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!

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