Why I hate Delta, reason #743

It’s probably no secret that I absolutely abhor flying. Normally it’s random people in the airport who drive me insane because they are too stupid to not wear a belt or put coins and keys in their pockets when they KNOW they will be going through a metal detector. And don’t even get me started […]

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The Beauty of Istanbul

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Blue Mosque Basilica Cistern Istiklal Caddesi when it’s not busy Shopping on Istiklal Grand Bazaar Spice Market New Mosque across the Bosphorous Galata Tower Random adorable cat # 2,547 French Quarter Çay (Tea) Hope to see you again someday, Turkey!

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Istanbul in one word: AMAZING

Istanbul was the most beautiful, interesting, amazing place I have ever been. I loved the mixture of old and new and east and west. It is very European in some ways, and not so European in other ways. Trying to figure out Turkish was slightly exhausting as it’s not an Indo-European language, but now I […]

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Thoughts on: Trip, Apartment, and Conference

Trip: Of course my trip was amazing. We saw so many places and I took far too many photos. The weather was mostly hot and sunny and we didn’t have any major traveling problems. I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface of all the wonderful sites France has to offer, and I’m dying […]

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Week Two: La Camargue and Languedoc-Roussillon

La Camargue Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer La Grande Motte Montpellier Nîmes Pont du Gard Carcassonne

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Week One: Milan, Côte d’Azur and Provence

Just a few photos for now… Milan Lake Como Nice Monaco Antibes Cannes Aix-en-Provence Saint-Remy-de-Provence Fontvieille

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One trip down, one to go

I’m back in Chambéry! Almost 500 photos to sort through and upload, 3 days of work this week, and then Jason and I are off to Istanbul at 7 AM Saturday morning. I love love love the south. Still want to move to Provence. Vacation was too short, as always. Need to finish unpacking and […]

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Off to Milan, and then Southern France

Michelle and I leave tomorrow morning at 10:45am for Milan, and then we’re heading back to France via Nice, and then over to Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier (and all the cool villages in between). We just spent the past two days in Chambéry and Annecy wandering around the old towns and the lake. Today I found […]

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May begins with a cold, but ends with a trip

So I had my last night of baby-sitting and my last English lesson in Annecy this past week, and two days later, I was suddenly sick with a stupid cold. And then I was outside for 10 hours – in the sun, then wind, then cold – at a barbecue on Saturday, which I’m sure […]

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The Punta Cana Post

The Dominican Republic was lovely. We had sun everyday except for the wedding when it rained a little. But as they say in Spanish boda lluviosa, boda dichosa – and in French as well, mariage pluvieux, mariage heureux – a rainy wedding is a happy wedding. So first, let me say ¡Felicidades! and Félicitations ! […]

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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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