment, with local wine and food!
On a Sunday: Plan ahead and don’t get caught out by the closed shops!
The most useful website I found was: www.thirdyearabroad.com
If you want to fit in quickly, you should: Have an article about you written up in the town's newspaper...The locals will stop you in the streets to talk to the 'exotic foreigner' who has landed in town!