I got my first reply from the first round of applications to be a lectrice that I sent out. It was from Paris III. Apparently they only accept lecteur applicants who are currently living in anglophone countries. I thought that was kind of weird. Do they think I've forgotten how to speak English while living in France? I actually think having already spent two years in France is a positive thing for a lectrice, because I've learned a lot about the differences between French and American culture (well, in my letters I said anglophone cultures, shhhhh), and if I'm working with students who are planning to use English in their future careers they will need to know that kind of stuff. Although I guess most of what I would be doing is drilling them in pronounciation of the short "i" and "r" and "th." Oh well. No news yet from the other universities, so I guess I'll take that as a good sign? No news is good news!
Interestingly enough, when I was calling around to find out where to send my letters and asking if they had already looked at applications every place I called said that they haven't started looking through dossiers and probably wouldn't until April or May, or maybe even June! Lucky for me, since I got my act together very late in the game.
I had a good laugh at myself when I was making my phone calls. I had decided that I really wanted a spot at Paris 6, which is a big, prestigious medical and science university, partly because that's my chosen future career and partly because they offer night classes in physics and chemistry that I could have taken for free if I were working there. I was all nervous about calling because I really wanted to make a good impression and not make any silly mistakes on the phone, so I put off calling them until I had "warmed up" on other universities. Then when I finally did call what is the first thing the woman said? They never employ lecteurs or maitres de langue! I hung up and burst out laughing. So much for that one!
My new obsession is planning my vacations for all the upcoming holiday weekends. I'm still up in the air about Easter weekend but thinking about Honfleur, Deauville, and Trouville. For the weekend of May 8 it looks like I'll be heading to Bruges. We have Thursday May 21 off for some reason, and since I don't teach Tuesday afternoons and there's no school on Wednesday I'll probably go to La Rochelle for a few days. I'd prefer to go for longer than that but train tickets are majorly expensive on the weekends. Then for the last weekend in May I am thinking about going to Stockholm. This summer I'm going to do a big British Isles tour and perhaps rent a car and drive around Bretagne depending on when/if a friend from home comes. I really want to see Bretagne, but it seems like it's best to do with a car, which is expensive, especially since I can't drive shift!
Any travel ideas, places to go, stay, or travel buddies welcome!