To interrupt my vacation tales with some ramblings ...
I'm driving myself nuts over this lectrice d'anglais thing. No, I have not yet submitted a single lettre de motivation. I kept asking different people to look at my lettre, and I was going to send them out today, but then I started revising my letter again, and so now I have to ask people to look at it again. I'm convinced that my letter is crap crap crap and they will take one look at it and hit "delete." I am applying almost exclusively to universities in the Paris area. While I had renewed hope that I might actually get a post there after reading Petite Anglaise (she got a lectrice post and was able to renew it because no one else wanted it), I have to be honest with myself here that Paris is the city the most in demand in France, and especially since my letters are going out late, I have very, very little chance of actually getting a post there. But I would really love to have a post in Paris. My new plan is to call all of the English departments I'm applying to before I send out the letter, ostensibly to ask who I should email it to but really to convince them that I'm charming and adorable and would be a great asset to their department.
Fat chance of that, right? :)
The street right across from the Gare du Nord has gotten a major face lift since the last time I happened to look at it. It used to be filled with mediocre brasseries catering to the people stuck there waiting for trains, but now it's really something! Of course there are still some mediocre brasseries, but there is also a kebab/pizza/crêpe place, an Asian traiteur, a Quick Burger, and even a McDonald's! It's almost becoming a real train station! I am always jealous of the other train stations in Paris that have so many restaurants and stores right around them. Gare du Nord is pretty bleak in comparison. Now we have a McDo!
Not that I ever eat there. But I take it as a good sign of better things to come. If only one of those great Indian places from down the road would open up a take-out stand, now that would be really great. Hot samosas while you wait for your train, yum-o!
P.S. I was a little disappointed that no one commented on the Goy store. Did no one else find that funny? Or are there just no other Jews reading my blog?