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. I watch a lot of TV and read a lot of French as a Second Language books because I really want to become completely fluent in this language.
I will have a vacation from work soon, and I might go to either Lyon or Lille. I don’t really like taking the train in France, but only because I almost went to Geneva instead of Annecy the last time I took a train (as did many other assistants). I really want to travel as much as possible while I’m here, which will be easy because I have 3 other 2 week vacations during the school year.
I have to go to Grenoble on Wednesday for my medical visit and try to get my Carte de Séjour on Thursday. Those are the last two things in the mound of paperwork I had to do. Buying a cellphone and opening a bank account were easy compared to getting a residency card.
I wish everyone could move abroad at some point in their life. You learn so much!