Month: January 2017

So, do you like living here?

I am asked ALL THE TIME why I decided to come to France, if I like it (obviously), and what I like most about living here. Frankly, I think that’s a bit too complex and personal of a question to ask in such conversational contexts, but I usually come up with some generic answer about wine, cheese, how much I love speaking French and how much more calm and relaxed the style of life is here compared to the USA… things that are generally true but not the most accurate responses. I’ve always had a huge breadth of interests. Without trying to sound like an asshole, I love doing – and am pretty good at – quite a lot of things: directing plays, arts administration, working with kids, making awesome anchor charts, teaching drama, managing social media, writing, speaking French, foreign cultures and travel, politics etc. Over the years I’ve dabbled in so many different things, without giving myself enough time or investment to really commit to any of them in a deliberate way. The …

2016: Greatest Hits!

In 2016, I had 4 different jobs read over 40 books started a bookclub that read 6 books together directed 3 plays, produced 2 more, and put on 6 camp sharings wrote for 31 consecutive days in the March Slice of Life Challenge oh yeah, and moved back to France… where I’ve travelled to 4 countries and (at least) 11 cities so far! where I teach 16 amazing classes of primary school students where I’ve met new friends from over 8 countries where I’ve amassed a wine bottle graveyard who’s current count is about 38… (we host a lot of parties) I’ve been struggling a bit this time around to keep up my blog, but I have a handful of posts in the works and hopefully will continue to be inspired to write more as time goes on. For now, please enjoy the Present Perfect Greatest Hits of 2016!! These are the posts I’m most proud of, pleased with, either because of a fun story, or because I pushed myself to try out a different form of writing, …

Académie d’Aix-Marseille: Anne in Marseille

Originally posted on Alexandra Woodfin:
This guest post is brought to you by Anne over at Present Perfect, who was previously an assistante in the Académie de Grenoble and has compared her experience in both. When I first applied to TAPIF, I put off ranking my académie preferences for so long that I’m pretty sure I ended up choosing more or less at random… Thankfully, I lucked into the stunning Académie de Grenoble and the amazing city of Chambéry. HOLD THE PHONE! you’re thinking. I came to page looking for info on the Académie d’Aix-Marseille! T’inquiète mon ami –  I’ve already written volumes on how much I love Chambéry, which I definitely invite you to read. But I’m here today to tell you some more about my current home: Marseille. For my second go-around in TAPIF, I was looking for a different, new experience. I had visited Marseille during one of my vacations and felt somehow drawn to this city of a million contradictions despite the short stay. I had a feeling there was a…