I found out about TAPIF through a teacher of mine way back in the fall of 2014, about three years before my arrival in Pau. Throughout those three years I scoured the internet for information about the program. Blogs, photos, experiences. I wanted to know what to expect, what regions people preferred, and what to put in my application when the time came to give it that extra something.
I think about the future more often than I’d like to admit. Whether it’s an internship for the summer, or graduate school a few years away, it feels like I’m always trying to plan and plan and plan. But something I’ve come to realize is that sometimes plans are either going to change or be thrown out the window entirely, and that’s okay.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Valencia. Some people mentioned that it wasn’t anything particularly special. But those people were wrong, because both Liz and I thought it was absolutely spectacular.
Thursday the 15th began with a six and a half hour bus ride from Madrid to Sevilla, bringing us into the city mid-afternoon!
For stop number two of my February break, Liz and I spent three days in Madrid! While it wasn’t my favorite spot to see (placing last in my preferences for this vacation), it definitely didn’t disappoint!
Okay, so the February vacation posts are a little delayed….but better late than never!
For this vacation, I traveled with Liz, one of my friends here in Pau. We decided that for the vacation we would do a trip all over Spain, so we decided on four cities: San Sebastian, Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia.
My semester in Nice was absolutely incredible. But my only regret with it was that I didn’t travel around as much as I should have. Sure, I traveled a lot during the vacations. But most weekends I stayed in Nice. Sometimes I would wander or get together with friends, but a lot of weekends I stayed in my host family’s apartment and didn’t do much. I didn’t take advantage of the travel opportunities as much as I should have.
Investing in a DSLR was, hands down, one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. I remember when I studied in Nice I had a point-and-shoot since I didn’t quite know if I’d really enjoy photography, which I quickly found out I loved! Deciding to upgrade over the summer was the logical next step.
If you are, or have been, an assistant in France that did not live in the European Union, you probably know about OFII (L’Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Integration), since you, like me, need a visa to legally work here. For some it can be tricky/complicated, so here was what the process was like for me. For questions about the general visa process, visit my post here! Continue reading “The OFII adventure”
It seems like 2017 was a pretty terrible year for a lot of people. All over social media I see people talking about how the year constantly kicked them down, how horrible it was for them, and how happy they are for it to be over. Looking back on it, there were definitely quite a few terrible events that happened around the world. But for me personally this was one of the best years I remember.