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 when David moved our stuff here in June 2007 (I was visiting Rose in Cairo). So maybe we’ve always had this much stuff and I never really noticed before.

We looked at 4 apartments last week, but only liked the last one. We’re going to try to visit 5 more this week. Michelle arrives on May 17 and we leave on May 19 for Milan, so I’m really hoping we can be moved and settled before then… which is in 10 days!!!

The one we liked is a one bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor (2nd floor in France), near the university, with a huge living room and modern kitchen. There’s no balcony though. We’re going to send in our dossier on Monday and see what happens. If we get that one, we could move in on May 18 (my 27th birthday). Honestly, I’d prefer a 2 bedroom apartment so we can have an office/guest room, but they’re usually too expensive or right downtown where I do not want to live.

This will be the fourth place I’ve lived in France, none of which were really my choice. I rented a room when I was an English assistant, and then David & I lived with roommates for a few months before we moved into this apartment – which we only took because his sister was leaving anyway and it helped us save money over the summer. But I’ve never really liked it and now I cannot wait to leave for good. I’m very anxious and stressed about when we’re going to move, especially with the timing of my trips, the few days I actually work in June and David’s training in Montpellier.

So back to cleaning and packing to work off some of this stress!

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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Finally! We’re moving to: CHAMBERY!!!

+-*After months of waiting and worrying, we finally know where we will be for the next 3 years. David found out today that he got placed in Chambéry! I am very excited as of course this means we don’t have to live apart next year. Now we can finally start looking for an apartment and […]

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The Punta Cana Post

+-*The Dominican Republic was lovely. We had sun everyday except for the wedding when it rained a little. But as they say in Spanish boda lluviosa, boda dichosa – and in French as well, mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux – a rainy wedding is a happy wedding. So first, let me say ¡Felicidades! and Félicitations ! […]

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Back from the Dominican Republic, and back to work

+-*We have made it back to France safely from my brother’s wedding in the Dominican Republic. I will make a real post soon as I am too exhausted to type right now. It’s back to work tomorrow so I’m off to bed. Palm trees on the beach in Punta Cana

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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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