Still No Answer… But Michelle Arrives on Sunday!!!

We still don’t know if we got the apartment. Hopefully they will tell us Monday morning, and they let us sign the lease the same day or early Tuesday since I leave for Milan at 10:45 AM. If not, I have no idea what we’ll do. I’ll be back the 30th, but David will be gone until June 12th, which means we wouldn’t be able to sign it and move until June 15th. But even if we are able to sign it this week, we probably wouldn’t move all of the furniture until June anyway, meaning I’d have to stay in Annecy during the week I’ll be home between trips. Or else sleep on the floor of an empty apartment since I really don’t want to have to drive back to Annecy after working 10 hour days at the conference. And we’d start paying rent the day we sign the lease, so if we do sign it soon, that would mean paying for an apartment that no one is living in for almost a month.

I am a tad bit STRESSED OUT. I hate this!!  I really wish we could have found a particulier to rent from, but with the time constraint and the fact that not one of them answered their phone or called us back, we didn’t have a choice but to go through an agency and put together a stupid dossier and waste the equivalent of one month’s rent on stupid fees. I am not looking forward to ever moving again in France but with David’s job, we could be moving every few years. Fun fun.

But Michelle arrives in Chambéry on Sunday morning and we are going to wander around the old capital of Savoie since I have yet to be a tourist there. Then it’s back to Annecy before we head to Milan and then all over the Côte d’Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon. I am extremely excited about finally seeing more of France, but especially excited about seeing Michelle again. She was my roommate back in Flint, and I haven’t seen her since she moved away in February 2006.

And Jason is meeting up with us in Nice! Two friends from Michigan at the same time! He’ll be returning to Annecy/Chambéry with me on the 30th, and we’ll stay in Rhône-Alpes until June 6 when we take off for Istanbul to see Martha (a third friend from Michigan!!). Then it’s home again on June 12th and no more traveling for at least a month, when I return to Michigan!!! Can you tell I’m excited and homesick?

In the meantime I’m trying to pack what I can, which is rather difficult when you don’t know what day you are moving and you also need to pack for a trip, and you have a cat whose idea of “helping” is this:

He slept on those chess pieces three nights in a row. How can that be comfortable??

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  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net/ parlezvouskiwi

    Awwwwwwww your kitty cat is so gooooorgeous! I have two kittens right now who sleep hugging each other, it is so sweet!

    Sounds like a busy month of catch ups with friends from Michigan, that will be nice to show them your new home :-) Enjoy!

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  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net parlezvouskiwi

    Awwwwwwww your kitty cat is so gooooorgeous! I have two kittens right now who sleep hugging each other, it is so sweet!

    Sounds like a busy month of catch ups with friends from Michigan, that will be nice to show them your new home :-) Enjoy!

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..i may need a name change

  • http://islandgirl4ever2.blogspot.com/ Leesa

    Hola chica!

    I stopped by to catch up and see what you are up to… Since I’m back and enjoying a quiet Saturday at home right now…
    I wish you luck in getting the apt… Have fun with your friend.. I have a friend coming on Tuesday whose staying with us for a few weeks…
    Take care,
    Leesa

    Leesas last blog post..Flowers in Dublin… Sooo pretty!

  • http://islandgirl4ever2.blogspot.com Leesa

    Hola chica!

    I stopped by to catch up and see what you are up to… Since I’m back and enjoying a quiet Saturday at home right now…
    I wish you luck in getting the apt… Have fun with your friend.. I have a friend coming on Tuesday whose staying with us for a few weeks…
    Take care,
    Leesa

    Leesas last blog post..Flowers in Dublin… Sooo pretty!

  • http://teutonicplague.blogspot.com/ wini

    Hi there! I’m currently an assistant out in Brittany. (2nd year. was also here 2006-7) I’ve signed up to take the DELF B2 soon, and so I’m trying to cram several years worth of French grammar into a few days. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your helpful French tutorials! It’s so easy to find precisely what I need to work on. (and I don’t have to buy yet ANOTHER french grammar book…) They are really very useful–thanks so much!!

    winis last blog post..The Seedy Underbelly of Small-Town Life

  • http://teutonicplague.blogspot.com wini

    Hi there! I’m currently an assistant out in Brittany. (2nd year. was also here 2006-7) I’ve signed up to take the DELF B2 soon, and so I’m trying to cram several years worth of French grammar into a few days. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your helpful French tutorials! It’s so easy to find precisely what I need to work on. (and I don’t have to buy yet ANOTHER french grammar book…) They are really very useful–thanks so much!!

    winis last blog post..The Seedy Underbelly of Small-Town Life

  • Mom

    Happy Birthday to you.

  • Mom

    Happy Birthday to you.

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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