Still No Answer… But Michelle Arrives on Sunday!!!

We still don’t know if we got the apartment. Hopefully they will tell us Monday morning, and they let us sign the lease the same day or early Tuesday since I leave for Milan at 10:45 AM. If not, I have no idea what we’ll do. I’ll be back the 30th, but David will be gone until June 12th, which means we wouldn’t be able to sign it and move until June 15th. But even if we are able to sign it this week, we probably wouldn’t move all of the furniture until June anyway, meaning I’d have to stay in Annecy during the week I’ll be home between trips. Or else sleep on the floor of an empty apartment since I really don’t want to have to drive back to Annecy after working 10 hour days at the conference. And we’d start paying rent the day we sign the lease, so if we do sign it soon, that would mean paying for an apartment that no one is living in for almost a month.

I am a tad bit STRESSED OUT. I hate this!!  I really wish we could have found a particulier to rent from, but with the time constraint and the fact that not one of them answered their phone or called us back, we didn’t have a choice but to go through an agency and put together a stupid dossier and waste the equivalent of one month’s rent on stupid fees. I am not looking forward to ever moving again in France but with David’s job, we could be moving every few years. Fun fun.

But Michelle arrives in Chambéry on Sunday morning and we are going to wander around the old capital of Savoie since I have yet to be a tourist there. Then it’s back to Annecy before we head to Milan and then all over the Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon. I am extremely excited about finally seeing more of France, but especially excited about seeing Michelle again. She was my roommate back in Flint, and I haven’t seen her since she moved away in February 2006.

And Jason is meeting up with us in Nice! Two friends from Michigan at the same time! He’ll be returning to Annecy/Chambéry with me on the 30th, and we’ll stay in Rhône-Alpes until June 6 when we take off for Istanbul to see Martha (a third friend from Michigan!!). Then it’s home again on June 12th and no more traveling for at least a month, when I return to Michigan!!! Can you tell I’m excited and homesick?

In the meantime I’m trying to pack what I can, which is rather difficult when you don’t know what day you are moving and you also need to pack for a trip, and you have a cat whose idea of “helping” is this:

He slept on those chess pieces three nights in a row. How can that be comfortable??

Renting an Apartment in France (Involves Killing Trees)

We just spent all day in Chambéry looking at apartments, and I think we’ve finally found one. We’re going to call the agence in the morning and head back to Chambé tomorrow to turn in our dossier (i.e. mountain of paperwork). If for some reason we don’t get it, we do have 2 alternate apartments […]

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Listening to text messages / SMS / textos in France

Someone called our apartment this morning, but as it was a 01 number (i.e. Paris) that I didn’t recognize, I assumed it was a wrong number. But they kept calling back every 20 minutes. So I finally answered and heard this: Vous avez reçu un SMS en provenance du 06 xx xx xx xx. Faites […]

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Where did all of this stuff come from??

Packing sucks. I still don’t know what day we’re moving, but I’m already packing some things that we won’t be using in the next few weeks. We have so much stuff! And I don’t know where it all came from! We’ve only been in this apartment for two years, but I wasn’t even in France […]

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How much does your best friend love you?

Mine sent me this, and it was a total surprise because he had never sent me anything before: Bradley, I miss you so much. But see you (and the unicorns!) in July!!!

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May begins with a cold, but ends with a trip

So I had my last night of baby-sitting and my last English lesson in Annecy this past week, and two days later, I was suddenly sick with a stupid cold. And then I was outside for 10 hours – in the sun, then wind, then cold – at a barbecue on Saturday, which I’m sure […]

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Bonne Fête du Travail !

Or Labor Day. Or May Day. Or Day of Protest. Or Lily-of-the-Valley Day. Or go to the movies day. Or yet another excuse for a long weekend day.

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Do As the French Do (but without the mistakes)

Which city was the capital of Roman and Christian Gaul? a. Nice   b. Arles   c. Marseille The correct answer is, of course, LYON. But Ross Steele’s When in France, Do as the French Do claims the answer is c. Marseille, even though page 92 clearly states “Lyon, where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, was […]

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Semester is over and vacation is here. But why am I still so stressed?

I finished my last class of the semester on Monday and I am now on vacation. Technically I don’t work my regular contract hours again until mid-September when the next school year begins. Though I am working extra hours in June at a conference and proctoring the make-up exams for the other English lectrice who […]

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Convenience comes to France in the form of Auchan Drive

I often complain about the lack of convenience in France because I really miss services designed to make your life easier, which seem to be available everywhere in the US (except public transportation…)  We have drive-thru windows not only at fast food places, but also at banks and pharmacies. Some stores stay open 24 hours […]

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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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