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 heaven. The weather is gorgeous. And there are so many interesting places to go in Vaucluse: Orange, Carpentras, Avignon, Roussillon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, etc. As soon as I saw the flat landscape and beautiful architecture of Provence, I knew I was going to love it.

David says we will live here someday. The cost of living is definitely cheaper than in Haute-Savoie, and he knows how much I miss the countryside. I wasn’t made for mountains or apartment living. Annecy is beautiful too, but it’s just not the same.

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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Thiou River

I took a little stroll along the Thiou river yesterday. It’s the shortest river in France at 3.5 km long. It connects the lake in Annecy (cleanest lake in Europe) to the Fier river, and is also featured in every touristic photo ever taken in Annecy because it makes up the cute little canals in […]

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Les Nouveaux Assistants

I still read the forums at assistantsinfrance.com everyday, seeing if I can answer any questions about the program. Recently I discovered the Facebook group too (when did Facebook get so annoyingly popular??) so now I’m spending even more time not doing the things I should be doing, a.k.a improving my French. But if I can […]

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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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