Friday, January 29, 2010

My carte de séjour!!! yay :-)

I received my new carte de séjour this morning! Yayyyyyy!!! In fact, the Préfecture had only received it from Paris today!

The friendly lady at the Préfecture told me about a week ago that she would see about my file immediately and send it to Paris, and she really did :-) It's actually funny that I received my carte de séjour the exact same date as I did last year :-O

Overall, this is great, since I leave the country in two days! Whew!!! Anyway, I'm glad I don't have to change my plane ticket. Spain here I come!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Annecy in January

Photos taken around the lake today

Around the lake (next to the casino), there's an enclosure with some animals.
Here's a turkey

Ooh look at the pretty peacock!
(or is it a "royal turkey"? lol --> un pavo real in Spanish)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Officially on vacation!!!

Happy New Year!!! Bonne année!!! Feliz año nuevo!!!

I probably should have posted that about 3 weeks ago lol. Anyway, well today I had my last exam (which was crap by the way) and now I can finally breathe!!!

Alright, so a few things have happened since my last blog post. I went to the Fête des Lumières in Lyon. Fantastic! I enjoyed it more than last year:) and had great company. Let's see, I also turned 23! (getting old-ish lol). My holidays were great too! Christmas day in Annecy followed by a few days in Grenoble with some fellow Trinis (we also went skiing!), then back to Chambéry for one day, then New Years in Lyon. It snowed a few days before Christmas ... the snow then melted, no snow ... then boom! 30 cm snow of snow in one night, just in time for the rentrée (4th Jan)! I've since changed my footwear lol. January has been a lot less fun /à la limite assez stressant! because I was pretty busy with uni (project, business game and exams).

Anyway, the next thing on my agenda is ... Spain! Well, that's if the Préfecture gives me some sort of récépissé/carte de séjour in the next 10 days! Ahh, the usual ... sigh. *Patience, patience*

Here are some pics from December and January. Enjoy!

Christmas lunch in Annecy

Sign at the youth hostel in Grenoble. Interesting English lol

Téléphérique in Grenoble

Chamrousse ski station

Pics of Chambéry - nice day, beginning of January

Les Eléphants - in Chambéry of course!

And then it suddenly snowed! --> no class + no buses = I stayed home :-)

I've arrived at uni! Umm, perhaps I won't take that dangerous path/descent with all that snow!

Ski station? Nope, snow at the Université de Savoie
The library is in the background

Oh look! A snowman at uni!

Winter in Jacob Bellecombette

La Croix du Nivolet in the distance
The snow has finally melted. Today was foggy.
This is the same field that looked like a ski station.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CAF : "Vous êtes étudiante."

That was the first line of a letter I received from the CAF (Caisse d'allocations familiales) a few days ago.

I really wasn't expecting the CAF to reduce my housing benefit. Last year I had a good job, a low rent thanks to the logement de fonction, and received 135€ per month from the CAF. This time around, I have no job, am a full-time student with a higher, yet normal rent, and will now receive ... 87€ per month. As such, I now have to reimburse the outstanding money I received since September.

Why the change? Apparently, "vous êtes étudiante" = you will receive less money lol :( Anyway, I guess it's still better than receiving nothing ...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The snow has begun

View from my window yesterday morning:
Well I wasn't particularly thrilled. However, fortunately it didn't snow heavily! Similarly, I appreciate that the snow didn't begin earlier in November like last year. :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Chocolat viennois - 3,10€ @ Folliet, Chambéry
Best hot chocolate ever?! My taste buds were surely delighted! :-)
I'll have to return to sample some of the other delicious-sounding treats on the menu!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


A lot has been going on lately. I don't feel like blogging when I'm stressed / matters are unsolved ... hence the delay. Anyway, here's the gist of things:

I'm back at uni! :-) Lol, feels good to be productive! Anyway, so far so good.

I'm no longer an English-language assistant. My contract got renewed (same two collèges like last year). However, I resigned because I didn't have enough free hours in my uni timetable to fulfill my teaching requirements. In addition, given that the Préfecture also sent me a letter asking what I'll be doing "réellement" this year, "soit assistante... soit étudiante", perhaps it wouldn't have been possible to do the two again ... at least not on a student carte de séjour. Anyway, I sincerely hope that my schools don't go without an assistant this year!

Similarly, I had to give up the apartment reserved for the language assistant. I went through some stress to find suitable accommodation, but now I'm sharing an apartment with three colocataires in Jacob Bellecombette, just a 10 minute walk away from the university. I found the apartment on

I've met up with a friend from back home who's now teaching in Annecy! It's cool having someone from Trinidad in the same region :-)

This September, like last year, I got the cold (not swine flu!). Oh, not to mention that I've gotten the cold again! It's October, ridiculously cold (from summer to winter in one week!) and I've got a pretty persistant cough... which will soon go away!! Just about two weeks ago a uni lecturer held one of my classes outdooors! (The classrooom inside the building was really hot!) Anyway, that's no longer the case. I guess it'll snow in November (like last year!).

After roughly three weeks of walking around with an expired récépissé (no fault of mine!!!) and the letter from the Préfecture asking what I'm really doing, I finally received a new récépissé on Friday. :-) Hopefully I'll get the carte de séjour before it expires.