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 years was a little challenging, but somehow I managed.
We mostly wandered around the old town, went to Mozarts Geburtshaus, and went on a Sound of Music tour (which also took us into the lakes and mountain district). Then we watched the movie at our hostel, of course. The weather was a little rainy and chilly, but it wasn’t too bad. However, the weather in Annecy was really cold when we returned. It had been 27 degrees before we left, and now it’s under 10. And of course, now it’s difficult to switch back to French since I’ve been trying so hard to remember my German.
Seven more weeks of work and then I have another 2 weeks off for Christmas. I finally have my schedule for all 3 schools. I have to work 5 days a week, but at least I only have to get up early once. Some classes I will see every week, some every other week, and some once a month. I have no idea how I’ll ever remember all of my students’ names.
I’m returning to Grenoble this Friday to accompany another assistant to his medical visit. My visit was really simple – chest X-ray, eye test, listen to heart, etc. They even let you keep the X-ray for some reason. I was able to apply for my residency card the next day and I should receive it within a month. No more annoying paperwork for a while!
When I returned from Salzburg, I had an e-mail from Australia waiting for me. I was accepted in the PhD program in Public Health at the University of Western Australia. I was awarded two scholarships: one that pays my tuition and one that pays me $20,000 as a living stipend. So I’ll be moving to Perth in June, less than a month after I return to the States in May.
So now I really need to finish my Master’s thesis in Linguistics. I’m going to write it while I’m here in France, but I’ve been so preoccupied with teaching and paperwork that I haven’t had a chance to really start it. But hopefully I’ll get at least a few pages done before Christmas.
A la prochaine !