During my exchange, I stayed in a little town called Morges on the Leman Lake, right on the border between France and Switzerland. It’s a gorgeous village surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards, the beautiful lake with docs of colourful sailing boats and a panoramic view of the Swiss Alps. In the beginning it was terrifying, as my ability to speak in French was not amazing, so it was extremely difficult to communicate with people. It took a while to get used to, but after the initial shock of arriving, I soon began to meet so many wonderful people and fully enjoy the experience. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel around Switzerland. We went to all the towns around the lake to see the castles, gardens and Christmas markets beside the water. We also went to the beautiful cites of Bern (the capital of Switzerland) and Lucerne which was my favourite. My host family surprised me by taking me to Paris for three days before Christmas, which was unbelievable, and I had the best time. The family also owned a chalet in Champery in the Swiss Alps, where we spent the entire Christmas holidays skiing. I’m so glad that I decided to participate in the exchange program, as I have gained so much not only through the improvement of my French language and the experience of travelling and experiencing the culture, but also because I have become so much more independent and learned about myself as a result.