Liam Evans is at Bangor University studying LLB Law with German, and is currently on an Erasmus exchange at Johannes Gutenburg Universitaet in Mainz, Germany, where he is studying Law. Here he passes on his top tips for living and studying in Mainz.
Hello from Deutschland! I actually can’t believe I’m here and have 5 minutes free to write this post. I’ve been so busy ever since I left Stafford a week ago and, to be honest, I haven’t looked back! I’ve had so much to keep my mind off of missing home that up 'til now, I hadn’t really thought much about it. I’ll run through some of the things I’ve been through so far, including a fair few things I didn’t actually know about until I got here.
Sarah Harrison, a Modern Languages student studying German, Russian and Dutch at the University of Sheffield, is just coming to the end of her British Council placement in Innsbruck, Austria. Next semester, she'll be heading out to Saint Petersburg to continue her studies! But here, Sarah shares all the insider knowledge she's acquired over her time in Innsbruck: where to find accommodation, picking up the accent, what to pack, and how to make the most of the amazing snow...
Week three in Karlsuhe coming up. The last week has been spent finding new hobbies & trying new things, (often with little success), but hey, I'm having fun, speaking German & meeting new people...Long-term accommodation, despite the struggle, is now sorted & I'm well on the way to finding my feet & feeling settled, though the odd skype with friends & family back in England always helps to keep any 'I miss England' moments at bay.
37 days sounds like a lot of time, doesn’t it? Especially when you reflect just how long has gone into planning this whole year. Put into perspective, 37 days is just under half the amount of time I’ll be spending in Moscow next Spring. Yet, no matter how I try and justify it to myself, 37 days feels like barely anything.
For the next 37 days until I go, I’m going to try and fill you in on my rollercoaster several months of preparation, exactly what has gone wrong and how I’ve managed to sort things and get everything back on track. For my first post, let me take you back to the very beginning: how I decided where I was going to spend 7 months of my life.