Going home

I return to France tomorrow. Well, it will be Thursday by the time I get there. I have two suitcases packed to the maximum weight limit (one of those being full of books…) plus a carry-on that might be a little too heavy for me to lift over my head and a “purse” that’s actually a messenger bag. I had to leave some stuff behind that I’ll have to get in October when I return again for Teresa’s wedding.

I’ve accomplished almost everything I needed to get done while I was here. I’m still waiting on some paperwork in the mail, but I suppose there’s nothing I can do about that. I had to renew my driver’s license since my 25th birthday is on Friday, and I plan on exchanging it for a French license as soon as I receive it. (Fourteen US states have exchange programs with France so that Americans from those states can exchange their US licenses for French licenses without having to pay – luckily Michigan is one of those states!)

And since it’s been so long since I’ve had to take out a student loan for tuition, I can’t remember when I will receive any financial aid. Is it 2 weeks after the start of the semester? A month? All I know is that my $1,656 tuition bill is already “due” and collecting late fees.

My cousin’s wedding was this Saturday and it was really nice. Normally I hate weddings, but this was my closest cousin and I really like his wife. Though it does make me feel old. My brother and his girlfriend are finally engaged (it’s been about 6 years!), but she still has a year of law school left so I don’t think the wedding will be for a while.

I visited my old high school on Monday and gave some French ads and newspapers to my first French teacher, Madame Refice. It was so good seeing her again. I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I graduated from high school. I don’t wish I were still in high school, but I do wish I could be in her French class again.

It wasn’t hard to adjust to American life again when I got here last week. I have a feeling it will be hard to adjust to French life again though. Mostly because I haven’t spoken any French in a week. At least the election is over so something else will be on French TV for once!

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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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