Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 8 – That lot hiding behind the bike sheds!) - Assistants in France
Well, this year’s new crop of Assistants in France really are crawling out of the woodwork!
I’ve just found a whole new bunch of them hiding behind the bike sheds readying themselves to blog about their experiences here in The Land of Red Wine and Smelly Cheese!
So, let’s take a quick peek and see…
What we’ve got to look forward to!
They Shoot Language Assistants, Don’t They? is described as… “The ramblings of some English twit living up a hill the French Alps”
The English Twit in question (and it takes one to know one) is written by a guy called The Cow Whisperer
He starts off by saying… There is no bacon in France!
He then goes on to explain…
“This is the first thing you should know before embarking on your year abroad as a language assistant in France. If you think you can handle this, then the rest of your year will be a doddle.
This blog is my attempt at documenting my year abroad, so naturally it’s a shoddy, half arsed attempt and is mainly full of poor attempts at humour and swearing, but hopefully someone might get a laugh and a bit of good advice out of it.”
The nest (and only other post so far) goes on to explain how to find housing in France and/or how to drink Special Brew.
For those of you who don’t know what Special Brew is, The Cow Whisperer says…
“Special Brew: in the UK it is a notorious brand of tramp juice/ hobo fuel. It’s strong, cheap and nasty. If you drink it, you most likely live on a park bench or pass out on one often enough to declare it as a second home on your tax return!”
I think that this is going to be a truly awesome blog and would like to say to The Cow Whisperer…
Welcome to France – I hope you have a great time here…
We need more people like you!
Christopher Quotidien is the blog of a guy called Christopher (strangely enough, although I’m not sure what his last name is; I somehow doubt that it is Quotidien?) who is just about to move to… “a small town just about 80 kilometers west of Paris called Dreux (pronounced almost like “drew”), in the very north part of the Académie d’Orléans-Tours.”
He goes on to say…
“I have done my research — Dreux has a reputation for not being a very nice place, and although it is not considered a dangerous, statistics show an elevated crime rate and a decrease in population over the past two decades. It is also known as being an unofficial hub for the “Front National,” (FN), France’s most conservative political party. As non-European immigration is one of the most distinctively controversial issues for the FN (they are strictly against it), this adds to tension in this small town (with an approximate population of 31,000).”
Christopher will be sharing an apartment with two other language assistants—one Spanish and one German, of whom he knows nothing.
I imagine that he’ll soon be telling us all about them and life in Dreux.
Christopher, welcome to France and let us all know how you get on.
She is writing all about her experiences at Kelly Takes on France.
I can’t say too much more about her (as i don’t know too much more about her) apart from…
1). She has a huge smile!
2). She has done all that packing stuff (why is it only the girlies talk about packing?) and…
3). She has got a huge wodge of dosh!
Kelly, with that smile, your packing skills and all that money…
All those froggy boys are going to be queuing up!
(ed. Actually, that’s a lie – the French don’t queue, do they? But you know what I mean?)
Kelly, welcome to France – I hope that you have a great time and tell us all about it on your blog.
Caitlin is blogging at Cepiatone about…
“Spending the next 7 months in Belfort, France to teach English to primary schoolers.”
She seems to be happy about her placements as she says…
“Belfort is part of the Franche-Comté region, which happens to be the birthplace of my favorite cheese, comté.”
Caitlin, welcome to France – have a great time, eats LOADS of cheese (it’s good for you and, no matter what people say, not at all fattening!) and tell us all about your adventures on your blog!
And she is blogging about it at Diary of a Francophile
She says… “I am known by many a name…Coco…Pookie…Pilly…Smoakie in some circles”
So I’ll just say…
Rachel (Coco, Pookie, Pilly or Smoakie), welcome to France and don’t forget to blog all about your adventures!
Asia is coming to Montpellier (I think?) and is blogging about it at Because My Grandma Doesn’t Have Facebook
Asia seems to have done some travelling already and looks in good form to tell some wild tales about her time in France!
Asia, welcome to France – if it is Montpellier that you are going to, take care…
It’s well know (among the expat community, anyway) that…
“They’re a funny lot, that lot down in Montpellier!”
Nikita is, to use her own words… “I am a young Canadian with a variety of interests among them is travel. I will be spending a little less than a year in Strasbourg as an English language teaching assistant. Here you will (hopefully) find some interesting tales of adventure and misadventure in this German-inflected region of France.”
She has just arrived in Strasbourg and is blogging about her news at Mein Strasbourg Ist Mein Burg
She appears to like bagels and Olivia Newton-John and I think that she’ll do OK (as long as she doesn’t let too many people know about her Olivia Newton-John thing?) because, shortly after her arrival she says…
“Of course I spotted the requisite Irish pubs straight away including one nearby that opens early and serves breakfast for the Rugby World Cup matches (Yay!) Now if I can talk them into lunch and Leafs’ games, hmmm….”
Nikita, I’m glad to see you’ve got your priorities right!
Welcome to France and tell us all about those bagels and those Irish pubs!
All the best