So I’ve been terrible at blogging during my time in France. I don’t know what to put it down to really. There was a lot of work in the last few months and preparing for exams was pretty stressful. None of us had any idea how we were going to do or what the exams would be like. Luckily I’ve now got my marks back and am happy to say I passed everything fine. I have to say though; exams in France were pretty strange. The exam conditions were not strict at all which was something very new for me. The exams themselves were a little strange, for example for one of my literature modules, despite studying more than one book, we only got one question, on one book. No choice at all. Luckily, I’d studied all the books really well so didn’t have a problem but am glad I didn’t use that tactic which I think is sometimes employed in England, where you hedge your bets and just study some of the texts well and not all of them.But anyway, EXAMS ARE DONE. I’ve had two weeks to relax back at home and am now in Córdoba, Spain. I absolutely love it here. Once again, I moved into a hostel for the first few days, but this time I had flat-hunting to contend with instead of moving into a university residence. Happily, it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it might be. I found my flat on about the 3rd day after arriving, but in fact I probably could have moved into one on the first day had I not hung on a little bit to see a few more. I’m really happy with my flat, it’s 5 minutes from my faculty and just across the road from where the old town begins with its beautiful high walls and gorgeous buildings.
I have a live-in landlady which some people may not enjoy at all but personally I love it. I’m not a huge party party person so it doesn’t bother me not having things like that here. I am of course welcome to bring whoever I like round and have whoever I like to stay…so friends reading this…book your tickets now!!! There are other students in the flat too, of various nationalities including Spanish so we ONLY speak Spanish here which is great and very helpful. They don’t mind correcting me and I’m picking up loads of little language tips as I go along. It’s also been great moving in with people who’ve already been here for the first term so I’ve had lots of great tips from them on living in the city. Last but not least, is the fact that we have our very own flat puppy (She’s not flat…she’s fully dimensional…she just came with the flat…!) She’s gorgeous and lovely, and doesn’t mind if I occasionally need to vent at her in English.
So my advice, for Spain at least, as rent is so cheap and it’s so easy to stay in a hostel when first arriving, is definitely search for a flat yourself!!! I’ve got friends living in residences that are paying crazy money whereas you can easily find a nice flat here for 250 euros a month MAXIMUM. Obviously it will be more expensive in bigger cities but here in Córdoba it’s great. Prices in general here are actually really low…food is so cheap! It feels amazing in comparison with France. It’s also fairly cheap to travel, this week I went to Granada for 24 euros return on the coach and stayed in the THE most beautiful hostel for only 11 euros a night. Absolute bargain and I have an amazing time. I seriously recommend going to Granada, there is so much to see. Next up on my travelling list is Cádiz Carnival next weekend and then the weekend after that I’m off on an ERASMUS coach trip to Salamanca, Cáceres and Mérida. I’ve not been to any of these places so I’m really excited. It should also be great for meeting people which is always good. As you can see I’m really trying to up my travelling this semester as there are so many places I want to go to and it’s never going to be as easy as it is this year. Who knows when we’ll get the next chance after graduating!
This is my last free weekend now before I start classes on Monday so I better get back to sorting things out but I promise to be much more active for this half of my year. It’s really nice to be able to look back here and relive what I’ve been up to so I must keep myself motivated to update. I’m going to be uploading all my photos to Flickr as well so here is a link if you would like to check them out. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to visit some of the places!