Update

I’ve survived a full week of work. Actually, I worked 4 days last week instead of the normal 3 since I didn’t work at all the first week of October. Teaching is easy and the students are fine, except for a few particular bad ones at the middle school… The only thing I don’t like is the commute and the waiting. Waiting for the train. Riding the train. Waiting for class. Waiting for lunch. Waiting for the train again. Riding the train again. I get home at 7 pm everyday, and I’m so exhausted afterwards that I just eat dinner and go to bed.

I’m more than determined to buy an automatic car as soon as possible. It will take me months to learn how to drive a manual at the rate I’m going (one lesson in two weeks because David & I can’t find the time), plus a second car would be handy. I will be so happy the day that I can leave Cluses right when I finish work instead of waiting nearly 2 hours for the train.

At least I don’t have to spend much time planning lessons. I can use my lessons from last year for my seconde classes (all day Tuesday) and for the première/terminale classes (all day Friday), I just need to bring in some documents for them to describe. And usually the middle school teachers already have an activity planned, so I just follow their directions. You’d think I’d have more free time this year thanks to not wasting every waking moment on lesson planning; but no, now I’m wasting every waking moment on waiting for class or lunch or the train. I just can’t force myself to read/study/do anything productive during my down time.

I’m definitely seeing how lucky I was to be placed in Annecy last year, close to so many other English assistants. If I had been placed in the mountains last year I would have lived at the school and probably not really known any of the other English assistants or had any real friends. It would have been a long and depressing 7 months.

I’ll be gone almost 14 hours tomorrow (yippee.), and then I have all day Wednesday to pack. I leave Thursday morning for Michigan, but there’s this little problem of the nation-wide public transportation strike, so I’m not sure yet how I’m going to get from Annecy to the airport in Geneva.

I’m so tired!

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  • Karina

    The year that I was a recrutee locale in high school i had a terrible schedule too. 2 high schools, 1 in town but gave me horrible hours where i’d have to come just for an hour each time and it wasn’t near where i was living so a 20 min commute…and then there was another school in a village 30km from Caen but i had to ride the regional bus which ran only 3 or 4 times a day and took 1h15min!!! – so i totally understand the waiting around… it was horrible! but i just thinking at least i have a job!on top of it all they were 2 lycees techniques so they didn’t give one red rat’s ass about learning english.. what waste of time! oh well.. i still laugh about that village everytime i drive by – in the boy’s car! no bus thank you! ;-)

  • Karina

    The year that I was a recrutee locale in high school i had a terrible schedule too. 2 high schools, 1 in town but gave me horrible hours where i’d have to come just for an hour each time and it wasn’t near where i was living so a 20 min commute…
    and then there was another school in a village 30km from Caen but i had to ride the regional bus which ran only 3 or 4 times a day and took 1h15min!!! – so i totally understand the waiting around… it was horrible! but i just thinking at least i have a job!
    on top of it all they were 2 lycees techniques so they didn’t give one red rat’s ass about learning english.. what waste of time! oh well.. i still laugh about that village everytime i drive by – in the boy’s car! no bus thank you! ;-)

  • nicole

    good luck with the transportation!

  • nicole

    good luck with the transportation!

  • Penny

    Those are long days. I hope you can sort out a car soon :)

  • Penny

    Those are long days. I hope you can sort out a car soon :)

  • ColourMeCrazy

    Have a good trip! Hope you make it to Geneva!

  • ColourMeCrazy

    Have a good trip! Hope you make it to Geneva!

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 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 a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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