The End is Nigh

10 Days left…….

My semester in France is quickly coming to a close, much quicker than I thought possible. When I think back on my last three months here I am amazed at how much I have been able to do and learn. I started off my semester worrying that I wouldn’t be able to speak a word of French and that no one would be able to understand me and now I’m concerned about my listening skills. I know that I have improved dramatically but sometimes I just struggle to completely understand a sentence, although I’m not sure if it’s because the other person is using more slang than I understand.

I had to do an exam on Monday to see if I have improved at all in my language abilities. Not sure if the culture section will have helped me in that aspect and also the final essay was a nightmare. “Do you think that gaining French nationality should be made easier?” <<<< That is the rough translation of my question. Now, I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t think I could have answered that question in English so there was very little hope of me being able to write a good answer in French. I couldn’t think of any reasons why it should and shouldn’t be helped. So I’m kind of thinking that the test will say that I’ve done worse than before which is a little upsetting as I know that my understanding of the language has improved, I even understand “lequel” a little bit now. Which is a huge success for me.

On Sunday, it was my birthday! So I am now officially an adult. I don’t like it. I still hope that Neverland can save me but I have a sneaky suspicion that my hopes may not be enough to make this one thing work. I celebrated it in quite a reserved manner by going to visit the upside down house in the centre of Lille. It took a while to get into the house but I think it was worth it. It was nice to see something else from Lille 3000. The floor was really difficult to stand on it as it sloped in a roof like manner and because there had been so many people walk in and out of it the floor was wet and it felt you would just fall into a wall.

Ryan came up to visit me last weekend as well, it was nice to show him around where I live and let him see what I get up to in France (sleep and sit on facebook). He took me out for a really nice meal on Saturday and we had a Chicken Korma on the Sunday. Unfortunately we had to eat it really fast as we had dropped off and he needed to catch a coach at 9pm which meant that we had to leave for around 8pm but we left late and luckily (or not so luckily) his coach was late as well which meant that he could go home and go to his lectures with no problems.

This weekend, I’m going to visit him again. It will be really nice as I will be able to see him on his birthday. Although he’s already opened his presents from me whilst he was here as I didn’t think I would get to see him again. It will be nice to head of to Germany and it also means I will have to do my dissertation work as I won’t have the internet for 5 days and I will have nothing to distract me as Ryan has exams and stuff to revise for. Just realised I’m spending half of my remaining time in Germany, how strange is that. Hopefully I will have more to say next time.

Lauren x

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