Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why I'm ready to go

Internet, I've been a bad, bad blogger. And while a summer in New York City may sound very glamorous and prone to lending itself to many a bloggable adventure, sadly it just isn't so. My experience being penniless and unemployed in New York City has involved a lot of couch sitting, too much tv watching, constant NPR listening, a bit of park reading, and hours and hours of futon sleeping, and while I've tried and tried to get a blog entry out of it, I just haven't been able to. (Until now. Ha!) And now that Talia is back at school every day, it harkens back to those bad old days of a month ago when I was rattling around her empty apartment all alone, waiting for her to get back from her European vacation. And yet, six months ago in the thick of my final stress-filled, non-stop semester as a grad student, this is probably exactly the kind of laid-back, do-nothing summer I would have chosen for myself. Huh. The grass is always greener, I guess.

But there is hope, folks, since as of yesterday I am the proud purchasor of an electronic plane ticket direct to France, la belle France, the City of Lights, and the country I love. I leave September 22 at 9:05 p.m. And while my bags are not packed, and I have neither visa nor the required paperwork to obtain one (hello, government, get on that, would ya?), I am still oh so ready to go. And oh, it's a one-way ticket, because I am cheap, and also hopeful. (Don't worry, I'll write). Though my contract ends April 30, if I have my way I'll stay there forever. (But you know what they say about counting your poussins...)

A bientôt, chéris. Think good, Frenchy thoughts for me, and if you know anyone at the French consulate who could help me get my arrêté de nomination, like, stat, or alternatively, if you have advice for packing eight months worth of apparel, accessories and accoutrements in only two bags, that would be ever so helpful. Cheers!


  1. That is SO exciting! I hope you write lots of blogs from le France and post pictures too!

  2. Omigod, that's fabulous! Have a terrific time. Of course you will.

  3. Hmm...French Embassy is across from Georgetown Medical Center (don't ask how I know this, I just do), so a visit home might be the thing.

    And doesn't the CIA have people who "work under contract"? Not that you're a spy or anything, but France has given poor President Fraternity Boy nothing but trouble for a few years, so anything is possible, and we know of your love pour toutes les choses Bush.

    Hope the venture goes well, whatever it is! We'll miss you.

    Take care,


  4. Nothing as glamorous as that, I'm afraid. I'll just be teaching the intricacies of the English language to most likely sullen and uninterested middle and high school students. Although perhaps I should have kept it a mystery, it would have been a lot more interesting. :)

  5. Wow, that's really exciting Rachel! I hope you will have time to write a lot of exciting blog posts so that I can live vicariously through you. How long does a tourist visa last? Maybe you could just visit England or Switzerland or something every few months or so to get your passport stamped. [Note to French intelligence/government: I am kidding. Please don't arrest me. Love, Jane]

  6. In France and the rest of the EU you get an entry stamp on your passport when you arrive as a tourist. I think it lasts 90 days and then you must leave and re-enter to get a new stamp. Not too complicated. Rachel will be teaching professionally, so she needs a visa to allow her to work, which is different. Check the French Embassy Web site for details.

  7. Thanks, M. We'll all, er, be sure to do that.

  8. What you get when you take my advice: arrested? Deported? Who knows?

    Clearly not I. ;-)

  9. Hey there...I'm sure you know this already but I love it: rather than count their poussins on dit: Ne vendez pas la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué. Thank you translation course, circa 2003.

    I'm glad you're making progress! Can't wait for you to get here. In terms of packing let me know if I can help...I think I have an old arrêté de nomination laying around somewhere in Boston :)
    Miss you

  10. Canaan- I did not know that. But know I plan on using that as often as possible.

    And you left a comment! Your first? Yay!! :)

  11. I hope not arrested!!
    Keep up Girl!