third time’s a charm?

Well, here I am again: Haley in France. And I’m actually even in France this time!

I flew with Southwest from Dallas to Newark (with a brief, stay-on-the-plane connection in St. Louis) and then had a 4 hour layover in Newark before I took off on my 7.5 hour flight to Paris. Then I waited 2 hours at the Paris airport before taking a one hour train to Lille, where I was happily reunited with the boy. After an hour of shopping and dragging my suitcase along, it was time for our train to Hazebrouck. After nearly 24 hours of travel, I made it to his house and was ready to nap, but instead I was a good girlfriend and helped him rearrange his living room to make it work with the new couch that he bought that we had picked up on the way to his house. (It looks awesome. It’s even long enough for me to take a nap on!)

When I arrived in Hazebrouck, it felt like I had just been here. Two and a half months is a reasonable time to be away, but now this place feels familiar. This country feels familiar. It was perfect to end the night with a beer and some friends at the best bar in Hazebrouck, Shaka Laka.

Since it’s my third time to stay in France, I am hoping that it will bring me some sort of luck for figuring out what I’d like to do with my life during these next couple of years. Where do I want to live? What kind of job could I/would I like to have? These are deep questions to ponder on a Thursday afternoon, but I have already completed nearly everything on my to-do list today, including taking a bike ride on this rare sunny day in northern France…

Country roads in Hazebrouck

Next week, I’ll start the job hunt. So, wish me bonne chance as I take a chance on France this time around. A bientôt!

5 thoughts on “third time’s a charm?

  1. Uncle Dan August 9, 2012 / 8:17 AM

    Have fun, Haley. Good luck on the job hunting…and, please tell Michele “Hi” from me and Aunt Mary Ann. Look forward to meeting him someday. Love you tons.

  2. Mom August 9, 2012 / 8:20 AM

    My money is on you. I know you will find your place in life. Love you!

  3. Katy August 16, 2012 / 10:37 PM

    Bonjour Haley! I’m Katy, and I’m going to be participating in TAPIF this coming year (I leave in a month and I’m placed in Narbonne, in the south). I’ve been looking at blogs from TAPIF participants and I found yours, it’s great! I was especially drawn to your subtitle of “the adventures of a Texas native” – I’m from Fort Worth! I wish you all the bonne chance et bon courage in the monde throughout your French job search; hope you get something perfect! (Also, I’m starting a blog to follow my stay in France. Feel free to check it out sometime, it’s Nothing exciting happening yet, though, but soon!)


    • haleyinfrance August 20, 2012 / 6:29 AM

      Hi Katy! Great to hear from another Texas native heading to France! I am sure you’ll have an amazing time and I look forward to reading about your adventures. Thanks for the good luck wishes!

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