These songs are very different from anything that I have recently listened to, and they are all extremely catchy in their own way.

La Roux – Bulletproof

This 2 person band hails from Britain despite the french name! The lead singer reminds me a lot of Molly Ringwald. I sing this while walking my dog 🙂

SS501 – Love Like This

Yes, it is a South Korean boy band… love it. The song is Korean, but english is thrown in here and there, too.

Helmut Fritz- Ça m’énerve

This song was really popular in the french clubs last winter. I never really knew what he was singing about until I stumbled upon the video. It is actually pretty funny; the singer recounts everything that bugs him, and he is extremely ridiculous.

Ocean Drive’s “Without You (Perdue sans toi) This song is currently huge in France, and it is a great mix of English and French. It is a sweet and simple song about two lovers who have parted ways, and are hoping to reunite. The double language aspect of the song makes me imagine a situation where two exchange students in love parted ways to return their home countries.

Translation of the main parts of the song – thanks to LetsSingIt for the lyrics 🙂

Lyrics Traduction / Translation
You don’t need to think about it, my only love I promise you too.
Don’t need to check it out, trust me, I swear I can’t live without you.
Oh oh oh.

Accro à tes sens, je frise l’effervescence
Je suis dans un brouillard, est-ce trop tôt ou trop tard ?
Plus envie de souffrir, plus envie de mentir
Toi seul me trouveras, je suis… Perdue sans toi

Ta bouche sur ma peau, j’en deviens vraiment accro
Tes mains sur mon corps m’obligent à te dire “Encore”
J’ai envie de te dire “Je t’aime à en mourir”
Je ne trouve plus les mots, chéri, I love you so… Chéri, I love you so…

Tu ne devrais pas y penser, mon seul amour, je te promets
Tu ne devrais pas le vérifier, fais-moi confiance,
Je ne peux vivre sans toi.
Oh oh oh

Hooked on your senses, I am on the verge of turmoil
I am in a fog, is it too soon or too late?
I no longer want to suffer, I no longer want to lie
You alone will find me, I am lost… without you

Your lips on my skin… I become truly hooked
Your hands on my body make me say “More”
I want to tell you that “I love you to death”
I can’t find the words anymore, my dear, I love you so… My dear, I love you so…

Radio Edit

So at this point you have your cities all picked out… what is next? Figuring out where you will stay is a very good idea ahead of time. It is fairly easy to find a hostel or a room in larger cities, but if you’re in Verona, Italia at 4pm (in February) stuck outside in the cold for 5 hours asking strangers in italian how to get to a hostel on the outskirts of town, you are probably wasting a lot of valuable sight-seeing time. We ended up rushing around the next day, and we missed Romeo’s house!

Before you leave I suggest printing out google maps of your hostel locations. If you ever get lost then you can easily show the map to a local.


The main two options for starving students are hostels and couch-surfing. Hostels are really NOTHING like what you may have seen in that scary film of the same name… they remind me a lot of camp; there are generally bunk beds, and good hostels will have lockers. In Ireland I stayed at a hostel where the water in the showers would only run for 10 seconds, and you would have to keeppressing the button in order to have a longer shower.

The price is generally 15 euros ($22 CAD) a night, but it can be higher or lower depending on the season. Pay close attention to whether you will get charged extra for sheets. I was pretty shocked at having to pay extra for this when I arrived at my Barcelona hostel, although it is actually a fairly common practice in Spain.

This is my favourite hostel booking website; they impose no booking fees! You can search by city, and I find the best way to go from there is to filter the hostels by their ratings. The ratings are given by all of the users who visit them, and they are generally very reliable. I like also like reading the comments to see if there are any extra tidbits of info that could serve me well.

I like to pick the hostel by location; the best is when you walk right outside your hostel door and find yourself right amongst the best tourist attractions. This will save you a lot of money on public transit and taxi services!

This site is similar to HostelBookers, but they impose a service charge. I also prefer the navigation of the HostelBookers website. They do have some hostels that may not be listed on HostelBookers, so if you are having trouble finding a hostel, then this is a good place to search.


I have never tried CouchSurfing but I have heard so many good things about it from friends, that I feel like it really deserves mentioning. The essence is that people open up their homes to travelers all over the world, and the hope is that you will also have your door open for them if they are ever in your neck of the woods.

The description from the official website:
“CouchSurfing members share hospitality with one another. These exchanges are a uniquely rich form of cultural interaction. Hosts have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world without leaving home. ‘Surfers,’ or travelers, are able to participate in the local life of the places they visit. We also give more people the chance to become travelers, because ‘surfing’ lowers the financial cost of exploration.”

I believe that proper CouchSurfing etiquette is to buy at least a bottle of wine and/or groceries for your host’s home. I have heard many nice things about how gracious these hosts can be to complete strangers; doing laundry, cooking for them, and even showing the travelers around town. There are different types of CouchSurfing hosts; some are really into acting as tour guides, while others are more strapped for time

Whatever you decide, just be sure to do research to ensure that CouchSurfing hosts have been vouched for, and that you are staying in a safe part of town.


What you say? Hotels on the cheap? In groups, hotel rates can be reasonable! If you are going to a small town, too, there may not be many hostels around, and they could be all the way across town, so staying at a hotel might be the best way to go.

My friends and I stayed in a hostel in Avignon, and the price was right, but we ended up having to walk at least 30 minutes before we could get to the main part of town, and it was enormously difficult to find in the beginning. Because we were a group of three, we probably could have found a good rate at the hotel in the main downtown area (or in “the city” as my australian friends would say.)