Tag Archives: Nantes

An unhappy return to Nantes (Rousse)

Nantes was unrecognisable to me after my 33-year absence. I was also very nervous about returning to France barely able to speak French. It didn’t help that I had brought no French cash with me, and that the University sports … Continue reading

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Fried eggs and a friendship fractured (Rousse)

My friendship with Belle was over, and it was all my fault. I invited two extra women that I barely knew to visit, even though Belle was meant to be my guest of honour. At the time we were also … Continue reading

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Husband confesses affairs, then leaves (Rousse)

There was very little room in our crammed dormitory. My own bed was second from the window, next to that of JM. JG and NF were at the other end of the room, by the door. Between us were four … Continue reading

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A disgraceful dip in the pool (Rousse)

It was a full hour before I was due to chair the presentation at Edinburgh University. I persuaded a couple of others that we had time to call in at the dancing conference on the way. We entered a long … Continue reading

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Nantes crocodiles, Chinese tourists, and taxi services (Rousse)

When we walked out of Nantes railway station it all came back to me – especially the crocodiles that I used to pet in secret in the middle of the night when I sneaked into the zoo after hours. My … Continue reading

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Unbearable workloads: could cloning be the answer? (Rousse)

Locked away in a hall of residence room in Nantes, I wasn’t coping very well at all. I had returned to the city to take some extra courses and gain credits for a full French undergraduate degree, even though it … Continue reading

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Rousse withdraws her favours and is instructed to vote

Once again I was stuck in a lift, this time with a bunch of French engineering students from Nantes. The lift was formed in two parts shaped as a figure of eight. It only offered access to floors 16 and … Continue reading

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