Australia to France in December

Traveling from Australia to France always involves a lot of flying (ok, Australia to Anywhere involves a lot of flying), but changing seasons is another big shock that is hard to get used to. I spent Christmas in summer with temps in the 30s C / 90s F and then I came back to the Alps where it is snowing and barely above freezing.

I went from this:

to this:

and on Sunday I will be heading to Michigan where it is even colder and more snow is in the forecast.

I am enjoying my time in France even though this trip is rather short (only 4 days). I went to Grenoble yesterday to meet up with Crystal (Crystal goes to Europe) and Dana (grenobloise) and today I am spending New Year’s Eve in Annecy. Actually, I’m spending most of my time with this furball since I haven’t seen him in nearly six months:

He hasn’t changed at all.

Bonne année à tous et à toutes !

Happy New Year everyone!

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  • Tyler Hamilton

    Happy New Year Jennie!  Whose cat is that?  Thanks and I love your blog!

  • Tyler Hamilton

    I just read your about page and see that it must be Canaille… sorry I am new to your blog.

  • Sandy Maberly

    So glad you get some face time with your kitty! Happy New Year!

  • Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Tyler! Happy New year to you too! That is my cat, Canaille, but he still lives in France. I didn’t want to put him through the quarantine in Australia so I decided to leave him in Annecy.

  • Jennie Wagner

    Happy New Year to you too! :)

  • SecondLanguageLrning

    I know exactly what you mean. My husband is from Mauritius (a native French speaker), also in the southern hemisphere, and it is a real shocker to travel across the equator during the solstice periods.

    Did you try seeing which way the water goes down the drain in the two hemispheres? I actually believed that it was true what people said about the different directions, but it is not.

    Don’t be too depressed in your winter wonderland!

  • Jennie Wagner

    I had actually forgotten about that myth until I watched the Simpsons again. lol I wonder why so many people believe it. The water doesn’t even swirl down the drain in either direction, it just goes straight down.

    Have you been to Mauritius? I would love to go there!!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.


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