Erasmus isn’t all games and no work, well maybe.

I was going to do a vlog this week (as I haven’t done one yet) but thanks to the lovely insects that live in my room I have three rather horrible marks on my face and I don’t think people would appreciate that. So I think I will attempt to do one when I’ve got my good looks back (which may take a while).

Time seems to be flying by so quickly here. It seems like I’ve hardly been here when in fact I’ve been here for a month, it’s crazy! However, the downside to this is that I have to have my dissertation proposal submitted and confirmed. I don’t know what I’d do if I was told that my idea isn’t good enough as it has taken me enough time to think of it as it is. I’m currently struggling through the aim of my dissertation as I’m not overly good at planning any of my work out beforehand. I’m just glad that I will be able to deviate from this first plan and hopefully my dissertation will grow because of it. The main problem is that I have to write between 50 and 100 words and I never know how many is an adequate amount. Currently I’m stuck at 51 but there is no way to expand it without actually starting my main essay =/ Hopefully 51 will be enough as I think that is what I’m going to send of when I have planned out the timetable and the chapter headings. For anyone who is going to be doing this in the near future, I would suggest coming up with your dissertation idea  a good few months before you need to as then you won’t have to stress and worry about what you have to do.

Luckily, it hasn’t been all stress about dissertations. Last weekend I went to Paris for the day with the university. I feel like I should just up and move to Paris at this rate. It was a little strange to go and look at some many things in one day. I was with my friend Jenny and we spent 3 hours in the Louvre and looked at around at the Egyptian and Greek statues, and of course the Mona Lisa. We also went to Notre Dame and climbed all the way up the stairs to the very top of the building! My legs still have slight twinges of pain even now from it. Whilst we were up there we saw a demonstration by supporters of “Le Front National”, it was quite interesting to see how other Parisians reacted to it. There were so many police everywhere and they had encircled the protesters. As we left that area to take the metro to the Sacre Coeur, we saw that there were 3 riot vans and a massive group of riot police waiting to one side. It shows just how aggressive the protests in France can become. Overal, the day was really lovely. We did so much and we only had 9 hours in which to do everything we wanted, apart from see L’Arc de Triomphe but I’m sure that can be done on another day.

On a positive note, I have finally managed to get my timetable finished! I now that have to worry about what to do but I do have some problems as I haven’t been to some of the classes yet as I wasn’t sure what I should be doing and I didn’t know which classes I needed to go to. I’m hoping that the lecturers will take me in.

Lauren x

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