At the French-Irish Symposium, hosted by the French Ambassador, Mr Jean-Pierre Thébault and Professor Huw Lewis of the UL Graduate School, UL students Rosie Hynes and Rachel McCourt received first and second prize respectively for the best academic results from their Erasmus academic placements in France in the 2015/16 academic year.
First prize winner, Rosie Hynes, shared with us a snapshot of her time in Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier.
“Gai lézard, bois ton soleil! L’ heure ne passe que trop vite, Et demain il pleuvra peut-être.”
This is a quote from Frédéric Mistral, a poet and writer from the south of France. It would probably translate as; “Gay lizard, drink up your sunshine! The hour passes only too quick, and tomorrow it may rain.”
For me it sums up many images of the south of France; the animals, such as this lizard drinking up the sunshine and the sun, the very epitome of the south. The overall meaning offers a get-up-and-go attitude. Make the most of today as we never know what tomorrow may bring . My entire Erasmus year was based on this attitude as never a day went by that I did not gain experience from. I fell in love with the country, the language and, maybe most importantly, a Frenchman. Vive la France!