Sylvie et Emeric Autour du Monde

Back in July, two of David’s friends took off on a tour du monde (trip around the world). This seems to be pretty common as I’ve heard of many French people/couples who do it. I have no idea how they afford it though!

Sylvie & Emeric started their trip in New York, with visits to Boston, Baltimore, Montreal and D.C. Then they flew down to Chili, Bolivia and Argentina. Currently, they’re in French Polynesia. Then after a month in Australia & New Zealand, they’ll spend 4 months traveling throughout several Asian countries. Finally, they’ll finish with a few days in Finland and Sardinia before returning to France nearly an entire year after they left. They are keeping a blog throughout their trip (if you read French or just want to see pretty photos): SEAM…

I love to travel, but not for more than a few weeks at a time. I miss home too much. I miss my cat, my books, my own bed – just the familiarity of things, really. I’d love to visit all those countries too (and many others), but not in one trip around the world. Plus I would have a really hard time deciding which countries to go to and which ones I couldn’t possibly fit in because of lack of time or money. Basically, I want to go everywhere and see everything.

I’m pretty fortunate that I have already visited several countries: Canada, Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France (just Paris, Provence and my own région though), Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Egypt. And thanks to my siblings’ weddings and friends who live overseas, I will be visiting these places in 2009:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Turkey
  • Scotland & Northern Ireland
  • Washington D.C. (and maybe Boston)

The European destinations are really cheap thanks to low-cost airlines and free accommodation. The ones across the ocean – not so much. But those are for the weddings, so seeing family is more important than saving money.

French Jack-o’-Lantern

Auchan was selling pumpkins this week, so I had to get one. I was surprised they even had them considering how small their Halloween costume section is. And their Halloween candy aisle is just non-existent. There was a huge section for chrysanthemums though, for la Toussaint* – which I stupidly didn’t get when I first […]

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L’Essor Savoyard: Local News from Annecy

Mamie had a copy of l’Essor Savoyard from this week lying around, so I read through it to check out the happenings in and around Annecy. (Unfortunately, this local newspaper doesn’t have a website, but the other one does: Le Dauphiné.) Troops from the 27e BCA, which is located directly across from the lycée I […]

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Change Your Clocks in Europe

Europeans: Daylight Saving Time has ended and you need to set your clocks back an hour (except in Iceland where DST is not used.) DST will begin again on the last Sunday in March. North Americans: Your DST will end next Sunday; except for those in Saskatchewan, a small part of British Columbia, Hawaii, Arizona […]

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Everyone speaks Franglais.

Have I mentioned lately how annoying English words are in French? Just over the past few days, I’ve heard people speaking French say speed, soft, borderline, bad trip, VIP, people, and flashy when they could have just used French words in their sentences. And of course they pronounce these words with French accents, which is […]

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Colin Powell’s Words of Wisdom

From the only Republican I like, Colin Powell, on Meet the Press, October 19, 2008: …I watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period.  And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I […]

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Apéro and Universités

Friday night at an apéro chez des amis, we somehow got on the subject of universities. David mentioned that his mom’s cousin teaches French in Boston, and at the end of each semester, she had to let her students fill out evaluation forms. Everyone but me was surprised and thought it was a bad idea. […]

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Ship or Sheep or Disgust?

I’m preparing the audio files for our Phonetics labs at home, and I’ve been listening to the units in our book, Ship or Sheep?, written by two Brits about 25 years ago. I got to Unit 4 on the [æ] vowel sound and noticed the dialogue they had written using as many words as possible […]

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Pour mes amis canadiens et canadiennes:

Meilleurs vœux pour le jour de l’Action de Grâce! Happy Thanksgiving! P.S. I’m jealous your election is tomorrow instead of 3 weeks away! I ♥ Canada.

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The Story of the Missing Ballot

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who had grown disillusioned with her country. It was too religious, too conservative, too intolerant. I’ll move to France, she thought, and maybe one day my country will get better so I will be less ashamed of it. So off to France she went, and there […]

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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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