Le retour en France

I arrived back in France at 6 AM Saturday morning, a full hour ahead of schedule. I guess the pilot flew really fast? I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I did not have to pay $50 for my second checked bag, though I still don’t know why. The kiosk screen at check-in clearly said I could only have one bag free, but when I entered 2, it still said free, so that was awesome. In addition to the shorter than expected flight, I got to watch both Wolverine and Star Trek in English and the food was not terrible. Not having to go through passport control and security again at every connection was also quite nice. I miss flying within the US.

Obviously I cannot sleep now as it is 4 AM here. I can never sleep on planes, or in cars, or anywhere that isn’t my bed for that matter, so now I feel exhausted and awake at the same time. I hate how almost all flights to Europe are overnight flights. What a horrible idea. I lounged around for most of the day because I felt like a zombie, and I keep having this weird muscle cramp in my leg. I suppose I should try to sleep during the night so I can get back on a regular schedule. But playing with my new desktop computer and eating chocolate mousse sounded like a better idea.

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  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Welcome home Jennie !

    I hate returns for more than one reason, but for numéro un, the jet lag. I always suffer coming back to France, but very little arriving the other way.It takes me a few days too.

    I hope that your leg gets better soon; cramps are awful to go through.

    Enjoy your homecoming :)
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..East & West meet for dinner =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Welcome home Jennie !

    I hate returns for more than one reason, but for numéro un, the jet lag. I always suffer coming back to France, but very little arriving the other way.It takes me a few days too.

    I hope that your leg gets better soon; cramps are awful to go through.

    Enjoy your homecoming :)
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..East & West meet for dinner =-.

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

    Hey, you got lucky with the bag! That’s pretty awesome.

    Glad you made it back safely :)
    .-= Monique´s last blog ..Hum. =-.

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

    Hey, you got lucky with the bag! That’s pretty awesome.

    Glad you made it back safely :)
    .-= Monique´s last blog ..Hum. =-.

  • danielle

    Glad u got in safe. i just went on a long road trip and also have the weird leg cramps! I am worried. Is yours in the outer thigh muscle and kind of comes and goes ?

  • danielle

    Glad u got in safe. i just went on a long road trip and also have the weird leg cramps! I am worried. Is yours in the outer thigh muscle and kind of comes and goes ?

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

    For some reasons, every time I fly to France, I arrive ahead of schedule (except for the one time with Zoom where we were… 35 hours late!).

    I think it has something to do with the winds…
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Building Reflections =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    For some reasons, every time I fly to France, I arrive ahead of schedule (except for the one time with Zoom where we were… 35 hours late!).

    I think it has something to do with the winds…
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Building Reflections =-.

  • George

    I love your French Lessons. I keep attempting to learn the French Language because we love the country so ………. Paris is wonderful – but I would also love to live in Provence where we have traveled on several occasions. Love wine from the Bandol Region which is now available in Deland, Florida.

  • George

    I love your French Lessons. I keep attempting to learn the French Language because we love the country so ………. Paris is wonderful – but I would also love to live in Provence where we have traveled on several occasions. Love wine from the Bandol Region which is now available in Deland, Florida.

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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