Is it 2005 again?

I heard some loud laughing down in the parking lot earlier tonight, but I thought it was just the noisy neighbors having a party. But because I’m so curious nosy, I decided to look outside and see what they were up to. Oops, my bad. Not a party. Just a burning car across the street. And the lady was crying, not laughing.

Luckily it was a tiny car with a small gas tank so there were no large explosions. The car parked to its right got burned pretty badly too, and a trail of gasoline underneath the other cars to the left caught fire for a few minutes. I could feel the heat from the fire standing at my window, but at least I wasn’t like the other badauds who went outside. And I couldn’t believe how many idiots decided it would still be a good idea to drive past a burning car when it could explode at any second.

I don’t think the fire was set intentionally, but you never know. I mean, there’s definitely no riots like in 2005 or voyous just being huge jerks and destroying things for the fun of it, but I hear insurance fraud is on the rise thanks to the crise… But if you’re going to torch your own car, wouldn’t you try to do it far away from other cars so there’s no other damage? Or do criminals not think that way?

Our apartment still smells a little like burned gasoline – which is oh so pleasant, btw – and Canaille has finally come out from behind the couch. The small explosions were louder than fireworks and he was crying like a huge baby (similar to the way he cries when I take him to the vet). He’s already back to sleep, and I’m off to bed soon too as I am exhausted. That was enough excitement for my Friday night!

A dozen would just be too many.

Who says that French doctors overprescribe medication? 11 boxes is normal, right? I went to the doctor for help with my winter depression, fatigue and insomnia. That cost me 55 € just to see him, of which I’ll probably be reimbursed about 20 €. Then I went to the pharmacy to get the prescriptions, which […]

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Cat in Couette

For the second year, we’ve had a technician come to verify that the chauffage au sol is actually working, and sure enough, they tell us everything is fine. Then why is it only 14 C / 57 F when we get up in the morning?? I seriously think the (main) reason why I don’t like […]

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Pont de la Caille between Annecy & Geneva

The Pont de la Caille (also known as Pont Charles-Albert) on the former RN 201 in Haute-Savoie is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world. It was built in 1839 over the Usses River by the engineer Belin. However, in 1929 another bridge was built next to it for a tramway line between […]

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It has been a while. (For me, anyway.)

I suppose I’ve been too tired and sluggish to do anything on my site or blog since we still have no heat in the apartment. It’s been snowing most of the week too, so double yay. I also recently discovered that the building where my office is located on campus does not have a heating […]

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Not much has changed.

I keep spending too many hours online searching for a new place to live in the countryside and for that perfect PhD program that I can apply to in a few years. The problem is that I don’t know where we will be moving to this summer, so it’s impossible to actually find a new […]

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Téléfrançais – Episode 1

Hey, I have an idea! Let’s put a talking pineapple, a creepy pilot doll, skeletons playing music, and two kids together in a video to teach useful French phrases like Je suis un ananas and Ce n’est pas possible ! Brilliant, right? Thanks to Dedene for this gem.

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Exchanging French Francs for Euros is Still Possible?

I just saw an article on 20minutes.fr that mentioned today is the very last day for exchanging 100 franc bills (the “Delacroix”) for euros.  Apparently at the end of 2008, there were 12.14 million 100 franc bills still in circulation? All other franc bills can still be exchanged until February 17, 2012.  I had no […]

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Links Roundup for Learning Languages Online (Audio Version)

I’ve been slowly going through my Language Links page to delete dead links and add new ones. Some new language sites that I’ve come across since my last links post include audio prominently: SWAC Audio Collections provide pronunciations for a wide range of words in 11 languages: Bielorussian, Czech, Chinese, German, English, French, Dutch, Russian, […]

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It’s coming! The big strike of January 29!

FYI: France will be on strike this Thursday, January 29. You know it will be big because it has its own website: 29janvier2009.fr There’s even a Google Map of local manifestations. Wooo first major grève of the year!

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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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