From Taiwan to Surrey

An insight into life at Surrey from a current Taiwanese student

Les Misérables.

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大家好,真的是好久不見,不知道大家的年都過得如何啊?

是否在奮鬥雅思又抑或是在準備申請學校呢?

小編最近有點微微的忙,所以就疏於更新部落格也沒有什麼回信,

希望大家不要介意><

這個禮拜是小編開學第一週,真的是只能用一個字來形容—–

忙。

這學期感覺比上學期還困難,報告很多還有最重要的大魔王,

就是論文本人!

不過再怎麼忙,還是要懂的享受生活的。

 

因為昨日小編剛剛交完research proposal,所以今日就決定衝一發倫敦。

來場歌劇文藝之旅,今天小編所看的歌劇是悲慘世界(Les Misérables),

這是小編人生的第二場歌劇。

小編人生的第一場歌劇是歌劇魅影(Phantom of the Opera),

到現在都還記得燈掉下來那一瞬間的感動,因為小編真的是很愛歌劇魅影!

所以決定這次要來欣賞悲慘世界,相信大家一定也不陌生,

前幾年由休傑克曼和安海瑟薇等人主演的悲慘世界非常好看,

小編也是那時看了之後立馬愛上了呢!

 

故事背景小編就不爆雷了,有興趣的人可以去看一下電影。

悲慘世界要看將近三個鐘頭,

(不過中間是有中場休息十分鐘的,不然屁股真的是會坐到一個麻掉)

不過小編覺得和歌劇魅影的不同就是,

他雖然整個佈景沒有歌劇魅影那麼富麗堂皇,

並且幾乎得靠演員的演技來演出所需的戲碼,所以這就更厲害了。

悲慘世界的特點應該就是舞台中間的大轉盤吧!

演員出場的轉換、佈景的變化等都是靠那個大轉盤在運作,

小編在台下可說是看得目瞪口呆呢!

因為演員不僅要在上面唱歌,還要記得走位,有時候還得在轉盤旋轉時奔跑,

這一切的一切都是需要花很多時間不停地練習才有辦法那麼完美啊!

 

悲慘世界的歌小編最喜歡的就是Do you hear the people sing.

果然現場一聽更是不得了,氣勢非常的滂薄,小編內心可說激盪不已啊!

(題外話一下,因為歌劇都是現場有管樂隊在演奏的,他們就是坐在舞台底下,所以可以看到指揮的後腦勺其實滿有趣的~)

不過,小編覺得電影和歌劇不一樣的地方在於,感動的點不同。

電影讓小編感動的點是,那個小男孩被槍殺之前開始帶領垂頭喪氣的革命同志們唱Do you hear the people sing,而歌劇則是Marius的同袍都陣亡之後只剩他獨活他所唱的Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,小編最被他所感動的一句話是There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.(這種悲傷是無法言語的)。

想想看以前的人為了遠大的理想犧牲自己是多偉大的一件事,

小編有想過如果生活在當時恐怕是沒辦法像他們那樣為了理想而戰死吧!

 

來到這裡好像有點跑題了,最後的歌劇結尾非常值得跟你們分享,

就是所有演員一起大合唱Do you hear the people sing.

那種氣勢真的讓人難以忘懷啊~

小編深深的覺得來倫敦必做的事情之一,

就是看一齣歌劇來場視覺的饗宴,並且感受現場演唱的震撼!

因為小編到現在還記得開始時的慷慨激昂,結束時的悵然落失,

這樣你們還能不去看嗎?

 

溫馨小提醒:

1.買票可以去現場買或是那附近的售票亭,會比較便宜,但不一定有你想看的歌劇。

2.不管什麼歌劇演出期間全程禁止拍照攝影哦~

 


Hello, guys it has been a while, I am wondering how was everybody’s Chinese New Year? Hope is all good. Are you stuck in the middle of fighting with IELTS or preparing to apply schools? I am sorry I am a little busy recently, and I didn’t really update the blog or reply the emails, hope you guys won’t mind. This week is the first week back to school, I only can use one word to describe it- busy. I think this semester will be more difficult than the first one, due to the devil which is the dissertation! Though life is hard we still have to enjoy it and have some fun right? I just submitted my research proposal, so I decided to go to London today. I went to Les Misérables, this is my second opera the first one was Phantom of the Opera. I still can remember the moment when the light felt down, I really really enjoy and love it. In 2012, Les Misérables was played by Anne Hathaway and Hugh Michael Jackman, which I suddenly fall in love with it. I will not tell you what is the story about, you can go watch the movie and see the opera after. The show will take up to 3 hours, the different between Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera is that Les Misérables doesn’t have fancy stages as Phantom of the Opera does, but still is a very good show. I was shocked by the actors they not only can sing on the spinning circle but also have to run on it. I think practice do makes perfect. “Do you hear the people sing?” is my favorite song of Les Misérables, it was really touch when I heard it at the scene. There is a band sitting under the stage to play the music, it is a little bit funny seeing the back of the head of the command. The other thing is that I think the different between the movie and the opera is that the touch feeling is different for me. The most touching moment in the movie for me was the little boy sing the song before he got killed, but in the opera is that Marius was said and sang a song to grief his friends. The lyrics I like the most is “There’s a grief that can’t be spoken”, I don’t think I have the spirit to die for the country. Here seems to be out of the track of this blog, the last thing I want to share is that when ending all the actors will sing together. That is really an unforgettable moment. I think one of the to do list for London is “watching an opera”, I still can remember the feeling now, so what are you waiting for? Go buy a ticket now!

About Pre-Sessional.

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哈囉大家好久不見,因為小編前陣子同時得準備期末考和期末報告所以消失了好一會兒呢!
(好啦其實還有跑去葡萄牙玩,然後也順便回台灣過年了,但有人在意嗎哈哈)
這次要來跟大家講講小編的Pre-Sessional經驗,因為有一些人來信詢問這個Pre-Sessional (也就是語言先修課程)的事情,所以小編想說那就統一在這邊跟大家講好了。
小編自己去年(2016)是上五週的語言課程,
Surrey的語言課程有分為12週、8週、5週,
是看你科系的要求跟你雅思的成績有沒有到你申請的系之標準。

 

如果你的雅思成績沒有達到申請的標準,
而你也不想再考一次雅思的話可以選擇上這個語言先修課程來拿到無條件入學的資格,
不管是幾週的語言課最後都是要考試來評斷你的語言能力是否可以繼續入學。
而小編很幸運的剛好成績都符合自己系的標準,
那為何小編還要選擇來上Pre-Sessional呢?
簡單來說小編是個路癡,
複雜一點來說的話是想提早熟悉新環境,
再加上又可以了解英國論文的寫法和台灣有什麼不同。
這樣講好像會讓大家很困惑,那小編就用列點的形式來讓大家清楚明白好了
1. 可以提前多瞭解學校每棟建築物的所在位子
(這真的很重要,因為你不會想要開學的時候還在手忙腳亂找不到教室吧)
2. 提早來適應一下英國的環境,以及你生活的環境
3. 可以認識一些跟自己不同科系的同學,俗話說出外靠朋友多認識一點人對自己當然是沒有壞處啦
4. 小編覺得這個非常重要,因為Pre-Sessional會教你一些寫作的技巧,其實跟雅思考的東西真的很不一樣,因為在這裡需要寫的比較學術性也需要了解到如何使用正確的reference
當然看了以上這幾點你們一定在想說,所以是一定要參加這個語言先修課程嗎?
嗯…..你成績沒有到當然是得參加,但如果你成績到了就是完全看你自己的意願囉!
沒參加也不打緊,因為在開學的第一個禮拜會有新生週,帶大家認識新環境的,不過小編覺得參加語言課的唯一壞處就是學校不會提供接機服務吧!
(但如果你是直接9月正式來開學的話,學校是有接機的喔!)
有人跟小編說過,一個人去適應一個新環境需要大概3個月的時間,
真的是這樣沒錯啊!
不過永遠別小看人的適應環境能力,真的很強的,
所以不用害怕,因為時間到了生命都會自己找到出口的^___^

 

PS 照片可能有點圖文不符,但那是小編初來乍到剛到學校時拍的surrey一隅哦


Hello guys, I had disappeared for a while due to the assignment and my final exam. (Ok I will also admit that I went to Portugal and I went back to Taiwan for the Chinese New Year, but who cares about these lol.) This time I will share some experience about the pre-sessional because some of you had asked me about it. I went to the 5-weeks pre-sessional, Surrey also has the 12 weeks and 8 weeks pre-sessional. To attend the pre-sessional is all depended on your IELTS, so if you didn’t meet the goals to apply your ideal program and you don’t want to retake IELTS you can choose to go to the pre-sessional classes. No matter how many weeks are the pre-sessional, all the students have to take the final exam to determine whether you can continue your journey or not. I am lucky that I just got the scores that I don’t have to attend the pre-sessional classes, but still I chose to go for the 5 weeks one. The reasons are :
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Living in Guildford.

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今天小編就來跟大家談談住在吉爾福德(Guildford)好了,

因為小編大學都在好山好水的埔里就讀,所以本來也以為Guildford可能也就是另外一個小鎮吧!(就是典型的窮鄉僻壤什麼都沒有。)

結果孰不知Guildford不僅是個風光明媚的小鎮,還是個應有盡有的小小小都市呢!基本上需要的東西在我們可愛的鎮上都可以買的到。例如:台灣最近很夯的香水jo Malone,或是平價服飾H&M or ZARA甚至連無印良品都有呢!當然還有英國本土品牌Superdry,其他的小編就不一一列舉了,你們來再自己看好嗎:)

其實呢,小編覺得在Surrey唸書的好處之一就是生活消費沒有倫敦來得那麼高,但是又離倫敦很近(坐火車約40分鐘),所以那些省下來的房租錢就可以在有空的時候甚至是boxing day去倫敦買買買。

噓,千萬不要告訴你們的爸爸媽媽小編這樣教壞你們><

小編接下來要和大家分享Guildford怎麼慶祝節日的,那小編就用Bonfire Night來做舉例好了,所謂的Bonfire Night又稱Guy’s Fawkes Night有人翻譯成火炬節,又或者是煙火節。在每年的11/5號英國人會聚集燃火焚毀Fawkes的肖像與人偶,最後施放煙火慶祝。而為什麼大家會那麼討厭這位Guy Fawkes甚至想燒燬他呢?原來是因為在西元1605年11月5號的時候Guy Fawkes不滿英國限制宗教的自由,所以本來打算一把火燒了剛好落成的國會大廈及裡面的國會議員,還有當時的英國王詹姆士一世。不過這計畫最後失敗了,詹姆士一世決定把11月5號訂為Bonfire Night並且點燃營火慶祝那晚逃過一劫,因此這項習俗流傳至今。不同的地區雖然會有不同的方式來慶祝這一天,但基本上都是會施放煙火以及點燃火把,也象徵一年又平安的過去了。

而小編去年剛好有參加到Guildford一年一度的Bonfire Night,如下圖居民們會先在鎮上集合,大家一起點燃燭火然後開始遊街到鎮上的最高點,之後會有施放煙火的秀讓居民可以一同欣賞。

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小編覺得這是一個很酷的經驗,因為這個節日小編可說是第一次聽到,雖然大家可能會覺得拿著火把遊街那有什麼好玩的,可是當你真的置身於那個場景中看到那麼多的火把就只有一個壯觀可以形容了。

所以有來Surrey的朋友們千萬不要錯過了每年11月5號的Bonfire Night囉^_^


Hello, today I am gonna share something about living in Guildford. Since I study at NCNU in Taiwan and is like a small town and had nothing fun there, so I just thought that Guildford might be the same as Puli. However, I turn out to be wrong, there are a lot of things to do in Guildford. For example,shopping! And there are lots of brands in Guildfordthe such as , the perfume jo Malone that is popular in Taiwan now, and even H&M or ZARA,also the British brand Superdry, so on. I really think living in Guildford is good because the living cost is not as high as in London, so the money we save can be used for shopping. Shh…don’t tell your parents that I teach you this. I want to share my experience of celebrating the traditional event in the UK, so I will take Bonfire Night for example which is also known as Guy’s Fawkes Night. On this day, people will gather around and hold up the bonfire or burn the figure of Guy Fawkes. The reason that people don’t like Guy Fawkes is because he was trying to set fire in the congress, in order to burn the members and the King. Since he thought it was unfair that how the government treat the religion.Fortunately, the conspiracy had been stopped, so 11/5 people will be together and see the beautiful fireworks in order to celebrate that they didn’t get burn. I think it was a pretty cool experience to walk all the way up to the hill with the bonfire and people. After the parade, there was a little firework show for us to watch. If you have the chance to study in Surrey don’t forget to join the Bonfire Night in the 5th of November.

Happy New Year!

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哈囉,大家新年快樂:)

小編的跨年是在倫敦度過的,所以這篇打算來和大家分享精彩的跨年煙火秀

首先,小編和室友們在開放買票時已經順利搶到票了,可以說是個好彩頭呢!

因為倫敦跨年煙火秀是得買票入場的,不同區域看到煙火的角度都是不同,但統一一張票都是十磅,最多一個人只能買四張。

小編這次選擇的是藍區的票(正對倫敦眼),其他區的視野小編就不一一介紹了。

雖然票上面是寫著晚上8點到10點開放入場,但小編和室友們就住在西敏寺(Westminster)附近,於是決定提早去排隊,沒想到7點半就開放大家進場了。因為英國政府要預防恐怖攻擊,所以在驗票完之後會有一個檢查哨再檢查大家的包包,耐心排隊很快就可以進去了,然後就是寒風中等待絢麗煙火的五個小時…..

雖然五個小時感覺好像很漫長,但其實跟朋友們圍在一起聊天回想著2016年的事時間不知不覺就到了呢!

(良心建議可以提早去排隊佔個好位子,如果可以的話內急什麼的就先解決然後帶點熱的東西吃或喝,因為真的會微微的冷再加上要上廁所的話會有點麻煩)

一下子五個小時過去,來到了54321倒數時刻,雖然在等的時候會覺得到底幹嘛這樣虐待自己,英國的跨年真的不比台灣有很多藝人唱歌那種,大家真的只是在等待煙火爾爾。

可是!跟著大家一起喊完54321的那個瞬間,看到煙火萬箭齊發,再搭配大笨鐘渾厚的鐘響,

瞬間覺得等待的那五個小時完 全 值 得 。

雖然煙火秀只有短短十分鐘,可是所有的煙火搭配著燈光音效和橋段可以說是非常的壯觀,完全值得佔據人生精彩的十分鐘。

而小編個人最喜歡的橋段是用多國語言說出“歡迎來倫敦”,真的讓人非常的印象深刻和驚奇。

最後分享一張小編的視野,雖然拍起來好像沒有很華麗,但請相信小編如果有機會一生一定要來體驗一次倫敦跨年煙火的震撼!

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當然不要忘記了,我們Surrey可愛的Catherine會在五天之後拜訪台灣UKEAS遊學展喔!

有空的朋友們,不要忘記去參加囉~

最後再祝大家新年快樂17加油吧^_^

活動資訊如下:

場次一
日期:2017/01/07-2017/01/08
時間:10am-6pm
地點:台北集思台大會議中心
地址:台北市羅斯福路4段85號B1

場次二
日期:2017/01/10
時間:3pm-8pm
地點:台中永豐棧酒店
地址:台中市西屯區台灣大道二段689號

場次三
日期:2017/01/11
時間:3pm-9pm
地點:台南成大會館
地址:台南市東區大學路2號

場次四
日期:2017/01/12
時間:3pm-9pm
地點:高雄國賓飯店
地址:高雄市民生二路202號


Hello, happy new year to all. I went to see the London new year’s eve fireworks, so I want to share some beautiful fireworks with you guys. My flat mates and I bought the entrance tickets online, each area has different views of seeing the fireworks but they are all 10 pounds. We bought the blue area, I think is the best area because you can see the whole view of London eye. It said the entrance would be opened at 8pm-10pm, but we lived near the Westminster so we decided to get in the queue early. Lucky us, we got in at around 0730 pm, but after checking the tickets you have to get your bags check due to the safety reasons. After the entrance, we found a good spot and start waiting for 5 hours. You might think 5 hours are way too long, but thinking about what you did in 2016 and chat with your friends, 5 hours will pass really fast. I totally recommend to go to the toilet before waiting because it was pretty difficult to find a toilet there. I think it was truly worth to wait 5 hours for the fireworks, because at the moment everybody counting 54321 together. You will see fancy fireworks with proper music and light. It was really amazing and worthy. My favorite part was that they used lots of different language to say “welcome to London”, which was very memorable. And here was a pictures that I took though it might seem not that good. But trust me if you have the chance you must come and experience the sensation of London new year’s eve fireworks! Oh, don’t forget our lovely Catherine will attend the UKEAS tour in 7th, January. If you are interested just go ask her some questions! Wish you all have a happy new year. J
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Christmas.

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小編上篇答應過大家要來分享一下英國的聖誕節。

在西方聖誕節就好比東方國家的過年,就是親朋好友團聚的時刻,

但是他們會從十一月感恩節的時候就開始裝飾家裡,家家戶戶都會掛上最亮眼的裝飾。

 

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小編上個月去了倫敦的Oxford Street,一出地鐵門口就馬上感受到了聖誕節濃濃的氣氛,

街上的裝飾非常的吸引人像是再提前告訴大家聖誕節要來了喔~

 

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聖誕節去倫敦的話,還有一個地方要去那就是海德公園(Hyde Park)的Winter Wonderland

其實就是聖誕節限定版的遊樂園非常適合老的小的少的男的女的一同前往感受聖誕節氣氛呢!

貼心小提醒Winter Wonderland從每年十一月開到隔年的一月份,

所以要來的朋友們記得查詢一下他們的官網看有沒有變更開門的時間喔~

 

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小編最喜歡Winter Wonderland的一個地方就是,在旋轉木馬上面喝東西。

小編覺得這完全就是為了大人設計的哈哈,

吧台放在旋轉木馬的中間把其他多餘的地方都拆掉裝上桌子,

讓大人有個地方可以喝酒重溫童年在旋轉木馬上的快樂。

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(還沒天黑的Winter Wonderland)

當然我們的Guildford也是有聖誕點燈儀式的,只是小編那時剛好有報告纏身沒辦法去感受可說是小編非常大的損失啊…..

希望大家會喜歡小編這篇短短的聖誕文,別忘了1月的時候Surrey會去台灣參加UKEAS的遊學展有興趣的朋友們不要錯過了!

那就明年見囉^____^

 

祝大家聖誕節快樂!

 


Hi! Guys! Last time I promise to share some Christmas stuff with you. For the western, Christmas is like there traditional new year. They will gather around with their beloved one just like the people in the east. However, they will start to put up the most shinning decoration from November. In order to let everyone feels the atmosphere of Christmas. I went to London last month, and I really like the decoration in the Oxford street. The ball is trying to tell me that Christmas is just around the corner! One of the thing you can’t miss is the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park which will open only in November to January. My favorite thing to do over there is drinking on the carousal. I think is for the adult only, because they will put a bar in the middle of the carousal and some tables on it. So that people can drink something with their friends and family. This might let the adult think of their happy childhood. Another thing to mention is that our town Guildford also had a lighting ceremony, but unfortunately I was dealing with my assignment so I didn’t have the chance to see. Hope you enjoying this short Christmas murmur. Don’t forget Surrey will go to UKEAS tour in Taiwan next month. If you are curious about anything just go and take a look! See you next year. Wish you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year : )

Bon Voyage!

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小編昨日剛從法國回來,所以想和大家分享巴黎的美還有一些旅遊須知。

小編選擇來英國就讀的其中一個原因就是去其他歐洲國家玩很方便。

而Surrey離Heathrow Airport (倫敦希斯洛機場)車程差不多四十分鐘左右,非常方便呢!

好的,那小編現在就帶大家去法國吧!

 

交通方式

-歐洲之星

-飛機

(以上兩種交通方式都非常方便,咻一下你就可以置身於巴黎了)

 

小編這次出遊是和室友們一起去的,只能說小編很幸運遇到很好的室友。

大家一定也曉得出門旅遊的玩伴真的非常的重要!

我們住的是Airbnb,也許你們會很困惑為何小編念飯店管理不住飯店呢?

因為我們是五個人去,再加上巴黎的飯店有些都不能加床所以最後選擇了Airbnb

下面的這張照片是我Airbnb裡面最喜歡的一個小角落

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這間Airbnb真的超棒,總共有五間房間,如果有人想知道再來私訊小編吧!

 

接下來小編只分享兩個此趟旅程最喜歡的景點,因為怕大家看膩><

1.艾菲爾鐵塔La Tour Eiffel

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鐵塔背後有著微微動人的故事,艾菲爾是鐵塔的建築師他從小非常熱愛建築但因為太愛建築了導致學業荒廢,所以考不上理工大學,這樣他是沒辦法成為建築師的。此時此刻,正當他想放棄時,愛情降臨了,他遇到了他人生的至愛瑪格麗。她不停地鼓勵艾菲爾,也深信艾菲爾會成為知名的建築師,她還對他說:「我要聽你在那座建築上對我說你愛我!」但可惜瑪格麗不幸去世了。

1889年巴黎慶祝法國大革命勝利100週年,法國政府想要建造一座有標記性的建築物來紀念這個盛事,於是艾菲爾贏得了這個標案,雖然建造完成之後負評排山倒海的來,但後來人們越看越覺得艾菲爾鐵塔非常的美麗,那些負評也就隨風去了。

艾菲爾鐵塔不僅是自由的象徵,更是象徵艾菲爾對瑪格麗忠貞的愛情故事。

小編個人近看了艾菲爾鐵塔,覺得有點太冰冷的感覺,但是當你從遠處跳往她,特別是晚上的時候真的非常的動人。她的美是言語無法形容,只能親身體驗的,小編特別喜歡她每個一個小時會閃燈一次,就像是艾菲爾不停的告訴世人自由以及珍惜身邊愛的人是很重要的事!

2.聖心堂(Sacré-Cœur)

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這是小編巴黎此趟旅程最喜歡的景點,是不是很漂亮?

乘坐地鐵到蒙馬特先看到的是愛牆 (沒錯就是用幾百種語言寫滿著我愛你的那面牆),再來就是要有心理準備爬上一街又一階的樓梯,其實那裡也是有纜車可以乘坐,但出來旅行偶爾也是得靠11號公車體驗一下當地風情。

因為欲窮千里目,所以得更上一層樓,古人說的話在此刻完全印證了。小編和室友們都覺得剛剛那些階梯腳痠都不算什麼了!

完完全全的被這片美景給療癒了,再加上有街頭藝人再演奏豎琴,搭配這片美景真是夫復何求啊!

這片美景的後面就是聖心堂,但小編喜歡這個景色勝過教堂,如果有機會此生一定要坐在這邊的階梯欣賞這樣的好景色。


接下來是一些法國旅遊小提醒

小編的朋友們再小編去法國之前,就不停的恐嚇威脅嚇唬說法國很可怕扒手很多,所以搞得小編也是萬分慌恐害怕。

結果小編在坐地鐵時,真的差點就要遭遇被扒的命運!

事情是這樣的:

小編與室友一行人在地鐵上,某一站有另外一群人也上車了,此時有一個女扒手硬要擠在小編跟室友中間,小編感覺不對因為後面也有一個那個女扒手的同伴不停的在戳小編的衣服(小編不停在內心吶喊後面那個人是不是要偷我東西?!)  此時,小編的室友跟小編說:「小心!你前面那個女的要開你的包!」眼看那個女扒手用她的包把她自己的手擋住試圖想開小編的包,小編整個怒瞪她!他們一行人沒得逞就下車了。多虧小編的室友眼睛非常銳利,小編才不至於淚灑巴黎街頭。

這個故事就是告訴我們,去巴黎最好要結伴比較好,這樣才有個照應,出門在外大家互相照顧這樣才會玩得更盡興喔!


簡單法文用語

Bon Voyage:旅途愉快 (相信大家一定常常聽到)

Bon jour:早安或你好 (如果大家記不起來晚安怎麼念這個可以從早講到晚)

Bon appétit:享受美食吧(法國真的是隨便一家麵包店都好吃的地方,所以怎能不學這句話呢?)

Merci:謝謝 (有禮貌的人是到哪都受歡迎的)

Oui:知道了的意思 (有時候小編不懂他們在說什麼時就會一直說oui oui來表示我大概明白哈哈)

題外話,我們Surrey有免費的語言課程供大家選擇 (西班牙文,法文,韓文還有其他很多種) 當然英文是一定有的,圖書館有ELSP(English Language Support)的課程讓大家在唸書的過程中不慌亂一步一腳印地充實自己的語文能力。

重點是都完全免費,資源都擺在那只是怕大家不使用而已~

那麼下回見囉!

下次會跟大家分享小編的聖誕節^____^


Today is Christmas Eve, I just came back from France. So I want to share with you a little bit about the travel experience, and also some notes about going to France. One of the reason that I choose Surrey for my master degree is not only because its close to the Heathrow Airport but also I can travel to other Europe countries easily. There are two ways to France, the first one is by Eurostar, the other is by airplane. I went to France with my flatmates, we stayed in Airbnb. Maybe you will wonder why I choose Airbnb instead of the hotels, because we have five people it is not easy to find a hotel that will allow us to add a bed. However, our Airbnb was quite good and big, there are five rooms, if you want to know more detail please ask me. Now, I will share my two favorite places of this trip. The first one is Eiffel tower, which has a romantic story behind. The architect, Eiffel really like building things since he was little. He put a lot effort in it, but he can’t get into a good collage. While he was about to give up, he met the love of his life, Margery. She encouraged him a lot and had the faith that he would become the most famous architect. However, Margery couldn’t see Eiffel success, she passed away. In 1889, to celebrate The French Revolution, the government decided to build a meaning architecture. Eiffel pitched his idea to the government in order to let Margery know he loved her so much. Nowadays, Eiffel tower not only stands for freedom but also represents the romantic love between Eiffel and Margery. When I took a close look at Eiffel tower I just think of cold tall tower, but while I stood far away and saw at a high spot. It was really breathtaking and I couldn’t describe my feeling about it. Especially, I love Eiffel tower in the night since it will lighten up the tower like it is saying the story about the freedom and the true love. As for the second place I love in France, is the view of Montmartre, isn’t it beautiful? You have to climb a lot of stairs to see this wonderful landscape but no pain no gain! It was great when you get there you will hear someone playing the harp and with the view, c’est la vie!However, take care of each other is also important as enjoying the view. I almost got robbed in the metro. A group of people got into the subway between our group, the girl behind me poked me I was still wondering was she going to steal my thing? And my flat mate told me to be careful of my bag cuz the girl in front me was trying to open my bag! I stared at her, and they all got off at the next stop. I was so close to be the victim of theft, so this story tell us that it is really important that don’t go to Paris by yourself but if you really want to go by yourself please be careful. Don’t be afraid that you don’t know how to speak French, Surrey has many languge classes that you can attend the most important is they are all for free. If you are afraid of academic English we also have ELSP (English Language Support) this program will help you step by step. Ok, it is time to say goodbye next time I will share about my Christmas : )

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