On 1st May 2016, I decided to write a blog post on the first day of each month (at least throughout the summer) to kind of pinpoint this period of my life, which I’m spending living in the city of Bordeaux. The only condition to this series is that I must read my previous post before I write the new one.
This month has literally flew right before my eyes. It feels like only yesterday that I wrote my 1 June post. So much has happened this month, it’s crazy. Technically, I’m no longer even European. Insane.
Firstly, now I can believe I’ve been in France for this long. I’m so settled (in my home and work life), have such a great set of friends and loving life so much that it feels like Bordeaux is my home already. Also, because of the madness of the Euros, I worked a lot this month and I spent a ridiculous number of days in the bar I work at either working or drinking this month.
I’ve had a couple of interesting relations this month too. There’s been some unfortunate events, and some arguments, but I couldn’t be happier with the people I have around me. I truly couldn’t have asked for greater people to have had the chance to meet, and for that I’m very thankful.
On a more, slightly erratic, note, I’ve now pretty much decided that I’m staying here for an extra year. I’m finalising everything with my uni, and once I’ve spoken to my boss about it, I’m going to commit and remove myself from Glasgow Uni for a whole year.
This topic has been a huge one on my mind this month. Of course, it’s a huge decision, and there are negatives and positives to both. However, deep down I truly feel like the right thing to do for me at this moment is stay here, and really make a life here to improve my French. I mean if I can do it, why shouldn’t I, y’know? Of course, when I go back it’ll be a little harder than normal to adjust to uni life, most of my friends will be gone and it will have officially taken me 6 years to complete a degree.
But you know what? I’m only 21, I’ll still be graduating when I’m 22, which is before some people even start their degree. My French will have a lot longer to improve and I can immerse myself in the French life. And to be honest, I’d consider this one of the happiest times of my life, because I’m surrounded by great things and I’m comfortable in myself. I realise that situations may change over the year and a half that I’ll now be in Bordeaux, but if I’m struggling, I can leave, and try a new city and new experiences.
When I wrote my May 1 blog post, little did I know two months later I’d be extending my trip by a whole year. Eek!
Plus, with the whole Brexit thing, who knows if I’ll ever have the opportunity to live in France this freely again? Who knows if my country’s going to go to turmoil after leaving the UK or not?
The Brexit thing was a bit of a bummer at the end of the month to be honest. In the lead up to the vote, I hadn’t prepared myself at all for the chance that the UK would actually end up leaving the EU. And it happened. I was working in the early hours of the vote count and one of my friends showed me that it was leaning towards leaving the EU and my heart sank. I hadn’t thought people could be so idiotic.
One good thing that’s come out of the vote, however, is the vote from Scotland, in which every county chose to remain in the EU. It shows that all the negativity cast on the YES campaign in the Scottish Independence referendum was
downright stupid, ahem, ill-advised and irrelevant, considering the situation we’re in now. Anyhow, I’m not going to write more on this topic because not only will it get me angry, but it’ll solve nothing.
One of my greatest memories from this month has definitely been my solo trip to Bayonne and Biarritz. After working like an absolute horse, I went in to work one day and the next weeks rota showed I had three days off in a row. That night, I booked a bus for the next day and truly chilled out for a few days, entirely by myself. My phone had actually run out of data, and although a little annoying, I actually appreciated not constantly looking at my phone and truly just allowing myself to be alone and enjoy my own company. It was fab. There will be blog posts on this soon.
Here’s my goals for July:
- Explore a little more.
- Don’t be afraid to do things by yourself.
- Continue being awesome. Because you’re awesome.
June has been an incredibly tough, but fun, month and if July’s any better, I’ll be pretty damn happy.
Faves from June: