All posts tagged: weather

Sun sun go away

It’s official. The French weather authorities crunched the numbers and determined that Marseille was the sunniest city in France in 2017. Our 3,110 hours of sunlight beat out Nice (3,047) and Corsica (3,036 in Solenzara). So a weird thing about living in Marseille is that I am constantly complaining about how much sun there is, especially in the winter. I am 100% here for sunny, warm days you can spend lounging on the beach or drinking rosé on a sunny terrasse. But when it’s cold and sunny, you sit inside all day wishing you could be outside, but knowing you won’t last more than a half hour at most before giving up in favor of warm toes. And when that freezing Mistral blows, no amount of sunlight can make me go outside. This is where I really see the value of lousy weather. Isn’t it sublime to curl up on the couch while rain lashes the windows and you take a sip of warm tea? Is there any excuse better than a massive thunderstorm to …

1er Mars

They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I think global warming has mixed that proverb up a little, because following a period of chilly fog and huge wind storms mid-February, it’s been 60s and sunny for weeks. However, March has come in with a brand new Slice of Life Story Challenge! I participated last year, thanks to my mom, and will attempt once again to tell a story on my blog each day during this month. Though I’m already really energized by reading others’ writing, I’m a bit nervous about my own, as this month has completely snuck up on me and I haven’t prepared nearly as well as I’d like to. But nevertheless, I will persist! It helps that a lot has changed since last year’s challenge. Then, I was a full-time substitute teacher at an elementary school in Arlington, VA. Now, I’m an English as a Foreign Language teacher in three elementary schools in Marseille, France. Then, I spent my weekends eating pizza and running children’s …

Winter. Or, how many times can I write the word snow in one post*?

Living in between three giant mountains has its perks…namely the stunning views and the easy access to hundreds of hikes and walks. And, one would think that living in the Alps would mean an endless supply of winter snow!! But this winter, one would be wrong. At the beginning of the winter sports season, the Savoyards were in a panic because of an unusually un-precipitous December: HOW WILL WE SKI IF THERE IS NO SNOW, they cried. Slowly, we could see the snow approaching on the mountaintops, but never did it make it down to us lowly inhabitants in the valley. For weeks we watched beautiful flakes falling from the sky only to run outside and find it had all immediately melted on contact. Even though the ski stations by now have more than enough snow, I still felt gipped…So on one particularly snowy day, Julia and I ventured out for a romp in the lightly accumulating fluff.