“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Eleanor Hibbert

The final week of my time in France is upon me. In a week’s time, I’ll have left Laval for the last time and will be in (hopefully) sunny Toulouse; in just over two weeks’ time, I’ll be back in little old Lincoln for some well earned rest and relaxation. My feelings about this are summed up fairly well in this tweet: The goodbyes have … Continue reading “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Eleanor Hibbert

“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” – John Keats

My time in France is drawing to a close and, in less than four weeks from now, I will have left Laval for the last time. The fact that I’ve now been here for five months is bizarre; I’ve learnt and done so many things but, equally, I feel very ready to leave. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a great time. I didn’t know … Continue reading “Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

Oxford is many things, and the description you get of it depends very much upon who you ask; it is amazing and terrible, life-affirming and soul-destroying, and sometimes everything all at once. What seems to be universally agreed upon, however, is the fact that Oxford terms are of a mercilessly high intensity, with literally every hour of every day accounted for in some way, and … Continue reading “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

“La variété, c’est la vie, l’uniformité, c’est la mort.” – Benjamin Constant

There are only three weeks left until I finish work for two (hard-won) weeks of holiday at Christmas, meaning that I am now well over halfway through my time in France. My posts up until this point have contained little other than a continuous summary of my life in France and, as thrilling as that is, the time has probably come to begin reflecting more … Continue reading “La variété, c’est la vie, l’uniformité, c’est la mort.” – Benjamin Constant

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” – David Levithan

My blog posts all seem to start in the same way, so I might as well get it out of the way immediately: I’m sorry for not writing anything for absolutely ages. The apology must, of course, be followed by the same old excuse: I’ve been really busy. There. Now that that’s done and dusted, I’ll get on with telling you what’s been going on … Continue reading “What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” – David Levithan

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” – Anthony G. Oettinger

I write this feeling a tiny bit fragile after a lovely evening spent with friends as a final gathering for a couple of weeks. Matt and I are moving to the chateau today as the Toussaint stage for teenagers kicks off tomorrow, and our friends (the majority of whom are Teaching Assistants) who are lucky enough to have Toussaint as a holiday themselves are jetting off to … Continue reading “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” – Anthony G. Oettinger

“We’ll always have Paris.” – Howard E. Koch

The main photo of this post may lead some of you to think that I have taken a spontaneous trip to Paris (specifically Versailles) in the last few days without saying anything. Fear not, dear readers, for this is not the case: the photo was actually taken back in March, when I went to visit my lovely friend, Will, who was in the capital for the … Continue reading “We’ll always have Paris.” – Howard E. Koch