Places

I am back in Haute-Savoie. And I am freezing here, even though it is 20 degrees. (It was 36 in Vaucluse!) I have over 200 photos to sort through and upload. I miss Provence terribly already.

Annecy is a beautiful place, but I’m anxious to move somewhere else. David told me he is too. I need sun and heat, not mountains and rain. I used to think I wouldn’t want to stay in France forever, that Canada or Australia would become my future home… but experiencing life in Provence made me fall in love with this country all over again. The thought of staying here forever doesn’t bother me, as long as I live in the south.

However, I still think about Quebec a lot. My bilingual, bi-cultural heaven in North America. I would like to live there someday, regardless of the cold winters. I just don’t think we can afford to immigrate anytime soon.

A close friend whom I admire sent me a postcard from New Caledonia. She studies in Sydney at the moment and I’m dying to visit her and Australia (plus New Zealand & New Caledonia, of course). But I can’t. Not yet anyway.

The world is so big and I feel a need to experience it all. I’ve been to a lot of places already, but it’s nothing major, nothing like a tour du monde. My love of geography, history and languages will not let me rest until I’ve seen everything.

Vaucluse Photos

I love this vacation. It was so nice to not worry about airport workers rifling through my bags, or going over the weight limit, or bringing too many liquids. After 25 € in tolls and 3 hours of driving, we arrived in Provence. Everyday we get up and go to a new place, return to […]

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Les vacances

I am currently in the département of Vaucluse in the région of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA). I am in the south of France for a week-long vacation. David & I are staying at his uncle’s house in a small commune of 5,000 people. It’s so quiet and peaceful here. Plus there’s a pool! This place is […]

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Stoopid

The US was the only country to prohibit lighters on airplanes. That ban will be lifted on August 4. However, it’s still far too dangerous to bring more than 3 ounces of shampoo in your carry-on throughout most of the world. Everyone knows liquids explode more than lighters do! Cigarette lighters, breast milk OK on […]

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Crise cardiaque… ou presque

I almost had a heart attack thinking I wasn’t even on the waiting list of assistants… then I finished the rest of the first sentence. Que je suis bête quelque fois ! I don’t even remember e-mailing this person, especially since she only takes care of primaire assistants, but hey, I’m getting my name and […]

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Why I hate flying, reason #214

Does anyone else think it’s completely unfair that airlines have the right to change your flight itinerary at any time they choose? David & I bought our Christmas tickets to Michigan way back in January through Orbitz. Since then, our flight itinerary has been changed three times – always to more inconvenient times, such as […]

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I can’t explain my country.

As a foreigner here in France, I am constantly asked to explain how life is in the United States. Do you have this in America? Is it legal to do that? What do Americans think about this? Just as most Americans have no idea how small European nations are, most Europeans have no idea how […]

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Le Tour de France

Le Tour de France is in Haute-Savoie today! Unfortunately, it’s not coming to Annecy, but the route is northeast of here. The cyclists just went through Bonneville and they will end in Le Grand Bornand, a popular ski destination. Today is also la fête nationale (NOT independence day, even though many Anglophones call it that). […]

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Bad news but in a nice way

After sending countless e-mails to the rectorat of Grenoble, I finally sent a few to people who work specifically for Haute-Savoie. I was told I haven’t been renewed and all the posts are already taken, which I assumed would happen. But at least they were nice about it: Mademoiselle,Tous les postes sont pourvus pour le […]

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Two weeks later

What have I been able to accomplish in the past two weeks? You would think quite a lot since I have no real job and plenty of free time. But that really doesn’t matter when you have to wait and wait and wait for things to be done by the French bureaucracy. Still no new […]

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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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