Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!) - Assistants in France
Just when you think you’ve got all this year’s intake of Assistants in France accounted for…
Another busload turns up!
Well, I could have made them wait in the playground as punishment…
For being late but, it looks like rain and so I’ve done the decent thing and let them join the class…
And I’ll introduce them to you here.
This lot are a mixed bunch (and I’m talking about where they come from and where they’re ending up – not the quality of their blogs which is refreshingly high!) but…
I’m sure you’ll find much to amuse and entertain you!
Becca is twenty years old, she comes from Ireland, she has just moved to Compiègne to spend a year teaching horrible little froggies how to speak English with and Irish accent and she has a wonderful bi-lingual (now, there’s posh for you!) blog all about it at Parlay-Voo Frawnsay?
Now, do you ever read a blog and think to yourself….
Even though the blog is only three months old there are already 18 great posts – and they really are good (I do like the bi-lingual aspect!)
My favourite (so far – I’m expecting many more good ones!) is Stupid, Sexy France where Becca says…
“I’m sure that there are plenty of plain people in France. I have just yet to see any of them. Everyone seems to have the perfect figure, the perfect bone structure (we’re talking cheek bones that could cut down a tree) and, of course, the perfect fashion sense. And the men have perfect stubble.”
Obviously Becca hasn’t visited Brittany yet! My stubble is decidedly imperfect. And you should see Mrs A Taste of Garlic’s stubble!
And in the Peeing My Pants Funny post, Breakfast for Shmucks Becca manages to spend her first breakfast with her new landlady discussing the advantages, or otherwise, of using Condoms as part of the bread making process!
And then, heavens forbid, she really confused her landlady by not wanting milk in her coffee!
Becca, whatever it is you’re doing – do more of it and…
Write it down so we can all read it!
Welcome to France, Becca, I suspect that you might find it a bit like Ireland…
Except we speak a different language and..
We don’t add contraceptives to our bread!
And she’s blogging all about it at et doc voila.
She’s leaving the States tomorrow and has already done her packing – including the vital “Little Black Dress!”
I don’t know what I would have done without mine when I first came over?
Rachel, looking at your packing list I’m sure you’ll have something for every possible occasion and will fit right in!
Welcome to France and I hope that…
a). You have a great time and…
b). You blog all about it!
KM en Corse is the blog of Katherine (Katherine to most. KM to some. Kattiepoo to very few) who is moving to Corsica (“A French Island basking in the Italian sun” Balzac.) for a year to try to teach little Corsicans English without a Newcastle Upon Tyne accent.
This is what Katherine says about herself…
“I’m a third year French and Italian student at the University of Warwick and with that obviously brings the joy of year abroad. I chose to do teaching English as realistically it seemed like a bit of a doss. I wanted a break from learning as I didn’t do a gap year and the thought of doing a full time job in something like “translation” bored me senseless. So I went for the; 12 hour, “teach my own language to French secondary school kids with the hope that I’ll have plenty of time to have fun/explore France” gig, instead.”
She has already spent a month Au Pairing in Italy and, after that, should be able to cope with anything that Corsica could throw at her!
Katherine, Welcome to France/Corsica…
Please have a great time and please tell us all about your adventures!
Shannon blogs at Living in Tongues and is going to be spending a year teaching in Angers (I think, she doesn’t actually mention it on he blog) and writes a wicked limerick!
I think she arrived in France last Thursday but I may have got that wrong as well?
Anyway, Shannon, wherever you end up an whenever you arrive…
Welcome to France and have a great time!
And, more importantly, she’s blogging all about it at Partir Le Nez Au Vent
Earthborn seems to be soaking up the most of her native California before heading off to the birthplace of Victor Hugo and Raymond Blanc.
Earthborn, welcome to France…
Don’t forget to blog all about your adventures!
And she’s blogging all about it at Keep in Touch.
Éilís has got a fascinating list of 25 things that she wants to achieve…
Some of which are…
6) Try new cheeses!
7) Attempt to drink French wine for lunch or dinner one day
15) Sing Ave Maria in Notre Dame (if allowed) – make sure I practice before hand
I felt the same way when I came over and my list was somewhat shorter!
I did OK on the cheese and wine bits but haven’t quite got round to singing Ave Maria in Notre Dame yet!
Éilís – I hope you achieve all the things that you want to do and I hope that you tell us about them on your blog. But, above all…
Welcome to France and have a wonderful time!
Amber will be teaching English at Université d’Auvergne and Sam will be spending time learning the French language.
And they are blogging about their experiences at An American in Clermont-Ferrand
Reading back through the blog, one comment from Amber’s previous visit to France (as a student) really stands out…
“3. Be thankful for your toilet, shower, and any other hygiene luxury that you have.
Seriously, I’ve never ever been more thankful for a bathroom than now. Toilets should have seats on them. They should also not be big holes in the ground. If you are a girl, both of these situations are really, really difficult. You also should not have to pay to use the toilet. This is why people are urinating on the street all the time. The toilet in my residence luckily had a seat on it MOST of the time. Occasionally it got removed, puked on, or worse.”
Amber and Sam, welcome to France (or, welcome back in your case, Amber) – I hope you have a lovely time here!
I haven’t personally checked out the toilet situation in the Auvergne but, I’m sure that some of the resident expat bloggers in that lovely part of France will report back here with their opinions!
And that’s a challenge to all you lovely expat bloggers in the Auvergne (whether I’ve reviewed your blogs yet or am still to do so…)
Check out the toilet situation and let Amber know what to expect!
An American Expatriates in Paris is the blog of a guy called Venteuil who says of himself…
“An american expatriate in Paris, I did an an academic exchange in the city of lights from 2009-2010. I met my boyfriend Anthénaume here and decided to move back and pursue a professional master’s degree in ‘conception de documentation’ at the University of Paris Diderot – Paris 7 as well as to teach English in a French high school.”
Venteuil, welcome back to France – keep us all updated with your adventures on your blog!
If you know of anyone who is coming over to teach little froggies (or to study, themselves) please let me know and I’ll mention them here.
I think that I’ve now covered all of this year’s intake of blogging Assistants in France but…
As Mrs A Taste of Garlic constantly reminds me…
Thinking isn’t really my strong point!
All the best