La Rochelle – Exchange – New Friends / Awesome People / Best Experience

Exchange Student SHTC
Exchange Student SHTC

Bonjour!! Hello !! This is my third post, my name is Jay Shah from School of Hospitality and its been a little late for this post as I was exploring the new world around me, from January till now I had so much fun and experience in my life at La Rochelle, loving it !!. I have so much to say and I’m confused how to say everything in so less words, but I’ll try my best.

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My home is like the old french house with some old fashioned and upgraded appliances. My landlady she is so sweet and adorable, she doesn’t even know english and struggles with me to make me understand, but never loses her patience with me thanks to god and google translator application (its free mobile app), it has sorted out my life and made it easy being in france. It also helps to learn some french.

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My journey which was started from -20 C temperature to 10 C from snow to rains, it has completely changed me as a person by meeting so many kind and loving people over here, making friends from all diverse culture understanding them in different manner and making them laugh in their way it is so much fun, but make sure if they get hurt by your statement just go to them and say sorry it will work guys. People around the world knows if you are sorry by your heart they will come back to you, “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.Coming back to post if you go anywhere in france and encounter if they are just starting with their meal “Bon appetit” is the word you should know, just tell them its their culture. People in La Rochelle are very nice and kind. They will try to help you, but you have try to understand them and be polite to them greet them and keep smiling.

Being around la rochelle its like you are somewhere in the world which you will never know until you see it. Architecture and construction are still the same since 19th Century.I will have to explore more about the city and will be back with the history and some pictures in my next post.

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Starting our school days we had some great presentation on events management and I’m so much passionate about events planning. I wasn’t sure about the concept what teacher wanted us to do, but one best element in designing the project which I liked is that we should have team mates all from different origins and I was afraid that its just some days in college and no one knows you. Guess what everything was just a matter of few minutes I didn’t knew about the team, but I really got a good team and very good friends indeed. They gave me an opportunity to design the whole concept as they believed in me by looking at my passion for events. Our presentation was awesome and unique compared to others as the concept.Journey started well and after that class we have become a team of six people which everyone knows by now for any project. It’s a learning and fun to work with people from different origins as you will get to know what people are trying to make you understand and viceversa.

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International Dinner, just a small dinner organized by some friends. We had food from France, Spain, Mexican, Indian and Chinese it was delicious. We had loads of fun talking about their culture and understanding them, it helps you as a person to know more and helps to develop your interpersonal skills which will be useful in future.

la rochelle

– Jay Shah

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