Wednesday, 30 May 2012

La fin


Today is my last day in France.

Currently I'm sat in my nearly empty room putting off having to clean it from head to toe.  These past couple of days have been a blur but amazingly I've managed to get everything done.  It feels strange packing up and tying loose ends up, it's like I've done a complete circle of my year abroad now.  Yesterday my friend drove me and my boxes to DHL so I could have them sent to Cardiff.  I ended up having 61kg worth of stuff.  Oops.  Today the French train service is coming by to picking up my last suitcase so they can send that to Germany for me.  I have far too much stuff.    

Tomorrow I've got a long journey ahead of me, I'll be traveling for 12 hours but I've forked out the money for first class tickets.  If I'm going to take the train all that way for such a long time then it might as well be in comfort.  

I can't believe that this is really it, that my year abroad is already over.  It feels like I only arrived here yesterday and moved into my little studio.  Time really does fly. 

Next time you hear from me I'll be in Germany.

More soon
x
Nina


Monday, 28 May 2012

Sweet Disposition

Top: TopShop. Shorts: Pull & Bear. Shoes: Vans. Lipstick: MAC's Sail La Vie.

I enjoy how tanned my legs look in these photos.  Finally the sun is having the desired effect.

These are just some quick photos from Saturday night.  My friends and I went to a dub step night, and I wasn't really sure how to dress for it so went with my trusty TopShop mustache top and comfy shoes.  Tried to go for the ~alternative look.  My Pull & Bear shorts are very short but I'm embracing it and leaving my tights at home for the summer now.  Also I've been asked this before but my hair is all my own, no extensions for me.  I'm in desperate need of a hair cut but I want it to be longer than it is now.  #Girlproblems.

I'm finally organised for my departure, made all the necessary calls to sort everything out.  My suitcase is being picked up by the French train service (SNCF) and they're sending that to Germany for me.  I'm packing up my room into two boxes and another big suitcase which I'm taking to DHL with a friend on Tuesday afternoon so they can send that to Cardiff.  Then it's rise and shine at 6am to get my train to Germany on Thursday.  Can't believe how quickly these past few days have gone.  I'm so looking forward to being home, you have no idea.   I also never realised how much stuff I actually cart around with me and how many clothes I have that I just never wear.  Going to have to have a clean out when I'm back home and bring things to the charity shop.

More soon
x
Nina

Friday, 25 May 2012

Things I'll miss about France


Suffering from slight France nostalgia already and I've not even left yet.  As with most things in my life I know that once I'm back home I'll miss France a lot and wish I could go back.  Whilst I've been here I've been desperate to go back home to Cardiff.  But there you go, such is life.  

Whilst the ERASMUS year hasn't lived up to all my expectations and been very different to what I imagined I'm so fortunate to have had a great year in a lovely town surrounded by great people. I've seen lots of things and felt truly independent.  At the moment I'm SO close to wrapping things up here (which better be the case as I'm leaving in 6 days) but it all still feels so far away.  Still lots of anxiety, this time I'm having to do it all on my own without my parents here to help so the emails and texts have been bouncing back and forth.


Wish me luck!

x
Nina

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Little life update

Peter Pan collar: Pull & Bear.  Shirt: men's section H&M.  Lipstick: Vegas Volt by MAC

So sometime this May it's my blog's 1 year birthday.  Which brings me onto the main little life update: I'm going back home to Germany one week on Thursday.  My 9 month stint in France is going to be over.  The main reason why I started this blog was because I wanted to document parts of my year abroad.  Blogs are very self indulgent in a way because obviously you're talking a lot about yourself.  But for me, travel is very important.  You have to get out of your comfort zone and open your eyes a little wider so that life doesn't become too monotone.  I wanted to show in my blog that whilst going abroad can be very stressful (see my earlier entries from this time last year and you'll know what I mean), it can also be very beautiful.  I've seen so many exciting places and met so many amazing people.  I can't believe that this time last year I was planning to come to France having only just found out where my placement was going to be. I was worrying about opening bank accounts and applying for university.  Now I'm worrying about closing my bank account and getting my leaving paperwork from my French university in order.

There's still a lot for me to organise before I leave.  I have to get my leaving paperwork in order, shut my bank account, somehow pack all my things up and find a company that will ship them to Wales for me (this is harder than you think) and all at the same time my best friend and I are currently half way through signing for our new flat slap bang in the centre of Cardiff.  It's awkward because obviously I'm in France so the brunt of the work has fallen on my best friend but she's a trooper and a star so has taken it all without complaints.


Life here in France hasn't always been easy and now it's time to go home.  I haven't been to Great Britain since the last day of June and I miss it so much it makes my heart ache sometimes. I get to spend a wonderful month and a half with my family before it's time for me to settle back in my home in Wales and get on with my last year of university.  Once all the hype dies down and after a few days of being back home I'll do a full ERASMUs report, right now my mind is in a flurry and the next few days are going to be hectic.  I'm just so excited to finally come home and be in a place where I understand everything and to have my family around me.


I also crossed the 100 followers threshold! Thank you so much for following me and for your kind words. Once I'm back in Germany I'll see about doing a little giveaway or something.  I'd love to do a little French themed one here, but I don't have the time to get it together and I don't trust the post.  So keep your eyes peeled :)


More soon
x
Nina

Monday, 21 May 2012

Cannes


Oh my what a gorgeous weekend I've had.  I'm devastated that it's over I want to do it all over again. Cannes was beautiful and absolutely heaving! We went in on Saturday to the film festival but sadly didn't see any celebrities.  It gets so manic and busy that I don't think celebrities venture out into the town because it'd cause pandemonium, they all retreat to their gorgeous yachts.  So much glamour and class in Cannes, it's made me even more determined to get a well paying job so I can enjoy just a tiny tiny fraction of the luxury of Cannes.  

We walked around the old town and had a beautiful view from a church on the hill top.  Then we walked along the beautiful beach and nearly crashed an interview of two French actors because we got stuck behind the pop up restaurants that were built on the beach, and we had to run through an invite only restaurant to get back onto the boulevard.  Always funny.  My friends and I felt as if there was some big secret going on at Cannes that we weren't let in on, obviously there were a lot of paparazzi who were running around taking pictures.  I've come to the conclusion that being a paparazzo is a really creepy job, they all knew where the celebrities were staying and having dinner etc.  Super creepy.  But what I'd love to do though is go back to Cannes sometime again when it's not film festival to really enjoy it in peace and quiet, but still there's still got something to be said about a beautiful city buzzing with well dressed people and a great atmosphere.  Won't be forgetting this trip too quickly.

More soon
x
Nina

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Nice & Cannes essentials

H&M cat eye sunglasses, M.A.C lipstick in red, Lola by Marc Jacobs, Superdrug Salt Spray for wavy hair, Diana mini camera and studded Pull & Bear shorts.


So the girls and me decided yesterday that we wanted to go to Nice and then for a another little visit to Cannes for the 65th Cannes Film Festival.  And we're going away tomorrow.  I'm beyond excited.  The Côte d'Azur is one of the most beautiful places on earth and I can't wait to go to Cannes for the Saturday of the film festival for some celebrity spotting.
I've packed a little suitcase full of mix match outfits but here's a little photo showing you some of my essentials for the weekend.  I'm so excited for a weekend away, I've got a lot of anxiety at the moment about packing up and leaving so a little weekend away should do the trick to calm my nerves.

See you on Monday with hopefully lots of beautiful photos and stories to share with you.

x
Nina


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Americana

Shorts: New Yorker.  Shirt: flea market

I've been seeing the 'americana' theme everywhere recently.  From Company magazine to blogs I read.  So I thought I might as well do my version of it.  Picked this shirt up from the flea market a few weeks ago.  The print was so amazingly tacky I couldn't not buy it.  I'm going through an 'ugly clothes' phase.  The tackier the print the more I love it.  I've paired it with my USA shorts, it's all very obvious but I enjoy it nonetheless.  

Got some very exciting things planned, the girls and I decided today that we wanted to go to the Cannes Film festival and stay in Nice this weekend.  It was a better idea in the planning because nearly every single hostel is booked out but we shall persevere. 

more soon
x
Nina


EDIT:


Hostel is booked, going to Nice on Friday and hitting up Cannes for the Film Festival on Saturday.  Living the dream.

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