1. Language: I have probably learned equal amounts of English slang from the Irish and English as I have French! For example:
- Jokes – ‘she is so jokes’ UK version of crack up
- Your man – ‘your man was saying…’ Irish version of that guy, I think?
- So – ‘It was a great night so’ Irish version of aye
- Peng – ‘that shirt is so peng’ UK version of cool
2. Made in Chelsea: At first I thought it was terrible – so many silent, awkward moments – but suddenly I am addicted. Bloody English! Credit to Grace, Molly and Serena for getting me into this one
3. Speculoos: Ok so not exactly a new concept to me, I discovered this in Japan but it deserves a mention. Best. Thing. Ever. It is a caramel kind of biscuit flavoured spread. A spoon and a jar of this will brighten any day, no matter how bad!
4. Dogs: By this I mean how ridiculously small dogs can be to the point where their little tiny legs actually struggle to walk. More like rats than dogs if you ask me.
5. Food: Baked Camembert drizzled with honey and topped with baked apple. Camembert cheese naan bread. Foie gras. First proper French ratatouille. Chartreuse (a very strong digestive liqueur). Milka chocolate. Christmas-flavoured tea. Citrus tarts with raspberries. Fresh, fresh bread.
6. Economics: So I decided I had to take one challenging paper and considering I had never studied economics before I thought 4th year Development Economics was the one for me. I am pleasantly surprised at how interesting it is, despite being 4 hours long.
7. Paul: The best patisserie/boulangerie chain ever.
8. Humidity: Walking at a snail’s pace here and you still arrive at your destination ridiculously frazzled and sweaty!
9. My French bank account: Took a long time to set up but I officially have an overseas bank account with debit card included!
10. Last but not least…adjusting to the slow pace of French life means I have had to take a step back and actually enjoy each moment and experience rather than thinking and planning ahead.