Bonne Année !

So much has happened in the past two months. I spent Christmas and New Year’s in France with my boyfriend’s family. My vacation was a little hectic because I got sick twice and I even missed the first week back at work in January because I had a horrible flu. But I did manage to go to Dublin for a few days. It was my first trip to Ireland.

Now there are only 4 more weeks until the next vacation. My parents will be visiting during the February break and we’re going to Paris. Then I’m going to Barcelona with another assistant for a few days. It will be my first time in Spain.

I’m half done with my thesis. It will be so nice to finally get that done with. Except I have to pay about $1,000 just to get the last few credits I need to graduate this spring. But then I will have a Master’s degree!

I have my lessons scheduled and planned already until the end of April (the end of my teaching contract). Now I just need to finish some little details and I can concentrate more on studying French and spending time with the boyfriend.

I tried to apply for the CAF last month, but was refused because I don’t have my carte de séjour yet. Things are so much more complicated for non-EU residents here. I really wish I were British…

I’m still waiting for my new Carte Vitale too. The social security office sent me two Carte Vitales with the wrong number on it. ::sigh:: I’ve had to go to the doctor three times in the past three weeks and get three different prescriptions. It’s very confusing to do that without a Carte Vitale.

And I finally bought a monthly bus pass so I don’t have to walk everywhere. It’s actually still nice out, about 10 C / 50 F everyday, but it’s also nice to be able to hop on a bus whenever I want to.

Two months

I can’t believe it’s almost December. The past 2 months have flown by. I’ve already received my second paycheck and there are only 3 more full weeks of class before Christmas vacation. I’ve been really enjoying my work here in France. The teachers and students are nice, and a lot of them earnestly want to […]

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Salzburg, Austria

This past weekend I went to Salzburg with a few other assistants. We rented a car and drove there and it took 12 long hours. But Austria was just as beautiful as I remembered it. I would love to live in the Austrian countryside someday. Attempting to speak German after not studying it for 5 […]

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Vacation already?

I have two weeks of vacation coming up: les vacances de Toussaint. I don’t work again until November 6. I don’t know if I’ll go anywhere since I still haven’t been paid, but it’s nice to have a vacation already! I might go to Grenoble to visit a friend, or maybe Lyon because I’ve heard […]

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Three weeks later

I’ve been in France for 3 weeks now. I love it here. Annecy is so beautiful and the mountains are always in sight. I’ve made some good friends with the other language assistants and work is fun. I like all of the English teachers I work with and the students are enthusiastic about learning English. […]

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Bonjour !

Je suis arrivée en France ! J’habite à Seynod, une banlieue d’Annecy. J’ai acheté un téléphone portable et j’ai ouvert un compte bancaire hier. Je me suis bien installée ici. I have arrived in France! I live in Seynod, a suburb of Annecy. I bought a cell phone and opened a bank account yesterday. I […]

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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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