Ma Normandie

Since I received my TAPIF acceptance letter, I have been googling my future home region whenever I have a spare moment (and sometimes even when I really don’t have a spare moment). I still have the occasional wistful thought about Grenoble or Montpellier, but mostly I am just really, really excited to be going to Caen. My excitement has only increased as I connect with other future teaching assistants via Facebook and peruse the blogs of former assistants for any useful tidbits of advice. As I call, text, Facebook message and WhatsApp every one of my family members and close friends to tell them the news, one question keeps coming up: “Where exactly is Caen/Lower Normandy?”  For this reason, I thought I’d write a blog post with some basic information about the region. I’m lucky enough to know a fair bit about Lower Normandy already, not only because I passed through with my dad, but also because I have had to do two major research projects on a region of France since high school, and both times, my region was Normandy (fate? coincidence? You decide!). So without further ado, here are some fun facts about my future home! Continue reading