Monthly Archives: September 2011

The final countdown

3 days to go as I write this!

And what a ‘last 3 weeks’ it has been! Making sure everything is in order – getting the visa, translated birth certificates, insurance, forex card and what-not on time especially being the last-minute latifa that I am. Going by past history of ‘packing-stress cum phobia’, this time I am almost done with it a week in advance – and I don’t believe it!!

In normal circumstances I consider myself a smart packer  if I may say so, i.e. I can make do with minimal clothes, avoid the usual pickles, masalas and ready-to-eat mixes so famously carried by indians overseas. But REALLY TELL ME HOW one fits 7 months of living in a foreign country, into a 23+12 kg baggage??

Ok, so even if you cant tell me, fine. Luckily for me, my cousin sis is coming to France for Toussaint vacation next month and the third black bag you see, is going to be passed on to her through the husband. Yoohoo!

So thats that. Super excited about the next 7 months and all that I will learn and discover. Oh, and teach ofcourse 😉

Au revoir, till we meet again en France!

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Reawakening


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Strasbourg, the German city? Nice. — But NOOO!!

Which is the reaction I have had from tons of people. And I dont blame them: for one, the word is germanic and then, there also exists the lesser-known city Strasburg (without the gallicized ‘o’) north-east of Germany.

So while I am at it, why dont you acquaint yourself with the city I’ll call home for the next 7 months?!

Strasbourg is located pretty much at a centre point in Europe and is the official seat of the European Parliament. A city with famed heritage sites, illuminated noël markets, german-influenced cuisine, and more importantly winstubs (local Alsatian taverns!).

I will be teaching at 2 lycées (high school) ~4 kms apart and staying somewhere in between with a Trinidad-French family. What I am looking forward to, weather consenting, is cycling to work!!

Here are a couple of photos of the schools that I managed to find:

The second school looks so calm and serene — will it be wishful thinking to hope the students are similar? Teaching 15-18 years old’s is not going to be the easiest task, but more on that a month later, when we are in the real-world!
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in France, Strasbourg


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