English·Norway

How To Get Over Your Erasmus Experience Once You’re Back Home

Did you just come back from a semester or a year studying abroad? Have you been back for a while but still feels a twinge when you think about your Erasmus experience? Have you heard about the Post-Erasmus Depression and think you might be infected? This article is made for you!

I’ve spent a year in Bergen, Norway and I have been back to Paris, France for an endless 5 months now, and here are a few tips I have collected so far from my own experience of a depressed-yet-happy Erasmus student.

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One of many incredible sunsets in Bergen, Norway – August 2017

1. Re-discover your city and/or your country

You’re back from an adventure abroad, in a different country, a different culture and with people that are different, it means you have now new eyes and a new way of seeing things. What better idea than to re-discover places you thought you knew like the back of your hand? You will then realise that you don’t need to go that far to see wonderful things. As Marcel Proust rightfully wrote, « The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. » Lire la suite « How To Get Over Your Erasmus Experience Once You’re Back Home »

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English·Norway

Getting lost on a Norwegian fjord: Modalen

While in Bergen, I was lucky to go on a one-day fjord cruise organized by Study Bergen – an awesome organisation for those studying in Bergen.

We left Bergen early morning by boat. The sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds but we ended up having nice weather – cloudy but no rain (yes, this is nice weather in Norway). It took us 2 hours to reach the little town of Mo, located at the far end of the fjord we were navigating on, where there is nothing but a boat-stop for people like us. We got around Osterøy, Norway’s biggest inner island. Lire la suite « Getting lost on a Norwegian fjord: Modalen »

English·Norway

[Norway] How I Ended up Hiking Preikestolen with Strangers

In Southern Norway, on Lysefjord’s shores, Preikestolen is a 604-meter high cliff, which is twice the Eiffel Tower. It starts well 😉 You have a 3.8km hike to reach it, starting at 270 meters above sea level. It takes around 2 hours each way.

The biggest nearby city is Stavanger, Norway’s 4th city, where I’ve spent 3 days with Khady last October. You can read all about it in this article (le laisser que si je traduis l’article sur Stavanger).

To start the hike since Stavanger, we took a boat to Tau and then a special bus to Preikestolen (ticket bought at the tourist office). We were lucky because the season was over in 2 days, and the special bus with it, and then we would have had to take a taxi that costs an arm and a leg.

It’s 7am and we’re more than ready! It’s a 20-minute boat trip and the show is already starting!

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Sunrise off Stavanger – October 2017

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English·Finland

[Finnish Lapland] A Journey to the end of the world

During this 10-day trip, I discovered 4 Finnish cities: Helsinki, Ranua, Rovaniemi and Saariselkä. Nope, I don’t have a cold. Come on, show some respect to the Finnish people 😛

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My journey started in Helsinki (no actually, it started the night before in Bergen on the night-train to Oslo and then on the plane to Helsinki but it’s basically the same, so I’ll keep Helsinki for short) where I left by night-bus with the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) association. We drove all night long to reach Ranua at 9 am. Ranua is located just south of Rovaniemi. There, we visited the Zoo. Here’s a useless information: this is Finland’s most northern zoo! 😉 Lire la suite « [Finnish Lapland] A Journey to the end of the world »

English·Norvège·Norway

[Norway] – Hike : Fløyen

Mount Fløyen is Bergen’s most famous mountain. This is actually the first result you find when you google “Bergen, Norway” (right, Clara? 🙂 ). You find this:

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Bergen from Mount Fløyen – August 2017

Mount Fløyen is located 399 meters above sea level. You can get to the top by walking (around 1 hour walk in the forest) or with the funicular, the Fløibanen. It costs 45 NOK for one way and 90 NOK round trip for a 3-minute trip. For this price, this is not worth it, you’d better walk; you can then enjoy the spectacular view as well. And when you get to the top, you really feel that you deserve the wonderful view 🙂 . Lire la suite « [Norway] – Hike : Fløyen »