Australia

I have officially turned down the PhD position and scholarships in Perth. I was supposed to move there by the end of May. In two months.

But I realized that a Phd in Public Health wasn’t really for me, and I didn’t want to do it if my heart wasn’t fully in it. So I gave my spot to a student on the reserve list.

I don’t regret not doing a PhD anymore, but I am a little sad that I’m missing out on Australia. Maybe it’s because Julie is in Sydney now, or because I’m growing more and more dissatisfied with France… I know David wants to visit Australia and New Zealand, so we will eventually go there. Someday.

No work

For the fifth time in 10 weeks, my first class on Monday was cancelled and no one told me. The teacher even told me last week that the second class would be cancelled, but that the first one would be there. I actually don’t really mind though because it gave me an excuse to be […]

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Sorry I’ve been neglecting you, blog.

France celebrated Daylight Savings Time this morning, so now I am back to being 6 hours apart from Michigan. I checked my details on the CAF website yesterday, and I will be receiving 650 € for the months of November to February! No word yet if David and I will receive anything since we’re PACSed […]

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Great weekend

David and I were officially PACSed yesterday, March 16! I also received more information from the CAF, so they may be helping with rent soon. Four more weeks of work! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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March…

There are only 4 weeks of class left before the spring vacation. Then I work for 2 weeks and 1 day and I am finished! I do enjoy teaching, but I’m starting to feel restless for this summer to arrive. Luckily the weather has been mild this winter, but I am dying for some hot […]

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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 […]

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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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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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