I’m going to San Francisco!
This week I found out that the only way to get a French Visa is to apply in person in San Francisco, so I’m going to be taking an impromptu trip this July to get all of my Visa stuff cleared. As random as this trip is, and as much as financially it’s really not helping my whole “budget” plan, I’m actually looking forward to the vacation. I’ve been so incredibly stressed during this whole process, and having four days to explore a beautiful city I love will be a perfect respite before go-time in August. July 7th is the magic day for applying for my visa! Wish me luck! I honestly will weep if it doesn’t go through, at this point.
This whole week has been a bit mad, honestly. I’ve jumped through so many hoops to make this happen, and now a new hidden hoop! Hurray. I’m not saying the French government doesn’t want people to move there, but I’m not exactly feeling like they do.
That being said, there are some pretty awesome things that have happened this week, too! First off, I got my official hard copy of my acceptance letter to the University of Orleans, yesterday! It was so cool to get something in my mailbox from where I’m moving! The packet included my letter, and then some other info, such as a campus maps and some info about the city. I CANNOT wait.
Today I FINALLY got ahold of a copy of French Vogue! I’ve been trying to get it from the newspaper stand near my house, but they’re always sold out! Sixth time’s a charm, I guess. This morning I sat, facing Puget Sound, eating my favorite Pike Place bakery treats, and reading vogue in the sunshine – it was magical (and so needed!).
Also, Postcrossing is blowing my mind. If you haven’t signed up, and have an interest in sending/receiving postcards from around the world, sign up! I’ve already had postcards from Prague, Poland, South Africa, Germany, China and five other places I don’t even remember. It’s so much fun to open my mailbox and find a postcard from someone thousands of miles away!
And that’s all for now. Life is crazy right now, but I’m doing my best to soak up every minute, because I know it’s only for a little while before I won’t be able to. France 2014, or bust! (preferably not busting, though)
P.s. Next time you meet someone who’s successfully moved to France – give them a high five.
7 thoughts on “San Fran Bound”
Crazy! I have read France is tightening up their laws on visa’s after their last election. Best of luck 🙂
hey! I’m going to au pair in Paris this august as well! I completely understand the whole visa process.. i’m having such a hard and frustrating time with mine!
I’m so glad to hear it’s not just me haha 🙂 I like to think that having to work harder for the visa will make me appreciate it more. 🙂
Best of luck in your Au Pair journey! I’m sure it will be an amazing experience for you!
thanks you too! Do you have a pacing checklist? and what size suitcase are you taking! I’m having such a hard time trying to pick and choose!
I haven’t started packing yet haha I’m leaving that until August since I’m not leaving until the end of the month, and I have some time off of work, then. Same with suitcases…but I think I’m taking two fairly large ones and then one carry on small suitcase 🙂 Bonne chance!
haha okay! I just went and bought two 29 inch suitcases so i’m hoping that will be enough 😛