I am just back home from my amazing language camp to Montpellier!! It was really a week I will never forget and did a lot of exciting things there and made international friends.I would love to share my experience with you and maybe inspire you to also go to this city!
For a long time I was planning to go on a language camp to Brighton, a city in the UK with a beach and basically a place where you can do everything. That idea got stuck in my head and when I heard my friend also wanted to go I almost made the decision to book it. But I waited to really be sure and saw another language camp in Montpellier, a city in the South of France close to the beach and is a famous university city. When I saw that I was sold and wanted to go there really bad. The weather is really nice and warm and I love the atmosphere there, like sort of Italian and Spanish culture that you don't have in Holland. So we finally booked it and two weeks later I was on my way to Montpellier!
It was by bus for like 18 hours, but it didn't really feel like it was that long because we made a few stops and I slept almost the whole time haha.. It's a Dutch travel organisation for youth people where I booked my trip and you go with other teens from across Holland by bus to Montpellier and you get eve thing included, like meals, your room, activities, tram and the language courses. When we arrived there it was kind of awkward because the minute we stepped out of the bus everybody was really tired and hungry. We sad down to eat some breakfast and nobody said something because they were so tired.. But it got better soon and the group was really nice. The residence where we stayed was for international students who study in Montpellier, like a college dorm with a desk, kitchen and bthe la course. After breakfast we went for a short city tour around Montpellier and I never thought it looked like this. The city was really beautiful and we saw the Arc the Triomf and the view was really pretty too!
The next day we went to the beach in Montpellier. It was first half an hour by tram and and on the highway by bus. We saw pink flamingos there, and they were so cute! I have never seen them in real life and it was pretty cool! When we arrived at the beach is was way bigger than I expected. The water was great and you could actually swim with no jellyfish and we stayed the whole day in the water. There was also a cute guy in our group who asked me to play beach tennis, that was so cute of him. I never really talk a lot with guys because I'm pretty shy around them, even though I love to. So we played tennis and laughed and had a good time!
After the beach we went in the evening disco skating, yeah skating with 40 degrees! My parents thought I was joking but it was really true and a lot fun! There was really loud music and disco lights everywhere and I haven't skated in quite a while so we all had a great time again haha! The next day of our weekend we went to place de la comedie in Montpellier city, the famous place where you have a lot of restaurants, cafes, the cinema basically where the night life starts. We went to visit a museum and to the shopping center Polygone, just around the corner of place de la comedie. The shopping center was great and I bought a lot of cute things at the Zara and Gap and of course the warehouse Lafayette! If you want to visit Montpellier, you defenitely should go to that shop, it has everything! In the evening we went with the group to eat some dinner and later to the cinema and watched the movie Pitch Perfect 2. I saw the trailer and really wanted to see the movie and we did. I didn't think it was as good as the first one but loved the songs very much. Especially the song called Flashlight was very good and listened afterwards on repeat.. ;) Overall it was a funny movie and good to relax.
After the weekend the language courses started early on Monday morning till Friday morning. Before my trip I really didn't like to speak French that much at all. It was more just for fun because I did it for the city with beach and culture. But after my first lesson I started to really enjoy listening to the teacher actually speaking real French and communicating in French the whole time. I got learn many people on the International Language School(LSF), like a girl from Switserland and a girl from Canada! :) It's around 20 minutes to walk from the residence to the school, but you see a lot of the city. Right now they are building a new tram line though Montpellier city for a little bit sightseeing for tourists. You walk across cute typical French bookstores, cafes and beautiful buildings. The arc de Triomf was actually actually just across the language school. After the lessons we went another 2 times to the beach because everybody enjoyed it very much. Just swimming there in the sea felt like you were really away from everything and it felt like a real holiday to me.
One day after the lessons a girl from my group wanted to go buy some cute things in the big shopping center Odysseum. Nobody wanted to go with her, so I said why not. We walked from the residence to the Place de la Comedie and from there took the tram to the Odysseum. They have almost everything there, like the Zara, Mango, Stradivarius(bought a lot there, so niceee) and Pull and Bear. And a lot of restaurants where you can eat like a panini for two euros! Stradivarius is the brand where I bought a lot of things, it's the sister of the Zara but a little bit cheaper and for young adults like me haha. I bought a few cute tops, a black dress, jumpsuit and blouse.
In between we had spare time to do whatever we wanted to we went to the city to enjoy some crepes of course and they were really delicous! There was in a street close to Place de la Comedie a macarons shop and they looked so colorful and cute but I don't really like, to eat them.. Have you ever eaten macarons? Going to the supermarket there was also fun because you have a lot more than in Holland and even a banana tastes better. I also went to a magazine shop where I bought the Biba, it's a typical French magazine and Marie Claire and more. On Friday evening we went out for dinner with the whole group and afterwards went to the Festival of Montpellier. With al sorts of things to try and with loud music was it very fun!
The last day before we stepped in the bus to go home, we went to the Hamam. It's a spa and wellness center where you can totally relax and scrub, do your nails like everything. I really recommend it because you feel so much better and relaxed afterwards! During my trip here I've definitely learned to be more independent, because my mother wasn't around everytime I needed something. But also feeling more grown up that you went by yourself without your family and still enjoy yourself. Like a feeling you can do everything from now. I believe that if you want to find your though self you have to travel, because you will discover a different side of yourself! ;) I hope you enjoyed my post and if you're still not sure wether to go or not on a language camp you should really go. It might be a little scary first but it's really an investment, you learn a lot and have a really great time!
Have you ever been to Montpellier?
Have a lovely day,