25 April 2021   No Comments

I moved from Nice back (sort of) to Paris almost 1 month ago, and rented a great apartment in a nearby city called Issy-Les-Moulineaux – which is seemingly so small it feels more like a neighborhood. I am in love with it and very pleased that my quest to find a place turned out to be more successful than anticipated.

Just in case you might be thinking about moving to France or know someone that wants to do it, I thought I’d write a little about the process and bring attention to possible issues and ways to work around them.

First of all, when I first moved to France for my Masters program in 2019, I stayed at a Crous residence. There are Crous residences all over France, and they are by far the cheapest type of lodging you can get as a student (€240/month in Rennes, for example). If you or someone you know is moving here to study, make sure you ask your university if they have any partnerships with Crous – it could make it easier for you to get a room there. Some buildings have studios, which are bedrooms that feature a bathroom and a very basic kitchen, some others (like mine) have bedrooms with private bathrooms, but a shared kitchen for the entire floor, and others have just the bedroom and a shared bathroom and kitchen. Cities that have multiple Crous buildings might have all of them. In order to book a Crous dorm, one must register at the website MesServices.etudiant.gouv.fr. It will let you know the date in which booking will be made available to your type of profile (some groups have higher priority, such as scholarship holders), and you’ll have a better shot if you’re connected at the earliest possible time that day.

My university had a partnership with Crous, and they actually booked a dorm for me. They did, however, forget to mention that detail, so I paid for 3 weeks at an Airbnb and spent the entirety of that time going out of my mind looking for places to rent. Finding out I had had a room that whole time was simultaneously an annoyance and a relief. 😂

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2 April 2021   No Comments

Helloo! I’ve been putting in an effort to meet people from different countries lately, through different types of social media platforms, and I’ve been noticing that a common topic of conversation is music from our respective countries. I’ve actually exchanged lists of some of my favorite songs with a few girls in the past couple of weeks, so I’ve decided to write a blog post about it and make my own life easier.

These are mostly pop ballads – or variations of that genre – which is usually what I’m drawn to. A lot of them were soundtracks to soap operas that aired in my childhood, so they have a strong nostalgia effect on me.

First of all, any single by “Sandy & Junior” is a solid recommendation as far as I’m concerned. I love them. They’re a duo of siblings that started singing when they were little kids, and stayed together until their 20s. Several of their biggest hits were adaptations in Portuguese of famous songs in English and Italian, and they were very successful in Brazil in the 90s and early 2000s.

Second, these are all kind of… not new. They’re not old either, but my favorite songs (not just from Brazil) tend to be those that make me think of nice moments. And it’s not that I haven’t had nice moments in recent years, it’s just that I don’t really associate songs with them as much as I used to do as a child and as a teenager. Although I know of some artists that are very famous in Brazil right now (Anitta, Pabllo Vittar, Luisa Sonza, Maiara & Maraisa, Anavitoria…), I haven’t given them a chance yet. I know for a fact that I like Anitta’s voice, as well as Ana’s and Vitoria’s (Anavitoria), but I don’t know their songs by name in order to recommend them. I’ll get there eventually!

Brazilian music recommendation list:

I might come back to this post in the future and make some additions, or just turn this into a recurring recommendation section!

Do you know any Brazilian songs? If so, which are your favorites?

I hope you’re all doing well,
Gabby