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Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!) - Assistants in France

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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!




assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceBecca 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….

“Wow! This girl is going to be the next Sam or Amber or Crystal! In other words, she’ll still be here in five year’s time!”

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!

Whatever next!

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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceRachel is a girl from Milwaukee who is moving to Saint-Etiene for a year to teach little froggies how to speak English.

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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceKM 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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceShannon 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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceEarthborn is a Californian girl who lives in a town called Weed which is near the Oregon border and she’s heading to Besançon, France for a year to be a teaching assistant.

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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceÉilís is soon to be heading off to Amiens to spend a year teaching delightful little French children how to speak French with a Canadian accent.

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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAmber and Sam are newlyweds and have just arrived in Clermont-Ferrand.

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!

assistants in france  Arriving Soon… The New Wave (Part 9 – The lot that were at the back of the queue!)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAn 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.”

The blog is already full of great information; I was particularly struck by the posts about Boeuf Bourguignon and Pays des 300 Fromages!

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

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7 Comments

  • By Crystal, September 25, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    Oh god I hope for Becca’s sake she still isn’t here in 5 years’ time…wait, that sounds bitter. *sigh* I used to be nice.

    I actually don’t read new assistants’ blogs…they remind me too much of back when life in France was fun and carefree. If I read them, I get all nostalgic for the times when I liked living here and drinking wine was at discothèques and dinner parties, not alone in my living room with a handful of animals.

    My blogging tastes tend to sway towards the embittered expat population (hey Amber!) and people with blogs about their pets. Coincidentally, MY blog combines both things.

  • By Becca, September 26, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    Hi there, this is Becca from Parlay-Voo Frawnsay :) . Thanks a million for the mention, I’m really glad of it mostly because it led me to this site! It’s great to be able to read blogs belonging to people who have already been living in France for a long time as well as to people who (like me) are just arriving :) .

    As for the five years thing, who knows? This summer was the first time I ever went to France, so it all depends on how the year here goes. I will definitely have to return to Ireland to complete my degree next year, but after that? The only guarantee is that whatever the outcome is, it’ll be on my blog ;) .

    P.S. I’m never going to live down the condom thing, am I?

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 26, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    Crystal

    Who knows, Becca might meet some hunky gendarme and retire to an apartment with a green stripe on the wall down in the Rhone Alpes?

    Anyway, France is still fun and carefree, it’s just that you must be getting to old for all that sort of stuff? ;-)

    All the best

    Keith

    P.S. Come to think about it, I haven’t seen Amber doing much of that Dinner Party and Disco stuff – perhaps she’s of the same generation?

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 26, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    Hi Becca

    Don’t you listen to any of the grumpy old ones!

    You have a great time and…

    No, you’re right…

    You’ll be having Condoms for breakfast for years to come!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Amber, September 27, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    Thanks for the mention!

    I guess my blog is a bit pessimistic! Well, about my last visit anyway. I had quite a rough adjustment/culture shock last time around. This time is proving to be much better. I just like to tell it like it is, i guess! (:

    PS. I did hit the discothèques the last time around…but all of that ended up on facebook instead of my blog! I had my parents and grandparents reading! (:

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 27, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Hi Amber

    I think Crystal was referring to the other Amber who has been know to be a bitter and ranty (but only in a really nice way) every now and again!

    By the way, glad to see that your toilet has a seat!

    All the best

    Keith

  • By Crystal, September 27, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Thanks Keith, for making me feel old :p France CAN be fun and carefree, but it can also be tear-my-hair-out-and-develop-a-drinking-problem-frustrating. Luckily my hunky gendarme is there to make sure I never quite get to that point. Oh and the green stripe? It’s growing on me ;)

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