My placement in France is the first time that I have been separated from my family and away from my house for many months. It has been very rewarding to be independent and to have complete freedom over my life. But I have also realised that there are many things from home which I miss.
One of the home comforts I miss is the mugs at my house. I know, it's bit strange, isn't it? The thing is I find it very comforting to have a hot drink from my favourite mug. Another thing I miss is having books to read. Of course, there’s plenty to read on the internet. But some days I would just like to feel the texture of the paper and the weight of a good book in my hands. Books are big and heavy items, so unfortunately I couldn’t fit any in my suitcase when I came to France. A final thing I miss is having carpet on the floor. My house in France has a wooden floor. It’s easy to clean, but it does get very cold. My feet are always freezing, so I have to wear slippers all the time! Also, It has been ages since I could sit down on a sofa, or have a hot bath, or even eat cheddar cheese. These are all things I will really look forward to when I get back home.
But there will definitely be things about France that I will miss, too. I will miss the friends, both British and French, that I have made here. I will miss the French architecture, the beautiful countryside and 3-course lunches. I’m starting to think about all this as my work placement comes to an end. There is a saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” From my experience, I’ve found this to be true. Some of the smallest things in life are the things you miss the most. Being away from home has taught me to appreciate the little things in life!