French Language – Lausanne July 2016

This July I visited Lausanne, Switzerland, to complete a three week intensive French language course at the local university. This was my first time overseas, and I loved every second of it. People from all around the world came to do this course, so while the purpose of this course was to learn about the French language and culture, we found ourselves learning about countries scattered all over the globe, the homes of our new friends.

Lausanne is a small but picturesque town, right on the shore of Lake Geneva. Our classes were held at the University of Lausanne, and after classes finished at midday we often took trips into the city centre to explore. One afternoon a group of us traveled for two hours to a neighbouring town, where we rode the Rodelbahn – a toboggan that weaves through the mountains, and was so so much fun.

I was lucky enough to live with an amazing Swiss native, who was kind enough to take myself and another housemate to a mountain in Geneva. We climbed to the top (they climbed, I died), and had an incredible panoramic view of Geneva, Nyon, and Lausanne. When we got home he then made us traditional Swiss fondue and we ate and drank and spoke French – I actually consider this one of the best days of my life, with great people and great cheese.

We had so many different experiences in Lausanne; watching an outdoor screening of the semi-final of the Euro Cup, stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, visiting the Olympic museum, and hiring a pedalo. We crammed an incredible amount of fun into those three weeks, and I would do it all in a heartbeat.

I learned more in three weeks than I can even begin to express, and much more than ever thought I would. I went on this trip to improve my French, but came back a different person (with slightly better French), and with entirely new views on the world. The photos I took don’t do this beautiful country justice, so I made a video to better capture the amazing time we all had.

Au revoir, Switzerland.

Steph Chenney

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