two weeks

Two weeks and one day before my plane leaves, I feel surprisingly prepared.

About a month ago, I pulled my suitcase down from the highest shelf of my parents’ closet. I thought, could this be too early? No. Knowing my airline’s baggage policy (first max 50lb bag free, overweight fee of $200, second bag fee of $200), I have no choice but to take one suitcase and one carry-on. My beastly hard-case Delsey suitcase weighs 11lbs (it’s also purple), therefore I have a good 39lbs to pack with lots of layers for the cold weather of northern France. I’ve slowly been putting sweaters, leggings, and long-sleeved shirts into the suitcase – items that I’ll have no need for during September in Texas.

A gorgeous Texas sunset in front of my house that I’ll be sure to miss.

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visa #2!

It’s August, so that means it’s time for a trip to the French Consulate in Houston – right?

Apparently. Last year, I had my interview for my first French visa for my exchange program through Baylor. This year, it was time to step it up. I was interviewed for my second French visa for my teaching assistant position. Just like last year, I made my drive more bearable by stopping in College Station to visit one of my best friends, Helen. I stayed for a couple of days and was glad to be able to spend some quality time with her and her dogs (my god-puppies).

Dexter & Zeus!

We talked about my upcoming appointment, and she told me that we should make this visit a yearly tradition – you know, every year before I get my French visa, I should come visit her. Ha!

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a watched pot never boils.

I found out on April 4, 2011 that I was offered the English Teaching Assistant position in Lille, France that I had been hoping for for the previous 8 months. I felt great! I was so excited that my plan came through. I HAVE A JOB!!!

3 months and 4 days later, I am still waiting to hear more information. (Now I’m just being selfish.) I know that I’ll be teaching somewhere in Lille, but that’s like saying I know that I’ll be teaching somewhere in Dallas-Fort Worth. I am trying very hard to be patient, but since I constantly stalk the Facebook group for future Lille assistants and have noticed that a good 85% have received their placement, I am quickly becoming green with envy!

With around 2 1/2 months until I hop on my plane to Brussels, of course I am anxious.

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a long time coming.

although i’ve kept another blog in the past for my travels, i’ve decided to try out wordpress to specifically document my France adventure that will commence in 11 days.

if you’d like to read up on the process leading up to my departure, you can visit my other blog. it also contains posts on my past travels within the US, Ireland, and England.

posts will only get more interesting from here!