Spring weather

March has been a month of very unsettled weather here in Clermont-Ferrand (and indeed most of the country) as we headed into Spring. After my weekend in the Alps with Dom that I wrote about last post I haven’t had any weekends away. I’ve been waiting for a fine weekend! We have had some incredible weather just not at the weekends!

While I have been unable together away I’ve been enjoying my time in CF hanging out with friends and planning my next adventures. Highlights have included going out for St Patrick’s Day dressed as an Irish flag (somewhat strangely I have a green skirt and an orange cardigan here with me in France), and watching a few matches from the 6 nations as well as general hanging out with friends.

I haven’t completely failed to get away however as in the last week I have been to Paris for the Nicki Minaj concert with Laura and Emma some fellow Kiwis and I’ve been on a day trip to Le Puy en Velay (and I must say the weather was incredible). In Le Puy I climbed a few basilic formations and checked out the cute city.

You might wonder how I’ve managed to fit those in within the school week. Well classes here are almost done for me, I have three weeks left of teaching but plenty of my classes sitting exams so I actually only have about 10 classes left! 

I have a couple of blogs coming up about teaching and French schools and another one about cultural differences I’ve noticed. Look out for those coming soon!

Tomorrow I am heading away for four days as I only have to teach on Thursday this week! More about that trip in my next post.

Until next time,

Amanda xx


It’s all coming to an end in France

I am back to work again now after the holidays although this week I had less classes because the final year students are sitting their mock exams.

We only have another two months left teaching in France and so the last two weeks I have tried to get more involved with the locals and speaking French so I regularly go along to Café des Langues at the pub where you meet people and speak French. I also went with Jenna – another assistant – to another speed dating type event where we met local families, spoke French and swapped numbers with those we connected with.

Other highlights from the last two weeks were a crêpe night at Jenna’s house (yum!) and a day trip to Lyon for one of the other assistants birthday’s. The weather was stunning so we spent a lot if time walking around in the sun and enjoying being in a large city for a change.

This weekend I’m in the French alps (Les Deux Alpes). I’m not skiing but here to enjoy the views and snow and hit the bars with Dom. We also spent the morning in Grenoble on Friday. It’s been a really good weekend and as well as the above activities we have also taken a cable car to a traditional village and ate fondue. It’s been relaxing and I don’t want to go home tomorrow!

I have no plans for the next few weekends but the weather is getting better and with my time in France coming to an end I want to get out and see some more cities, so watch this space for more adventures.

Until next time,

Amanda xx