28 octobre 2017

University of Essex – 4th week

This week, my parents and my brother came to visit me in Colchester. Despite attending my classes, I got the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing around the neighbouring counties and cities, since my parents brought their car.

We went to Cambridge for a day, which was about two hours by car. This city is absolutely marvellous and is overflowed with impressive buildings, all with a very typical architecture. Cambridge-iStock_89400801_XXLARGE-LargeThe University of Cambridge is divided into various departments, all located in different places. Compared to Oxford, the city is bigger and, I think, even prettier. 

We also got to visit Ipswich, Suffolk, which is not too far from Colchester. Much more beautiful, it is also home to a fluvial port bordered by the River Orwell. In comparison with Colchester, the town centre looks wealthier as well as cleaner, and it also seems more dynamic. 

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Instead of staying in Colchester, my parents chose an Airbnb on a nearby island: Mersea. Therefore, I was able to visit and walk along the beach.

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It was very heart-warming to see my family again, even though it hasn't even been a month since I haven't seen them. 

In terms of coursework, I am still really enjoying my modules, especially Italian and World Cinema. A great thing about my Italian module pedagogy is that I am going to be mentored. Every week, starting from the next one, I will meet another student, whose first language is Italian, wherever we want. Mentoring basically aims at casually chatting with a 'mentor' in the language being learnt. 

 

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