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 school still hasn’t heard from the Trinidad girl, but that could be because she hasn’t received her arrêté yet. I tracked down another Trinidad assistant online (Thanks Keisha!) and asked if she knew the assistant assigned to Grenoble. Unfortunately she didn’t, but she said that she just received her arrêté and now has to rush to get a visa and plane ticket.

I’m actually kinda hoping to get renewed after the mandatory 3 day orientation in Grenoble/Autrans/the middle of nowhere which starts on Tuesday. I hated it so much last year, and I really wouldn’t want to go again. The food was amazing, but the run-down hostel with no hot water was a bit annoying. Plus no internet! No way.

La rentrée du cinéma is awesome, btw. I paid 2.50 € to see an American movie in ENGLISH.

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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 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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