From Annecy to Chambéry in May

Finally some news about David’s training and job.

David will be in Montpellier May 25 to June 12 for training, and then on June 15 he’s supposed to be in the city where his actual job is. We have no idea yet where that will be though!  We’re hoping to find out at the beginning of April so we can plan ahead.

There will be about 15 cities in France that he’ll have to choose from, and the preliminary list of cities didn’t have many in the south where I would love to live, but it did include Chambéry. He’s 13 out of 17 though, so I hope we don’t get stuck way up north or in Paris…

I will definitely be living in Chambéry for next year (until May 2010 at least) – but who knows if I will be alone with the cat or if David will be with me. David’s going to give notice at his job in Annecy and we also need to give our préavis to the landlord so she can find a new tenant. We plan on moving out at the beginning of May, when David will have some time off between finishing his old job and starting his training – which is in like 6 weeks. Not that I’m already stressing about it or anything.

So if anyone wants to live in a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs of Annecy, let me know. It’s a cute apartment and it was fine for David and me for a while, despite the lack of heat in the winter…

The Second Half of March

We are more than halfway through March, thank goodness. I’ve always hated this month and can’t wait for it to be over. Last year, my car broke down in March and I had to pay 1200 € to fix it. That was nothing compared to the awful tragedy that happened this March though. I lost […]

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France chooses Annecy to bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics

It’s official! Annecy beat Nice, Grenoble, and Pelvoux to become France’s candidate city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The AP reports that cities in South Korea, Germany, Norway and maybe even the US will also bid for the 2018 JO (Jeux Olympiques). The International Olympic Committee will announce the winner in July 2011. www.annecy-2018.fr

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Just Matt

My former French professor from the University of Michigan-Flint passed away yesterday. Matthew Hilton-Watson collapsed while he was teaching a class and died on his way to the hospital. He had been suffering from pneumonia. He was only 40 years old. He was one of only two full-time French professors at the smaller Flint campus. […]

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Adjoint de Contrôle de la DGCCRF

David received his concours notes and proposition d’affectation today! And he got his first choice, so he’s going to be an adjoint de contrôle de la DGCCRF (La Direction générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes). He’s already sent back the form saying that he accepts the proposition d’affectation. […]

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The Joys of French Administration

I am in the process of gathering paperwork to renew my carte de séjour vie privée et familiale. I thought I had everything I needed, but no, of course not. David & I were running all over Annecy this morning so I could take my stupid ID photos and get a recent récépissé de PACS […]

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Mon Amour, le Fonctionnaire

David took a competitive exam (concours) to become a civil servant (fonctionnaire) in France. It began with a multiple choice exam in December, and since he passed that, he was able to go on to the interview in February. We found out on March 9 that he succeeded and that he will become a fonctionnaire!!!  […]

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Carnaval Vénitien d’Annecy 2009

Annecy is the Venice of France, so we have our own version of the Venetian Carnival. The Carnaval Vénitien is currently taking place in Annecy. David & I went downtown to see the parade this afternoon, but then quickly remembered what “parade” means in Annecy. The Masques walk very, very slowly through the old town, […]

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Miss Harriet, Maupassant, and le break

“Nous étions sept dans le break, quatre femmes et trois hommes…” The short story, Miss Harriet, was written in 1883 by Guy de Maupassant. In the very first sentence is the word le break – meaning horse-drawn carriage. Nowadays it means a station wagon and when I learned this, I just assumed it was an […]

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Master’s in Teaching French at University of Arizona

Maybe it’s the never-ending cold inside and outside, but I keep looking for Master’s programs in French in warm climates… et voilà, I found the perfect program at the University of Arizona in Tucson. They offer a Master’s in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, which is exactly what I’m looking for before I decide […]

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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