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Back in France: Life Update

16 Nov 2014

I'm not really quite sure how to interpret the past few weeks. Life has been very, very up and down. A big decision has been made which has left me with very mixed feelings, and I can't decide whether I'm feeling more or less like myself right now. In fact, I can't even decide whether that sentence makes sense, but I guess it just goes to prove how muddled I am feeling. The distractions here in France have also died down, mainly due to a change in weather and workloads increasing, and as someone who is incredibly extroverted, I am struggling a bit. I am the type of person who wants to be doing something 7/7 days a week. I am the type of person who hates staying in bed all day (unless I have a horrendous hangover), because I will end up over-thinking every aspect of my life, and creating problems that aren't necessarily there. I also have to stop and remind myself sometimes that I am 21, so all these minor stresses don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Anyway, this is the reason why I've not been blogging much recently, because life has most definitely got in the way.

Okay so, emotional out pour aside, here are a few things I've been doing/enjoying since I've been back:
enjoying the Montpellier nightlife; 
baking blondies our new mini oven; 
missing an essay deadline for the first time in my life because I misheard the date; 
actually feeling confident after a French grammar test; 
making gnocchi pasta bake for the first time (this newbie didn't even realise gnocchi was a thing);
finding cheddar cheese in the french supermarkets;
sampling toffee vodka (which is actually quite nice by the way); 
randomly meeting a guy from right by my hometown in a club; 
venturing to new, adorable cafes & sampling their vanilla chai lattes; 
finding the perfect, cosy, soft scarf in Zara;
buying a Disney Princesses Advent Calendar;
indulging in the same salted caramel and chocolate melt in the middle dessert multiple times; 
acting like a mama hen and delivering food to my poorly, bed ridden friend all week; 
helping calm my flatmate down about going on a date with a French guy; 
being very impressed and proud of my flatmate going on a date with a French guy; 
trying to decide whether I want to get an internship, full time job or do Camp America this Summer;
writing a bucket list for my year abroad;
smiling a lot when restaurant owners I walk past everyday recognise me;
enjoying the fact that Montpellier still has blue skies and sunshine;
playing Christmas songs and planning our apartment decorations.

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Home Sweet Home

4 Nov 2014
My time in England has come to an end, and if I'm going to be completely honest, I have very mixed feelings about being back in France. I'm really happy that I get to see and go out with all the amazing people I've met here again, and have already celebrated two birthdays since being back (detox week has definitely ended!), but boy am I not looking forward to the stress of the next few weeks. Remember what I said about the universities here being very disorganised, and me having no idea what's going on? Well that's not really changed, and as much as I joke about not caring how I do in my classes, I really do care, and after one disastrous exam a few weeks ago I am seriously feeling the stress!

Anyway, enough of my gibbering and onto some pictures from my week at home!

1. Baking Belgian Buns
2 - 4. Going for Dog walks with my family and darling little dog
5. Full English Breakfasts
6. A delicious traditional pub dinner with my sister Tash and parents
7. Adoring the autumnal Colours
8. Watching a beautiful sunset in Brighton
9. Baking a Chocolate Orange Cake
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Breakfast at Bill's in Farnham

2 Nov 2014

So, Bill's only went and opened up a restaurant within ten minutes drive from my home town whilst I was in France...

Naturally, this meant that a trip down to Farnham for Bill's breakfast was top of my itinerary when I went back home for a week. I actually read said itinerary out to a few friends before I left France and they all joked about how everything was food related... sorry not sorry guys, food should always take centre stage.

I ordered their Super Green Smoothie because I have this issue with hot drinks in the morning, does anyone else get this too? I just can't deal with a cup of anything warm! I have no idea what was in it, but that was probably for the best as I'm one of those annoying people who freaks out when a food item is mentioned that sounds odd! I get this smoothie all the time though and it is always absolutely delicious, and tastes so healthy too!

Mum and Tash went for the Full English on Sourdough bread (an excellent addition!) It was delicious and the bacon was oh so crispy which always gets top marks for me. I love a gourmet breakfast, but I can't help missing the £3.50 bog-standard breakfasts we used to get the morning after a night out in Leeds. I mean, on a whole obviously gourmet style is the best style, but sometimes you just need a classic diner style Full English, don't you?!

I of course went for the pancakes. Just like any other British folk I love my Full English Breakfasts, but pancakes are my all time favourite food and I just couldn't resist Bill's 'American Blueberry Pancakes'. As predicted, they were ultra yummy and everything I wanted in my pancakes that morning.

Bill's is still up there with my favourite restaurants in England (and quite possibly takes the number one spot), and a little birdie told me they're beginning to move further North which is very exciting news. Fingers crossed they'll be one when I return to Leeds in final year!
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