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Lonely through language

Before starting my year abroad, I didn’t really know what to expect of my regional allocation: The Basque Country. I knew there were two co-official languages, that perhaps I might hear a little Basque in my workplace, and that it rains a lot. I am studying French and Spanish, and have already completed my time… Continue reading Lonely through language

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Alice’s Adventures in Le Pays Basque

Living in the Basque Country is like a constant, cultural learning curve. The language is far from Castellano/Castilian Spanish, the landscape is hugely different to parts of Spain I have seen before, and you may find yourself treading on someone's toes if you refer to them as Spanish, or indeed living in Spain. I learned this the hard way… Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Le Pays Basque

Alice's Adventures

Alice’s Adventures in Málaga

In search of a burst of sunshine and a day without Txirimiri on a rainy weekend in Bilbao, last week I flew down with three friends to Málaga. It's safe to say from the moment we stepped off the plane, we were pleasantly surprised with not only the drastic improvement in weather, but also the smiles from… Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Málaga

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The rain in Spain stays mainly…in Bilbao

Always thought the United Kingdom was the most rainy place you could visit?  Bilbao: European City of the Year 2018; and with so much to offer. But if you're planning a beach weekend away in sunny Spain, think again, for the majority of the year. I have been pleasantly surprised by this city: its mountainous backdrop,… Continue reading The rain in Spain stays mainly…in Bilbao

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Why you shouldn’t make language learning a ‘New Year’s resolution’

Another year, another new year's resolution. But why not make 2018 the year you choose one you'll actually stick to? The first week in January: a week of new beginnings, new ventures and the overwhelming guilt as your new year's resolution of going to the gym every day or eating ten portions of fruit and… Continue reading Why you shouldn’t make language learning a ‘New Year’s resolution’

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The five British things you didn’t think you’d miss on your Year Abroad

So you have begun your year-long adventure away from the comfort of your university city and friends. They watch in jealousy from rainy home soil whilst your social media is overflowing with beers in the sun, weekends travelling around Europe and very little evidence of anything remotely like work or studying. But whilst they groan… Continue reading The five British things you didn’t think you’d miss on your Year Abroad