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Arriving soon…. The New Wave! (Part 3)

general  Arriving soon…. The New Wave! (Part 3)   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceCarrying on from the last couple of days posts I thought I’d do some more investigation into the new wave of volunteers who, one day, will be able to tell their grandchildren…

I was an Assistant in France once…

Assuming they survive?

And, believe it or not, many do…

or, perhaps it’s only the survivors who tell tales?

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1). Katrina is moving over here any day now and is already getting in the mood by watching French Films.

I did mention to her that Swimming Pool is one of my favourite French Films but I imagine it won’t be quite as exciting to her as it is to me!

Katrina says of herself (and I only put this in because I know that you’re all busy people writing to your MPs and telling everyone you know about that Tenant Farm Tragedy that I mentioned yesterday – don’t expect this sort of mollycoddling every day!)…..

“For now I will be a long-term substitute until my late-September departure to the tiny town of Bourg-St.-Andeol, a place whose Wikipedia page boasts a single picture of the train station, a 2008 population of 7,324 people, and a national institute of clownery art (aka a clown college). If I happen to see any clowns wandering the streets, I will be sure to let you know.”

Welcome to France, Katrina!

Katrina blogs at Katrina La Voyageuse.

If you know anything about Bourg-St.-Andeol, clowns or just life in France in general, why not pop in and say hello?

2). Yah Hey! A Kiwi! That’ll keep Gwan Sandiego quiet (although I imagine that it must be a very tall order, keeping Gwan Sandiego quiet?)

And this Kiwi’s name is Anais (a very French name!!!) and Anais blogs at Anais en France.

Now, Anais is due to arrive here on Friday, September 23, 2011 and will be taking up the position of Assistante de Langue in Digne which…

As we all know, is in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Anais is looking forward to learning how to ski and is, as far as I can tell, perfectly normal and sensible (at least, compared to some of the other Kiwis in France!)

Welcome to France Anais – let’s hope that some of the readers of Garlic will get in touch to help you through any of the difficult moments (or, more importantly, to warn you away from the Texan crowd!)

If you want a list of other Kiwis in France, let me know – I may have to omit the names of some of the less respectable ones!

3). Audrey is a midwestern girl at heart and is moving to France to spend 8 months teaching in Nimes.

She is blogging about her experiences at Voyager C’est Vivre.

Now, Audrey seems a sensible enough girl but….

I am worried that Nimes looks pretty close to Montpellier (on my map, anyway!) and, as we all know…

They’re funny lot, that lot in Montpellier!

I do hope that Audrey doesn’t get led astray!

Welcome to France Audrey! I hope that you enjoy your time over here!

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4). Shelly has been here before and is coming back for more (hey, I’m a poet and didn’t know it!) and she’s writing all about it at A California Girl in Paris.

She got here about a week ago and has already had an experience

As she says…

“A homeless man was walking towards us and asked “Avez-vous des petites pièces?” (Do you have any change to spare? – although I’m pretty sure you knew what he was going to ask the second you read “homeless man”). And one of the girls replied “Non”. As the guy walked past us he muttered “Pute”. Yes ladies and gentlemen, if you deny a homeless man change in Paris, he will call you a whore.”

You know, I’ve always said… “They’re a funny lot, that lot in Paris!”

Shelly – welcome back to Paris; I hope you have many great adventure -preferably ones that don’t involve you being called a whore?

Please write them all down on your blog so that we can enjoy them as well!

P.S. Watch out for other Californians in (or near) Paris who come up to you in the street and suggest that you start wearing Pink Flip-Flops – they’re part of a cult and will seduce you with cup cakes before whipping you away to a re-education camp in Waco or Wandsworth!

5). Also arriving soon in Paris is Victoria.

Victoria is blogging about her experiences at Vin Rouge & Creme Brulee and I have a funny feeling…

A certain Je ne sais quoi

That Victoria might just be a Brit!

I also have another funny feeling, a bit like indigestion, that Victoria might be a Leeds United supporter!

I really don’t know where I get these premonitions from but…

They’ve certainly got me out of trouble many a time before!

6). Finally, what looks to be an incredibly good blog is The Pretty Travelling Bird which is written by Ugomma.

Ugomma is American although I’m not sure what part of America she is leaving in order to send a year in Paris.

Ugomma, you’ve made a brilliant start with your blog; keep up the good work!

I’ll give you the same advice I’ve given others…

Watch out for people who wear Pink Flip-Flops and be careful of those weirdos down in Montpellier!

If you do those two things you should have a great, great time in the City of Dog Poop!

Well, that’s almost all I have for the moment…

A few more to add tomorrow but, if you know of anyone moving to the land of Red Wine and Smelly Cheese to teach froggies English (or American), please let me know and I’ll add them here!

I wonder how many of this year’s intake…

Will still be here…

In five years time?

All the best

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  • By Jacqui, September 3, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Keith – stay away from Bordeaux, I saw a whole display of pink flip flops there yesterday!

  • By Anji, September 4, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on. I spent a year whizzing around the North of Charente Maritime in 2000. 5 lovely primary schools and a college, I had a great time.

  • By Gwan, September 7, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I’m relatively quiet I think! Weird, the kiwi is a library assistant, just like I used to be (until I graduated to Actual Librarian).

  • By Victoria, September 10, 2011 @ 4:41 pm


    Thanks for mentioning my blog… I’m not actually a Leeds Utd fan, I studied at the University of Leeds.

  • By Keith Eckstein, September 10, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Hi Victoria

    Thank goodness for that!

    Far too many Leeds United fans around these days!

    All the best


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