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12 September 2017

When Can I Move to France? Food and Traveling in Perpignan #HogsAbroad in France #TravelTuesday


I strongly encourage you to not be a picky eater and try everything! I tried so many kinds of meats, cheeses, and seafood. I tried duck and chicken gizzard, an assortment of sausages including blood sausage and Catalan sausage, duck liver, oysters, clams, muscles, sardines, octopus, squid, frog legs (pictured above), bleu cheese, brie cheese, morbier cheese and many more cheeses! Don’t turn down anything and if you don’t like it, at least you tried it. For lunch you could eat at the café on campus or there were plenty of restaurants relatively close to the university. I ate out for lunch for the first week; each day was under ten euros. I didn’t want to spend all my money on food so I would get lunch at a grocery store near the university for less than three euros per day!

The weekends we had off, but the university has a day trip planned to a city like Barcelona or Carcassonne if you wanted to do that on the weekends. I was fortunate enough to visit Paris on one of the weekends and I loved it. If you have a chance to explore other cities in France, do it! See as much as you can! Paris was wonderful! I went to the Eiffel Tower the first night just so I knew for sure I was in Paris! I went to the Palace of Versailles, the top of Montparnasse to see the beautiful view of Paris, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Cœur, Cimetière du Père Lachaise to see Oscar Wilde’s tomb, Jardin du Luxembourg, Musée d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou. I attended daily mass at Notre Dame which was breathtaking. I also went to the last stage of Tour de France, which was amazing!

Dara, a Chemical Engineering major, studied abroad with our U of A Faculty-Led: French in Perpignan program.

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