What’s next for As Told By Dana?

Today is the last day of my TAPIF experience. I left Toulon on April 17th for Paris, where I spent the long weekend chaperoning a high school group with my mother. Afterwards I spent a day in Giverny, five days in Normandy with a trip to Honfleur and Etretat, one week in Morocco, two weeks in Italy, and four days in Corsica before heading back to Toulon and Nice for the week, where I finally finished my administrative tasks, said my final goodbyes, and met my friend Mathieu for the first time. These nine months have come and gone–months I have been anticipating since I returned home from Normandy exactly four years ago today. To be honest, I am ready for my TAPIF experience to be over. It was incredible, and I made my TAPIF experience the best experience I could have possibly had. I traveled extensively around France and specifically in Provence/La Côte d’Azur, as well as Monaco, Spain, Wales, England, Turkey, Morocco, Italy, and Corsica. I made lifelong friends, drastically improved my French, and cured a bit of my travel bug, at least for the time being.

But, big news: This may be the end of my TAPIF experience, but it is not the end of my France experience. Earlier this month, I accepted a position as a lectrice at a university near Lille, France. So, I will be heading back to LE NORD at the end of August to be an English Teacher at the university level!

I want to personally thank each and every one of my readers for all of your continuous, ongoing support this year. I never thought that my blog would have grown as much as it has, or that I would have met so many new friends through the internet. Within the next couple of months, I hope to continue improving and organizing content on my blog. But please keep stopping by, as I will continue writing (I still have many, many things to say!) and this blog would be nothing without you, the readers! Finally, please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comment sections below.

So, here’s to the next year of my French (mis)adventures. It’s going to be a wild ride! I ended this chapter and started my new one by cliff jumping in Nice this afternoon.




24 thoughts on “What’s next for As Told By Dana?

  1. Congrats! Nord-Pas-de-Calais is AWESOME! They seriously have the nicest people in all of France, such great traditions and culture, and amazing accessibility to Paris, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam (among other places). You will love it there! Just make sure to bring a raincoat and warm clothes–you won’t see the sun from October until April 🙂 Where are you going to be living/working?

    1. Thanks! I was in Lille last year so I’m excited (though nervous about being broke!) I’ll be teaching in Valenciennes and probably living there too- do you know much about it??

  2. Congrats!! On finishing TAPIF and starting a new job. I look forward to learning about North France now :).

  3. Congrats!! I am so excited that you got a real grown up job. That is so fantastic. Also, you are going to be near Lille and we should definitely meet up for coffee when I am there in the fall!

    1. Yes! I would love that! Regardless if I live in Lille or Valenciennes I’d love to meet up cause I’ll need new friends! Bises

    1. I used ielanguages.com as a resource and networked a lot to find lectrice jobs. This one I found thru a friend of a friend- I had two interviews and was offered the position in late April !

  4. Congrats on your new job, can’t wait to hear more about your adventures! Who knows, we may bump into France one of these days. 🙂 Also I’m confused, you met your friend Mathieu for the first time? Were you only corresponding through e-mail or something? It’s okay if it’s too personal to share, I’m just being nosy!

    And love the blog redesign!

    1. I’d love to meet up in France !! That would be great, so keep me updated on your travel plans.

      Mathieu is the step-son of my colleague- I’ve been giving him English lessons since January via Skype (he lives in Bordeaux and we’re the same age, he came to visit his weekend so I went and had lunch with this family !

  5. That’s great news, Dana. Congratulations!

    You’ll be living in a completely new region that you can explore. I’ve only ever lived in Bordeaux during my years living in France and although I have travelled across France many times, my opinions of France are based only on what I have experienced here really. It’s great to be able to compare and to know what life is like across this country. I hope that you’ll be writing about the differences between living in the south, Caen and Lille.

  6. Yay! You’re going to love it! I was just hanging out with Jeff tonight. We both so would have stayed in the position if we could have! Can’t wait to meet you!

      1. I hope it’s helpful, though I don’t think I wrote too much about it in the end! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me, though my experience was a bit different because it was at an engineering school.

      2. I will! Coincidently I’ll also be at an engineering Grande Ecole! So this will be great! I’ll get to it this week

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