To do list for deux mille huit

I’m not going to use that R word, but here’s what I want to do in 2008:

  • Read the bazillion books on my (full) bookcase – two finished already!
  • Devote more time to studying languages – back to Pimsleur & podcasts…
  • Immerse myself in French culture a lot more than I have been…
  • Gain some weight / exercise more
  • Buy an automatic car without spending all of my money – still nothing after searching for 3 months :(
  • Try to make more money from my website in case finding a job is impossible
  • Perhaps get certified to teach French abroad
  • Immigrate to Quebec (or move to Lyon and find a job if we can’t make it to Quebec this year)

Take trips to:

  • Strasbourg and Southern Germany (road-trip with David, perhaps in February)
  • Berlin, Prague & Budapest (maybe during April vacation)
  • Montpellier / Nîmes / Arles / Carcassonne in the summer
  • Bretagne & Normandy when the weather is not completely crappy
  • Ljubljana, Split & Dubrovnik (hopefully in September when most tourists are gone)

Anybody wanna travel with me?

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  • Linda

    I like your list of trips you want to make. I’ve really wanted to explore Brittany and Normandy and I’d love to get into Dubrovnik and that whole area.

  • Linda

    I like your list of trips you want to make. I’ve really wanted to explore Brittany and Normandy and I’d love to get into Dubrovnik and that whole area.

  • Brad Nguyen

    Lyon is so awesome. I studied there and I’m going to apply to be an English Assistant there. I used my host family’s address on the application so hopefully I can get placed as close to the center of the city as possible!

  • Brad Nguyen

    Lyon is so awesome. I studied there and I’m going to apply to be an English Assistant there. I used my host family’s address on the application so hopefully I can get placed as close to the center of the city as possible!

  • Rose

    Is Bretagne crappy in April? That’s my plan for week one of les vacances de printemps.

  • Rose

    Is Bretagne crappy in April? That’s my plan for week one of les vacances de printemps.

  • Penny

    Those trips sound great! Happy New Year and good luck with those non-R word objectives :)

  • Penny

    Those trips sound great! Happy New Year and good luck with those non-R word objectives :)

  • Lady Iphigenia

    What is so great about leaving in Europe is that you have so much cultural difference is so short distance!

  • Lady Iphigenia

    What is so great about leaving in Europe is that you have so much cultural difference is so short distance!

  • Karina

    Since when is the weather in Normandy crappy?? ;-) We’re having beautiful sunshine right now. Usually during the April break at least 1 of the weeks is really nice (at least in the past 4 years that’s what I’ve seen…) May is great and June is iffy. A lot like the Pacific Northwest.Dubrovnik rocked my socks! and taking the ferries from island to island is awesome. Split was ok, the palace is really worth visiting. I heard its huge for clubbing but that’s not my scene. Otherwise I’d really recommend Hvar and Korcula. September should be great weather. Surprisingly the tourists didn’t bother me like they would in other places. Stay in B&B’s that people rent out in their homes, way cheap if you split it in 2 (like 15e per person) and much nicer than a hostel. Plus you get contact with really nice locals :-)

  • Karina

    Since when is the weather in Normandy crappy?? ;-) We’re having beautiful sunshine right now. Usually during the April break at least 1 of the weeks is really nice (at least in the past 4 years that’s what I’ve seen…) May is great and June is iffy. A lot like the Pacific Northwest.
    Dubrovnik rocked my socks! and taking the ferries from island to island is awesome. Split was ok, the palace is really worth visiting. I heard its huge for clubbing but that’s not my scene. Otherwise I’d really recommend Hvar and Korcula. September should be great weather. Surprisingly the tourists didn’t bother me like they would in other places. Stay in B&B’s that people rent out in their homes, way cheap if you split it in 2 (like 15e per person) and much nicer than a hostel. Plus you get contact with really nice locals :-)

  • Leah

    Good luck with your list! Happy New Year!!!

  • Leah

    Good luck with your list! Happy New Year!!!

  • The Late Bloomer

    Happy Belated New Year, Jennie! Those sound like amazing places to visit this year — I’m dying to do Eastern Europe too, especially Prague, Vienna & Budapest — I’ve been wanting to visit Prague for YEARS now and it just hasn’t happened. My boyfriend just doesn’t want to go there when it’s cold, which I guess is understandable enough…But are you really planning on immigrating to Quebec? Good luck with your plans! Sounds exciting. As much as I know France has its problems, I couldn’t imagine leaving here now… Even if I know my boy and I still have lots to figure out for the future too.

  • The Late Bloomer

    Happy Belated New Year, Jennie! Those sound like amazing places to visit this year — I’m dying to do Eastern Europe too, especially Prague, Vienna & Budapest — I’ve been wanting to visit Prague for YEARS now and it just hasn’t happened. My boyfriend just doesn’t want to go there when it’s cold, which I guess is understandable enough…

    But are you really planning on immigrating to Quebec? Good luck with your plans! Sounds exciting. As much as I know France has its problems, I couldn’t imagine leaving here now… Even if I know my boy and I still have lots to figure out for the future too.

  • flo

    hey!! Bretagne is not crappy!!! As you probably understood I am from rennes in Bretagne. It is an awesome, la vieille ville de rennes est magnifique. Le marché des lices qui se tient le samedi matin sur la Place des Lices est à voir absolument!

  • flo

    hey!! Bretagne is not crappy!!! As you probably understood I am from rennes in Bretagne. It is an awesome, la vieille ville de rennes est magnifique. Le marché des lices qui se tient le samedi matin sur la Place des Lices est à voir absolument!

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    What is so great about leaving in Europe is that you have so much cultural difference is so short distance!

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