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Karicia Quiroz: student experience


"You can't beat an espresso in a French café overlooking the Alps"

I loved my semester abroad in Grenoble. The time flies by, make sure you make the most of it!
There’s quite nothing like the New Year’s celebrated in French style This New Year’s was spent in Dieppe, in France’s Normandy region, with the theme to dress as a famous character whose name starts with the first letter of your name.

Coming to the second oldest café in France in Grenoble was a definite highlight! I love my coffee and, as one who does not reject a second shot of espresso within her coffee cup, finding this gem within the city was the best way to end the day.  Le Café de la Table Ronde, founded in 1739, certainly gives a good, strong espresso coffee, unassuming and simply so. 

When visiting France an obligatory trip to Paris must be on the cards! Nothing beats a stroll by the River Seine, with a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower. Everything all lit up makes the whole experience quite magical.

As an international student abroad it is up to you to be involved in as many different activities and events as possible. Through the GEM network, I had the opportunity to apply for a business negotiations competition, la ‘Croisée des Talents’. It was a very enriching experience and allowed me to travel to Deauville, Normandy!

My Norwegian friend Stine and I climbed up the Monte dei Cappuccini in Turin.  While it was a bit of an effort, when we finally made it, the view more than compensated for the trek. 

Whether you are in an ice bar in Turin or taking in the Alps in Grenoble, you will really benefit from spending your year abroad in France.

Au revoir

Updated on 23 February 2015 at 1h52 pm