It’s been a while since I made a post, the idea of doing one every week has truly gone out of the window… and for that I apologize (mainly to my dad – sorry dad).
Life in Grenoble has been pretty decent. It’s beginning to get a lot colder which is very exciting – anything that resembles something relatively Christmassy gets me very excited! I am always ready for Christmas, but this year it also means coming home to see my family and boyfriend and so it is even more special! It is less than 5 weeks until I go home now which is absolutely insane – where has the time gone?
I have also heard from Parma now. I need to start doing bits of paperwork to arrange that properly. I have to say that I am not that excited to go to Parma right now – the idea of going through all the administration that I did for Grenoble again -and most probably more- is hurting my soul…
Everything feels very normal here, I’ve got into my routine so I am well and truly settled. My classes are:
Monday – Lexicology; Intro to Linguistics; Italian (A2.2);
Tuesday – French Grammar (Erasmus only); Tennis (yeahh I know); English Theatre;
Thursday – Translation FR-EN/EN-FR (Erasmus only); Social Problems in Modern France (Erasmus only); My final one’s name won’t mean anything to anyone but we basically learn how to argue in French by reading articles (Erasmus only)
All lessons are two hours long; those hours do not include a lecture and a seminar – just 2 hour lectures…
All my modules are worth 3 credits; I need to pass at least 20 credits this term and then 20 in Parma. So, my 27 credits allow me to fail a few modules if they are really too hard; I feel like I understand what is going on in class but I have no idea what the exams will be like.
Exam time is the first week of January starting Monday the 2nd but I chose modules where the examinations are in the final week in December – this did mean a lot of extra agg in the first few weeks when sorting out my modules, but I have no regrets whatsoever. Therefore, when I leave here in December, I leave for good – eeek!
A few weekends ago, me and my friends rented a chalet on Airbnb from Friday to Sunday. It was situated just north of Grenoble, near the Parc naturel régional de Chartreuse – a perfect hiking place! When I say hiking it was more just fourteen of us wandering around the woods gazing at the stunning views and stopping for lunch.. not exactly intensive hiking but it was still a great trip! Our chalet was cosy and clean with amazing views – what more could you ask for? I believe the weekend cost us around 50 euros each including the food we bought and prepared at the chalet. I would definitely recommend doing something like this to anyone who has the opportunity!
Over two recent weekends I’ve had two separate visits from family which have been lovely. We basically crammed in as many French(ish) activities and outings as possible. This includes: a visit to a cat café; two generic -but very necessary – walks up the Bastille (an old fort up a mountain that looks over the whole of Grenoble – a view that can be seen in the form of almost every Grenoble Erasmus student’s Facebook cover photo); a trip to Lyon; a trip to Annecy and many glasses of wine…
After being here for a few weeks and once the novelty had worn off, I got quite lazy and didn’t put much effort into going to new places. So, when my brother was here, I had to try extra hard to find places for us to go to – it was fun becoming a tourist again!
This Saturday a few of us went to the stadium in Grenoble to watch Grenoble (FCG) vs. Bordeaux-Bègles. It was the first rugby game I’ve ever been to and I really enjoyed it. For 5 euros you can’t go wrong anyway, but it was great! I especially loved the chanting:
“ICI, ICI, C’EST GRENOBLE”
“ALLEZ LES MAMMOUTHS” (just to be clear: mammoths are the mascots for Grenoble)
I’d love to give a full description about how they played and all, but I know nothing about rugby. I will just say that in my opinion we played well but we lost 22-24. That didn’t matter to me though, I was chanting in French!
That’s all folks!
À bientôt, j’espère! x