Nîmoise c’est moi ?

15 Jun

It has finally arrived ! My assignment placement city and school for this next year of teaching in France ! Since April I’ve known I’d be in the Languedoc-Roussillion region, but I was anxious in not knowing exactly where I’d be and always thinking I’d be sent to the middle of nowhere. Happily that is not the case.

So with a roll of a drum, j’ai l’honneur de vous annoncer que j’habiterai à Nîmes ! Aka I have the pleasure of announcing that I will be living in Nîmes !

Right there, in the south ! THANK GOD I’LL HAVE SUN AND A BE (SOMEWHAT) NEAR A BEACH STILL

Located in Southern France between Marseille and Montpellier, is this awesome city called Nîmes ! While I had originally asked to be placed in Lyon, I think this is a much better outcome for someone who loves the sun and who has to leave behind beautiful San Diego.

While I’ve never been there myself, let me tell you, I have been doing quite a bit of research.

There were questions I was always thinking about when moving back to France:

1. How much is rent going to cost/ How little is my apartment going to be ?

2. Will there be anyone there my age ?

3. Is there a Jewish community I can get involved with ?

My research has left me with these answers:

1. OMG RENT IS SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN PARIS I CAN HAVE A 4 ROOM, 75m² APARTMENT FOR LESS THAN MY 16m² PARISIAN ONE ?

2. There is a university there. Young people… CHECK !

3. There is a Jewish community but I think I’ll have to wait and see when I get there if it’s what I’m looking for. What I’m seeing so far doesn’t give me enough information.

Needless to say, I cannot wait. OH and did I mention that it looks beautiful ?! Nîmes at one time was a Roman city, and even better than the Colosseum in Rome, Nîmes has a complete amphitheater itself ! Not to mention ancient Roman buildings and aqueducts ! Definitely a different France than what I experienced in Paris.

Arènes de Nîmes… sorry Mom, they do bullfights here

Aqueduct

 

So I think I’m one lucky girl… now I just need to figure out where in Nîmes I should live so if anyone has suggestions please let me know !

7 Responses to “Nîmoise c’est moi ?”

  1. c.jones 16 June 2014 at 06:32 #

    SO excited for you! I’m going to miss you dearly, but, hey – place to stay in France?? Maybe I’ll come visit. 🙂

    • lanouvellefrancilienne 16 June 2014 at 07:41 #

      You better come visit 🙂

      • c.jones 16 June 2014 at 14:44 #

        I SO want to!!

      • lanouvellefrancilienne 16 June 2014 at 14:53 #

        You are more than welcome to come stay with me, I’m not kidding ! If you find the time and have the money then I implore you to come !

  2. vbrussell8 16 June 2014 at 11:51 #

    AHHHHH Mikayla that’s INCREDIBLE. I love that!! 1) The south is arbitrarily the best part of France, I’ve decided. :] 2) You’ll be so so so close to Nono’s family in Mouans-Sartoux, and 3) You should visit Marseille!! Definitely underrated and it being the most recent European capital of culture, well….
    Anyway, SO STOKED for you!! How long is your teaching assignment?

    • lanouvellefrancilienne 16 June 2014 at 14:53 #

      Its for 9 months, but I’ll try to extend it or perhaps apply to the university. I’m not sure what I want to do after yet. And yes ! I was in Marseille last year with my parents, it’s a cool city.

      • vbrussell8 18 June 2014 at 22:10 #

        Sweet! I hope you get it extended. :] That’s awesome.

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