Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Great Thanksgiving of Assistants

In France, Thanksgiving is not a holiday. You probably know this already. It makes sense, as the pilgrims didn’t just go a little south to France but went all the way across the sea to the states which weren’t yet … Continue reading

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A History of Nîmes

As I just finished translating an article on Nîmes for the Rotaract of the Mediterranean, I figured I would share it with you, dear readers. Enjoy your history lesson! ; ) Thank goodness I went to the museum of archaeology … Continue reading

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La soirée Beaujolais

Every year for 62 years now, all around France on the third Thursday of November, people celebrate “le Beaujolais Nouveau”. It’s a celebration of the year’s new batch of Beaujolais wine from, as you may have guessed, the Beaujolais region … Continue reading

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Getting involved in your community: Becoming [French]

One of the best ways to adapt to a new place and make friends (not to mention practicing your language skills!) is to get involved in your community. There are so many opportunities to engage in your community abroad, you … Continue reading

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way: Becoming [French]

Going abroad is an experience that is often undervalued. Many people who have never had this experience don’t realize all the time, effort, energy, and frustration it entails. Going abroad ISN’T all fun and games, nor, in my humble opinion, … Continue reading

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The Practical Things for TAPIF 2: How do I get CAF?

GETTING CAF: What is CAF? As I mentioned in my housing guide, this is a housing subsidization from la caisse d’allocations familiales, CAF. All assistants should be eligible if they’re paying for housing. While you can fill out the application online at … Continue reading

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Of goats and unicorns

The last few days have been characterized by unexpected and unusual surprises. Nîmes likes to be unpredictable. For instance, you may go to do some grocery shopping and see a new sculpture being installed at a museum. Or you may … Continue reading

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