I do not miss Michigan (this week).

It’s been rather nice here lately. Mid 60′s and sunny. I even took off my coat and lied down outside on the grass today during my break. I have missed the sun so much!  And the sun doesn’t even set until 8:30pm these days!

In contrast, my parents have like 5 inches of snow on the ground. In April.

I love that even though the most southern point of France is at the same latitude as Detroit, the weather is much less cold and extreme here than it is in Michigan. Thank you Atlantic Ocean for your warm currents. This frileuse appreciates it!

Needless to say, I’m feeling good this week.  I’m sure the weather, spring vacation, and the Dominican Republic all have something to do with it. But I’m also happy for the new English assistants who just received their acceptance e-mails. (Almost a month earlier than last year – way to go embassy!)  It reminds me of when I received my acceptance letter and was so excited all summer long before coming to France.

And my excruciatingly long, 12 hour Tuesdays are finally finished! I had a crappy schedule this semester, but the morning labs have finished already, so no more wasting time and nearly falling asleep between classes. One more day of work before spring vacation, and then afterwards, only three more days of work before I finish on April 27 and have all summer off (until mid-September!)  And it’s paid vacation, of course.

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    Same here! Even though it’s a bit wet in Britanny, it’s better than snow in Ottawa :-)

    Zhus last blog post..Bourgeoise Nantes

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    Same here! Even though it’s a bit wet in Britanny, it’s better than snow in Ottawa :-)

    Zhus last blog post..Bourgeoise Nantes

  • Neil Bishop

    Jennie, your site would be worth visiting if only for the exquisite first photo of you! But above all, you deserve a UN medal for your generous contribution to others, to the world and to the cause of pluralingualism.

    I lived 4 years in Asic-en-Provence and 6 in Marseille and am a huge fan of France… and of Québec (all of it, not just the lovely capital city). The generalization “Québécois French” is a little misleading, as is “British English”, for example: Québécois, as do Brits and all linguistic groups, I suppose, use different sociolects etc depending on the circumstances in which they are expression themselves. So do the French.

    THANKS, JENNIE, AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ! Neil in Canada (used to live in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, just across from Michigan)

  • Neil Bishop

    Jennie, your site would be worth visiting if only for the exquisite first photo of you! But above all, you deserve a UN medal for your generous contribution to others, to the world and to the cause of pluralingualism.

    I lived 4 years in Asic-en-Provence and 6 in Marseille and am a huge fan of France… and of Québec (all of it, not just the lovely capital city). The generalization “Québécois French” is a little misleading, as is “British English”, for example: Québécois, as do Brits and all linguistic groups, I suppose, use different sociolects etc depending on the circumstances in which they are expression themselves. So do the French.

    THANKS, JENNIE, AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ! Neil in Canada (used to live in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, just across from Michigan)

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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