Tentative Travel Schedule

I’m trying not to go crazy with stress about David’s job placement but I am seriously scared that someone else is going to want Chambéry and David will end up in Caen or Nantes or Paris (no offense to anyone who lives in those cities – it’s just that they are really far from my work!) And then we’d have to find two apartments and live apart until May 2010. ::sigh::

I know there is no use worrying now since I can’t do anything about it. But Toulouse was just replaced with Saint-Denis (yes, Saint-Denis in LA REUNION) on the liste définitive, which leaves only Digne-les-bains, Chambéry and Lyon in the southern half of France. All the rest are in the northern half. Usually, the candidats choose the city that is closest to their current domicile so that they won’t be too far away from their family. This is actually why Saint-Denis was added to the list. But what if someone from mainland France actually wants to go there and that person in La Réunion must then come to France??

I know for a fact that someone ranked higher than David who lives in Ardennes wants to move to the south where there’s sun, so he’s going for Digne first and Chambéry second. And if one other person wants to move to the “south” s/he will choose Chambéry (which isn’t actually the south and there’s not much sun there anyway) because geographically, it is furthest south after Digne. Lyon is most likely out too, since there’s a candidat who lives in Lyon who is also higher than David on the list. I know I’m over-thinking this and should just stop, but I can’t.

I’ve tried to keep my mind occupied with my trips this spring and summer, but they are starting to stress me out too. I’m worried about the Dominican Republic in an extremely irrational fit of paranoia because of what happened to Céline et Sarah. And the others are hard to plan because I don’t know where I’ll be living in a month, so it’s a bit difficult to buy train and plane tickets when I don’t know my city of departure!

April 15-20: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic [brother's wedding at Riu Palace Macao]

May 18-30: Milan, Lake Como, Genoa, Nice, Monaco, Cannes, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, Nîmes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Carcassone, Toulouse, Cerbère [train & road trip with Michelle & Jason]

June 7-15: Istanbul, Turkey [with Jason to see Martha]

July 20-August 9: Michigan, Virginia [sister's wedding at House Mountain Inn], Washington D.C.

I did buy a GPS though, and I made all the hotel and car rental reservations for the May trip. That’s something, at least…

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  • http://www.marieinlille.blogspot.com/ Marie

    I might not have followed the whole story but whhy can’t you follow him ?

  • http://www.marieinlille.blogspot.com Marie

    I might not have followed the whole story but whhy can’t you follow him ?

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    I am so happy that you got the GPS, it will make your road trip so much easier. We use ours to find gas stations, restaurants, etc.

    I have been to Carcassone a bunch of times. It’s the kind of place where you can arrive in the afternoon, visit the castle, have a nice dinner and leave the next morning feeling like you saw everything.

    Amerigirls last blog post..Another Baby, Another French Hospital

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    I am so happy that you got the GPS, it will make your road trip so much easier. We use ours to find gas stations, restaurants, etc.

    I have been to Carcassone a bunch of times. It’s the kind of place where you can arrive in the afternoon, visit the castle, have a nice dinner and leave the next morning feeling like you saw everything.

    Amerigirls last blog post..Another Baby, Another French Hospital

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Marie: I work in Chambéry from mid-September until the end of April (I renewed my lectrice contract for a 2nd year), so if he’s assigned to a city far away, we’ll have to live apart while I’m working at the university. :(

    @Amerigirl: I’m glad I bought the GPS too! I love traveling by car much more than by train or plane anyway and it will definitely make things easier. That good’s to hear about Carcassone. I had only planned on one day there just to see the castle and take photos.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Marie: I work in Chambéry from mid-September until the end of April (I renewed my lectrice contract for a 2nd year), so if he’s assigned to a city far away, we’ll have to live apart while I’m working at the university. :(

    @Amerigirl: I’m glad I bought the GPS too! I love traveling by car much more than by train or plane anyway and it will definitely make things easier. That good’s to hear about Carcassone. I had only planned on one day there just to see the castle and take photos.

  • http://www.marieinlille.blogspot.com Marie

    Well, cross your fingers that you/he can reach you on week-ends with the TGV.
    My hubby worked for 3 years Monday to Friday outside Paris (“en province”) while I worked in Paris. Not funny but you get through if you pay a very special attention to the moments you can share together !
    Thanks for stopping by my blog !!

    Maries last blog post..Spring is here !

  • http://www.marieinlille.blogspot.com/ Marie

    Well, cross your fingers that you/he can reach you on week-ends with the TGV.
    My hubby worked for 3 years Monday to Friday outside Paris (“en province”) while I worked in Paris. Not funny but you get through if you pay a very special attention to the moments you can share together !
    Thanks for stopping by my blog !!

    Maries last blog post..Spring is here !

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com/ Betty C.

    This all reminds me of why I decided not to pursue a career in the Education Nationale. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good placement for your husband. It all sounds SO complicated….

    Betty C.s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday 56

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com Betty C.

    This all reminds me of why I decided not to pursue a career in the Education Nationale. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good placement for your husband. It all sounds SO complicated….

    Betty C.s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday 56

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