Why I hate Delta, reason #743

It’s probably no secret that I absolutely abhor flying. Normally it’s random people in the airport who drive me insane because they are too stupid to not wear a belt or put coins and keys in their pockets when they KNOW they will be going through a metal detector. And don’t even get me started on people who don’t know they have to take their laptops out of their carry-ons. TSA’s liquid ban also makes me want to punch the person who thought that would somehow make us all safer. But what I hate most is how the airlines treat you like crap – and the airline that has always been the worst is Delta.

It’s bad enough they bought out my beloved Northwest (best airline ever. period. RIP.) and left me stranded in Kentucky with a $50 hotel fee a few summers ago, but now I have to fly with them again in order to go home for my sister’s wedding. Even buying the ticket was a nightmare since their website sucks and my ticket was confirmed, but yet not actually approved. I tried getting help from their online chat, but was instructed to call a number that didn’t work. I tried two other customer service numbers that got me nowhere or simply hung up on me. Finally my mom had to call them from Michigan! Not only that, they tacked on a $20 fee to the overall price and did not explain why.

Then today I discover that Delta is now the first major US airline* to start charging a fee for the 2nd checked bag on an international flight, for tickets bought on or after May 23 with travel on or after July 1st. Oh lucky me, I bought my ticket June 1st! So I get to pay an extra $50 when I come back to France in August because there is no way all of my American goodies are going to fit in one suitcase.

If only sea travel weren’t so much more expensive and longer than air travel…

*Unfortunately, Northwest is also charging this fee since they are now technically Delta. Stupid merger. At least the other SkyTeam partners haven’t started charging yet though.

Feux d’Artifices d’Annecy-le-Vieux et de Paris

A lot of the smaller towns in France have fireworks for Bastille Day the night of July 13th instead of on the 14th. Last night we went to Annecy-le-Vieux for their fireworks, and we were also treated to a rock concert for an hour beforehand. The band did covers of nearly everything – Beatles, Rolling […]

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Videos & Subtitles are Best

In my nerdy, just-for-fun independent research on language acquisition, I’ve come across several articles about using video with subtitles in the classroom and how it vastly increases the rate of vocabulary acquisition. Hearing and reading the words in context is very important – now I just wish someone would tell producers of DVDs that… Subtitles […]

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Mélina’s First Birthday Party

Mélina a un an ! Gâteau glacé vanille fraise Seulement trois cadeaux ? Ça, c’est mieux ! [J’ai monté ce vélo pour elle parce que je suis la seule bricoleuse dans la famille ici. Merci le Midwest et papa !] Dans la piscine avec maman La petite reine des cadeaux (avec mamie)

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She who studies during summer vacation.

Now that I’m not working and the apartment is almost finished (Why does it take soooo long to get furniture in France?!?!), I have a lot of free time on my hands. I have been working on my website a little – just uploaded a few lessons from Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST – but […]

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Happy Independence Day, USA!

See you in two weeks!!!

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The True North strong and free!

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends and to those who just love all things Canadian (like me)! I’ve been listening to the national anthem (in English and French, of course) and poking around canada.com for a while now. This linguistics-related article was interesting: Canuck-speak like learning a new language Oh, Bob & Doug, I’ve […]

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Dual Citizenship

I just wanted to say Congratulations and Félicitations !! to two ladies who have gained dual citizenship. I am extremely happy and excited for them.  They worked very hard for this and survived the year-long application process. They give me hope that I’ll be able to become a dual citizen one day too. + Erica […]

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Homesick again

Today is my brother’s wedding reception in Michigan. I went to the wedding in April in the Dominican Republic, and since I’m already going home in July for my sister’s wedding, I couldn’t really afford to go home for this reception too. Now I’m realizing that I probably should have just gone home for 6 […]

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How French bureaucracy will drive you insane

My préfecture allows applying for a new carte grise by mail, so I thought, Great! No waiting in line! I can just send everything by mail and be done with it. Oh, but I was wrong. I mailed my old carte grise, a copy of my CDS, a copy of the June quittance de loyer, […]

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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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