From Annecy to Freiburg and back

The weather is Annecy is finally summer-like and I have to leave! I’m off to Freiburg, Germany, tomorrow (via Geneva and Basel) because I’m co-presenting at the European Writing Centers Association conference. I’ll be dazzling the audience with my knowledge on tutoring ESL students and explaining the different kinds of tutoring that goes on at the Marian E. Wright Writing Center at my undergrad school, the University of Michigan-Flint.  My good friend Martha is coming (I think she’s already arrived?) all the way from Michigan to present with me and I am beyond excited to finally have a friend from back home visit my part of the world. Granted, she has lived in Germany before with her family, so it’s not new to her, but still! I miss my friends!

I’m trying to finalize my part of the presentation, and hoping that my sore throat does not worsen and make me lose my voice before Saturday morning. I’ve made backup copies of everything but I’m still paranoid something will go wrong… Luckily I’m taking Swiss trains instead of French ones so I won’t be affected by the random strikes. CFF beats SNCF any day!

Martha & I will be back in Annecy Sunday through Tuesday, and then we’ll decide where to go from there. Nice? Genoa? Bodensee? Except I cannot check the Annecy-Nice train schedules or prices because voyages-sncf.com does not work right now. Of course. (I also just tried to sign in to my ASSEDIC account and what happened? Their site is down too! I just love French websites!!)

I still need to pack… which leads to the most important question: What should I wear??

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  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    It looks like it is going to be warm all over Europe for the next week or so. I hope you have a great time with your friend.

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    It looks like it is going to be warm all over Europe for the next week or so. I hope you have a great time with your friend.

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    I’d suggest the Nice region of France :) I loveeee it (obviously). Capris/tanktops/teeshirts all year round, except when it rained for like 80 straight days this winter….

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    I’d suggest the Nice region of France :) I loveeee it (obviously). Capris/tanktops/teeshirts all year round, except when it rained for like 80 straight days this winter….

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    oh yeah, P.S. I think Annecy to Antibes was about 80 Euros (don’t remember if that was one way or round trip) but there is a 50 euro Easy Jet flight from Geneva to Nice that is only an hour… whereas the train takes about 8.

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    oh yeah, P.S. I think Annecy to Antibes was about 80 Euros (don’t remember if that was one way or round trip) but there is a 50 euro Easy Jet flight from Geneva to Nice that is only an hour… whereas the train takes about 8.

  • http://lajeunefille07.blogspot.com/ Katie

    Have a great time at your conference! Yes I’m going back to Besançon this fall. I’m going back to school just in case I don’t get renewed. Plus it will keep me a little busier this year. I’m waiting for my boyfriend to pass his teaching concours so thats the main reason why I’m going back. However, after experiencing the nice weather in south, I’m trying to convincer him to move there! Have a great time!

  • http://lajeunefille07.blogspot.com/ Katie

    Have a great time at your conference! Yes I’m going back to Besançon this fall. I’m going back to school just in case I don’t get renewed. Plus it will keep me a little busier this year. I’m waiting for my boyfriend to pass his teaching concours so thats the main reason why I’m going back. However, after experiencing the nice weather in south, I’m trying to convincer him to move there! Have a great time!

  • http://expatraveler.blogspot.com/ expatraveler

    How exciting! Hope you have a wonderful time.

  • http://expatraveler.blogspot.com/ expatraveler

    How exciting! Hope you have a wonderful time.

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