Why Living Abroad Wasn’t the Dream Life I Expected It to Be

8 months in France: here’s why I would never do it again.

Liam Hunter-Bailey
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readSep 17, 2023

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A brown-haired woman scratches her head. The Eiffel Tower can be seen in the distance, against a clear, blue sky.
Living in France wasn’t all it was cracked up to be / Photo credit

In September 2020, I started university for the first time. I study modern languages, with a focus on French. As part of my four-year course, it was a requirement for me to undertake a period of at least 8 months in a country where French is the official language.

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Liam Hunter-Bailey
Human Parts

An Irish language lover, writing about productivity, self-improvement, and my travel experiences.