Success (sort of) again.

Is it weird that I actually don’t mind going to the préfecture? Since I had finally received my new arrêté de nomination and procès-verbal (six weeks late, but no biggie, right?!?), I had to head back to the préf and do another changement du statut from visiteur to travailleur temporaire. I was a tiny bit worried they would ask for a new visa, but luckily they didn’t. I had all of the documents listed on the form they gave me last month… except now they are requesting a new medical visit. (I think because I’m changing back to a worker card – I certainly didn’t need it when I got my visiteur card this summer.)

I highly doubt my school has asked for an appointment at the ANAEM. Since I’m the only non-EU citizen assistant there, they tend to forget things aren’t as simple for me… which is weird since last year’s English assistant was American too.

Anyway, the man working there is quite pleasant and he remembers me because of the lost card fiasco this summer, so I like going to the préfecture these days. I received my new récépissé and autorisation provisoire de travail; now I just need to go to Grenoble and do the visite medicale, and I won’t have to deal with stupid paperwork again until March!

Je suis de mauvaise humeur.

The strike is finally over! Well, almost. I don’t have to take a train again until Friday, so I’m happy. I want to know why the SNCF thinks they can replace a train with one little bus and think there will be enough room for everyone. Luckily I work close to the provenance of the […]

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Are we at war?

Sabotage on the railways???? Say what??? French trains “hit by sabotage” Are you serious, France?

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Chez le dentiste

Good news: Dentist appointments in France last about 10 minutes. I’ve never had any problems with my teeth in my life (not one single cavity!), but since I haven’t been to the dentist since before I moved to France, I thought I’d better go. The dentist was talking so incredibly fast, so I’m not sure […]

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This is rather long.

I realized I haven’t made an actual post in quite a while. I guess that means nothing too interesting has been happening. I’m still commuting more than an hour to work 3 days a week, and it’s made me so incredibly tired. Plus we have no heat in our apartment, so I have to spend […]

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At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders […]

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Remember, remember the fifth of November…

Today is David’s and my one year anniversary.

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Burger TV? Seriously?

There’s going to be a new TV channel in France aimed at American expats. It’s called Burger TV. How unimaginative and stereotypical. Here’s an actual quote from one of the directors of the channel: “When you are an American living outside your country you miss two things: your television shows and a good burger!” Excuse […]

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Je cherche une voiture automatique.

I’m trying to find an automatic car that isn’t too expensive so that I don’t have to take the train to work anymore. Comprehending car ads in French is no easy task. And thanks a lot, paruvendu.fr, for recently removing the search function that specifies boîte automatique instead of boîte manuelle. ::sigh:: I am not […]

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Air France and Summertime

David’s father was returning from Thailand this morning and he made it safely to Paris. Then Air France decided to go on strike, so his flight to Geneva was cancelled, as well as all other flights within France until MONDAY. They’ve also cancelled several international flights. So papa had to rush to Gare de Lyon […]

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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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