La Rentrée is coming! La Rentrée is coming!

It’s the last weekend of summer here in France. Kids go back to school this Wednesday and I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully there will be fewer loud scooters on the street after midnight. And I can go shopping without being surrounded by a bazillion annoying, bratty kids. La rentrée means more than just back to school though – it also means back to work since so many French people take long vacations in July & August (none of this 2 week crap here!) so maybe, just maybe I will finally have my new carte de séjour before my récépissé expires. But I doubt it.

Luckily university starts later, so I still have 3 weeks of vacation before I go back to work. I’m wondering how the hysteria surrounding swine flu is going to affect classes though. Personally I don’t think it’s any worse or any more dangerous than other sicknesses you can get from the general public, but I’m going to be bringing in disinfectant to the computer labs everyday. I  hate thinking about how dirty keyboards are. They harbor more bacteria and germs than toilets because at least toilets get cleaned!

I am ready to go back to work and I’m almost ready for fall. I love the warmth and sunshine of summer, but it’s not as fun when you live in the city. And I feel like I’ve been so unproductive this summer. It was usually too hot for me to sit at the computer and work on my website so I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I wanted to. Plus I was gone a lot, traveling with friends and going to my sister’s wedding. But summer is for vacation, right? I’m hoping when the weather gets colder and I don’t want to go outside, I’ll get focused on my site again.

David still has this week off (and another 3 weeks to take off before the end of the year…) so we’re going to explore the Parc des Bauges and perhaps head over to Albertville to see the Olympic Hall and its medieval cité. I still need to take more pictures of Chambéry too, and go hiking in the Charmettes, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent his summers.

Happy rentrée to those going back to work tomorrow! Et bon courage !

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  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com/ cathy

    and don’t forget the flood of new assistants that will be entering france!

    enjoy the rest of your summer vacation :)
    .-= cathy´s last blog ..simple is best =-.

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com cathy

    and don’t forget the flood of new assistants that will be entering france!

    enjoy the rest of your summer vacation :)
    .-= cathy´s last blog ..simple is best =-.

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com/ Andrea

    I’m ready for fall, too! It’s so much more fun to sit at your computer and study when it’s chilly outside than when it’s hotter then hell… fall also means that it is zucchini bread time, as far as I’m concerned :)
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..Odds and Ends: The spiders =-.

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com Andrea

    I’m ready for fall, too! It’s so much more fun to sit at your computer and study when it’s chilly outside than when it’s hotter then hell… fall also means that it is zucchini bread time, as far as I’m concerned :)
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..Odds and Ends: The spiders =-.

  • http://paulita-ponderings.blogspot.com/ Paulita

    It sounds like a pretty satisfying summer. We had a 17-year-old from Paris stay for five weeks. She doesn’t go back to school until October either.
    My kids are starting on week two, and although I never thought I’d be one of those kinds of mothers, it’s kind of nice to have them gone during the day. Enjoy the fall!
    .-= Paulita´s last blog ..Closing The Book =-.

  • http://paulita-ponderings.blogspot.com/ Paulita

    It sounds like a pretty satisfying summer. We had a 17-year-old from Paris stay for five weeks. She doesn’t go back to school until October either.
    My kids are starting on week two, and although I never thought I’d be one of those kinds of mothers, it’s kind of nice to have them gone during the day. Enjoy the fall!
    .-= Paulita´s last blog ..Closing The Book =-.

  • http://genevainformation.ch/ Alex

    It’s fair enough to say that “life starts again” in France. I’ve always the impression that a whole society goes on vacation – in the months of July and August you can basically forget any business not related directly to tourism ;)

  • http://genevainformation.ch Alex

    It’s fair enough to say that “life starts again” in France. I’ve always the impression that a whole society goes on vacation – in the months of July and August you can basically forget any business not related directly to tourism ;)

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