Waiting Situations

Short update on how things never change here: Six weeks and no new carte de séjour or French driver’s license. Big surprise. Still no news from the rectorat either. I just have to wait until someone in Haute-Savoie quits or doesn’t show up, so that means another few weeks of waiting. At least my old […]

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No more paperwork headaches for a while

I accomplished two major things today! First, I was right about the préfecture losing my new carte de séjour. Of course they blamed it on the post office, but the fact remains that it was lost more than 6 weeks ago and no one told me. But I did get a new récépissé valid for […]

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Yvoire

I went to another “most beautiful village in France” this morning. Yvoire is on the southern shore of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and the city walls built in the 14th century still stand today. The weather was horrible and rainy, so my pictures aren’t as pretty as the ones on the official tourism site. Sometimes […]

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Five weeks and counting…

It has now officially been five weeks since the Prefecture told me my new Carte de Séjour was in Paris and that I should receive it soon. I wonder what the French definition of soon is. My récépissé expires in two weeks. I only have two months left to apply for my French driver’s license. […]

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Two weeks later

What have I been able to accomplish in the past two weeks? You would think quite a lot since I have no real job and plenty of free time. But that really doesn’t matter when you have to wait and wait and wait for things to be done by the French bureaucracy. Still no new […]

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Good news

I went to the optician this morning to choose my frames (ma monture). I’m getting new glasses and new contacts for a year, for a grand total of 130 €. I could have even gotten a second pair of glasses (prescription sunglasses, for example) for only 14 €, but I don’t need them. Go Mutuelle […]

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Récépissé

I am no longer sans-papiers! I finally received the récépissé for renewing my carte de séjour (which expired May 7) this morning. I turned in the paperwork on March 27, and received it on May 24. ::sigh:: However, the récépissé is only valid until August 14, and I don’t think I will be receiving a […]

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Success! I think…

I think I might receive a carte de séjour visiteur without having to return to the US and get another visa. I went to mairie today and they still had no idea what to do with me since they had never requested a CDS visiteur as a PACS conjointe before. They called the préfecture who, […]

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Sorry I’ve been neglecting you, blog.

France celebrated Daylight Savings Time this morning, so now I am back to being 6 hours apart from Michigan. I checked my details on the CAF website yesterday, and I will be receiving 650 € for the months of November to February! No word yet if David and I will receive anything since we’re PACSed […]

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March…

There are only 4 weeks of class left before the spring vacation. Then I work for 2 weeks and 1 day and I am finished! I do enjoy teaching, but I’m starting to feel restless for this summer to arrive. Luckily the weather has been mild this winter, but I am dying for some hot […]

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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