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Rachel J. Roche


Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! The main purpose of which was to keep my friends and family up-to-date with what I was up to during the LL.M. Also includes general ramblings - all views my own. 

Although I have now completed the LL.M I will be keeping the blog active in case it is of any use to anyone wanting to study abroad - to get an idea of how I found it. Of course if you want any "inside info" drop me a line in the Contact tab and Good Luck! 

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Weekend in Paris (Part Three - Last day!)

Posted by Rachel J Roche on August 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Last day! The weather on Saturday morning was perfect. The sun was out and the temperature was just right for rollerblading! It was such fun! We went over to Parc du Luxembourg and up and down the adjacent streets. I noticed quite a few police about and wondered if we were going to get told we weren’t supposed to be rollerblading around the Palace, but on closer inspection, they were just laughing at our attempts to stay upright! The park was really busy, with people jogging, doing yoga...

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Weekend in Paris (Part Two)

Posted by Rachel J Roche on August 11, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

More from last weekend.

Today (the Saturday) was all about finding my bearings and B was also keen to go roller-skating in the Parc du Luxemborg so we scouted out a rollerblade rental and sock shop to visit later in the day. Breakfast was typically French of course – a pain au chocolate/croissant and a coffee near to the Pantheon and, upon looking at the map, it was clear that my new apartment was just around the corner from the café. After breakfast, we headed over to the Pa...

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Weekend in Paris (Part One)

Posted by Rachel J Roche on August 10, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (2)

What a beautiful day. I am sat in Montpellier Park in Cheltenham having lunch and typing on my little netbook. There are plenty of people about but it’s still fairly quiet even for lunch time. Well, apart from a couple of young girls who have now sat right by me laughing incessantly at something some boy has text them. Please be quiet I am trying to type!

There is so much to say as I’ve had a very busy week. This time last week, my friend Becky and I were on our...

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A STEP in the right direction

Posted by Rachel J Roche on August 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This morning I received confirmation that I have passed my most recent Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) thesis which is just brilliant news! The topic was on making gifts out of income for inheritance tax purposes. I have one more thesis to write (and pass) and then I will become a fully qualified member of STEP. I will tackle that when I have finished my course and work placement at La Sorbonne.

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is the leading worldw...

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Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

What a cool few days it has been! The opening ceremony to the Olympics, which Adam and I watched online, was utterly bonkers, but it didn’t stop us watching the whole thing right up until nearly 1am! (How many countries are there in the world? It was like a geography lesson when they were introducing everyone! In fact, I’m going to Google that in a minute).There were certainly some really memorable moments. For me, the Queen jumping out of a plane (as I believe I had previously pr...

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Oscar, I'm trying to revise!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Summer is here for sure! It’s glorious outside and about time too. Just in time for the Olympics and we may take a road trip to London one day to get a load of the atmosphere. I’ve had two brilliant French lessons this week already with Anne. She is working me hard on grammar which is what I need. Lots of committing-to-memory to be done over the next week before my next lesson, although when I don’t think so much about conjugating my verbs, I’m actually better at it! S...

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Le week-end

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Summer is finally here in what has otherwise been a dreary and grey UK. Walking into town to hunt for luggage whilst making the most of the sunshine, I am pleased to advise that I have finally bought what can only be described as 'the mother of all suitcases'. A huge purple thing which is about the size of a mini caravan. As some random guy pointed out to me in the street whilst I was wheeling it home, I could actually fit myself in it!

Adam is away at the moment with work a...

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Parlons Francais

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

For those of you wondering where I found my French teachers, the school is called Parlons Francais in Cheltenham and I highly recommend them. 

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Parlons Français is run by Sophie Franklin, a French national with a wide experience of teaching to adults at all levels, secondary school students ('A' level and GCSE) and young children.Teaching locations includ...

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French Club / Bibliotheque

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

We had French conversation club this evening and it was lovely to see Sophie and the two Annes who have helped me with my French over the course of the last 12 months or so. I also owe them a huge thank you for helping me with my application to La Sorbonne. I honestly think that without them I would not have been in the running for a place at all... merci, merci, merci.  I should have taken some photos to post on the blog this evening. I need to start getting used to brandishin...

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Someone needs a holiday

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

So, it’s the final day of work and it certainly went off with a bang! 

Anyway, the prospect of not doing the ‘daily grind’ for a few weeks feels positively freeing. I've never been in this position before, much like a lot of people I know, and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I am not beholden to the 9-5 any longer and it's amazing. Never being one to sit still for more than 5 minutes, it’s going to be a busy few weeks ahead, but with t...

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Six weeks to go

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (2)

It is now only six weeks to go before I depart. I am very excited and have already starting scouring the shops and internet to find the perfect suitcase! 

Currently working my notice period at work, I can't help but get distracted by the thought of what I will be doing in just a few weeks' time. All the formalities have been sorted, my timetable for the first week has arrived and I'm all set! 

My friend Becky and I will be visiting Paris at the be...

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