Elise Downie

Elise is in France on her year abroad from University of Strathclyde. She is linked with Marr College in South Ayrshire.

Mon premier blog- getting organised!

Bonjour tout le monde! Hope you are all enjoying your school year so far! When we first met I still knew very little about where I would be going in France. All I knew at that point was that I would be somewhere in the region of Bordeaux in south west France. Now, however, I know for certain that I am going to be in Bordeaux city! Perhaps you can look on the map to see whereabouts that is! Below I've shared a photo of myself from a little trip to Bordeaux I made this summer whilst flat hunting. I am in la Place de la Bourse which is a famous square in Bordeaux with a really cool water fountain called the miroir d'eau. 

I also know now that I will be working with children in a nursery and in a primary school so much younger than you all! Hopefully I can send some pictures of them and my classes throughout the year so that you can get an idea of what primary school would be like for you in France.

Right now my main focus is sorting out my new French apartment (un appartement in French). I am going to live with two French girls who both study in Bordeaux. Maybe you will hear more about them too throughout the year! Our flat has un salon, trois chambres, deux salles de bains and une cuisine. It is on the premier étage of our building. One thing I learned from my experience flat hunting in France is that French advertisements would refer to a four bedroom flat as a ‘T4’ or a two bedroom flat as a ‘T2’ which could come in handy for some of you later on!

The only trouble is that my new flat has very little furniture so one of the first things I’ll do when I arrive is visit IKEA- very French! I am trying to make a list of all that I need, so far I have:

Un lit (bien sûr)

Une lumière

Une plante d’appartement

Une porte-vêtements

Un miroir

Des couverts

Do you have any more suggestions? What would be in your dream French bedroom? 

Can’t wait to write to you all again soon once I’m all settled in my new home for the year!


À bientôt!



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