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Sports and car enthusiast. I enjoy taking part in sports such as jogging where I can push myself. I like the fresh air and setting personal challenges. As an active and curious person, I am always looking for new places, new cultures, and new people to discover. But after all, as a French person, food remains the number one of my favourite topics!

Mini survival guide for visiting France

Are you planning on making a detour to France? This mini guide is here to help you out during your journey.

Let’s talk about food

Buy your bread, baguette, or croissant in a proper bakery, it’s the same price as in supermarkets and it tastes so much better. Regarding wine, you may be a bit confused seeing all the different sorts, if you don’t know what to order at the restaurant an easy rule is red for meat based dishes and white for fish based dishes.

Social life

Always be late. This is an unwritten rule but being late is normal when you are invited at a party, if your friend told you it starts at 8pm, don’t come before 8:30pm MINIMUM, it’s the rule. And if you are currently panicking because the nightclub is empty, relax, because they go out later most people arrive around 1am. As a result, most nightclubs open at 11pm and shut at 5 or 6am.

On the move

If you are a globetrotter, two bus companies are available to travel within the country, Ouibus and Flixbus. They are very affordable and you can even travel to Germany, Spain, Italy or Switzerland. You can also register on Blablacar, a car-sharing website, where people offer all sorts of different journeys for a third of the price of a train ticket.

If you have any experiences or travel tips that you would like to share, feel free to drop a comment in the box below!

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Mini study guide for online research

Whether you are doing a dissertation or independent studies, it is inevitable that you will end up doing online research. If you don’t know where to start, where to look for information, or how to share your work, here is a condensed guide for you.

Have you thought about social media?

Social media can be very useful to start with when it comes to finding information, especially Twitter. If you are looking for research ideas or potential partners, you can easily follow conversations thanks to hashtags, and it can also be useful to gather data. LinkedIn can also be a way to link with businesses or professionals who can help you during your research.

Academic social what?

Yes, academic social networks, creating an account on such websites like Academia, Research Gate and Humanities Commons allows you to connect with other researchers and share your work. Academia and Research Gate can provide you with articles that you can’t automatically access via the University log in, by simply requesting them to the author. The following video introduces each of these academic social networks.

Pay attention to ethics

If you have any doubts about intellectual property and want to know how not to breach the law and how to protect your work, check out the University guide about Intellectual Property Rights to get an insight.

For further help, the Hull University skills team created a dedicated website covering topics ranging from research networking to mapping your digital world. 

Have you already tried these research techniques? Have you got a favourite way to carry out online research?

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Mini travel guide for explorers

Looking for a holiday trip to France? Whether you like snow, sun, or simply nice landscapes there is always a place for you! If you like culture, history and ruins, you will find something to visit pretty much anywhere you go.

For mountain explorers…

France offers plenty of activities in the mountains, which you can enjoy during summer, just as much as during winter, thanks to activities such as summer sledging. The Alps are renowned for their exceptional scenery and are home to the highest point in the European Union called the Mont Blanc which peaks at 4808 meters.

L’Alpe d’Huez

For beach explorers…

The south coast of France is ideal if you want to get a nice tan. On the east part of the coast between Marseille and Nice, you will mainly find narrow and rocky beaches, whereas on the west part around Narbonne you will find wide and sandy beaches. You also will find one of the best nature reserves such as the island of Porquerolles which is worth seeing for its untouched scenery, turquoise water and its amazing wildlife.

Island of Porquerolles

For the adventurous…

If you can’t make your mind up, Annecy is perfect for you, this medium sized city offers one of the purest lakes in Europe. During summer, the average temperature of the lake is 23 degrees, having said that, you can easily admire the mountains while swimming in the crystal-clear water or laying down on one of the various beaches.

Annecy lake

Have you ever been to France? Tell us about your experience!

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