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I’m traveling home to California tonight to spend some time with my parents and to participate in a very ceremonial rite of passage: the handing over of the keys.  That’s right, the car that used to drive me to soccer practice and school dances, will now be driven by me – to pottery class, to the mountains, […]

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Souci nº3: I will be stuck. My hunch is that fresh-faced would-be assistants who take the time to apply to Tapif, brave the lines and attitudes at the French Consulate, do so primarily out of a desire to travel – to see France, and to explore a little bit more of the world.  Teaching English […]

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How to survive the deafening quietness of a life without constant visual and aural stimulation.

souci1-2

Giving it all up for a teaching gig in rural France? Here are some tips on how to make friends and enjoy life en pleine campagne.

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Adeptes de la bronzette? Non, non. Some silly Périgordin language assistants hit the beach in the deep of winter.

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Still elbow-deep in clay with still a lot to learn about how to throw pottery. This week’s lesson: trimming.

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The first in a series of posts on the life and times of an English language assistant in Nontron, France.

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My friend Jin visits the Dordogne and we teach her a thing or two about the particularities of franco-française culture.

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What should one expect to find at the market in Périgueux in February? Dinner!

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Don’t you fret, we watched that scene from “Ghost” immediately following our first class.

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