My Visa came in the mail today!!! YAY I love it!
Among the many things requested by the embassy was an itty-bitty picture of myself to put on my visa. Well that seems to have been worthless because the embassy took their own picture of me and it was that one that they used for my visa…maybe they thought I didn’t look good in the one I brought? Who knows, but I’m happy with how it turned out and love having my visa to hold in my hands, it just makes this that much more real.
Now my new project is getting my drivers permit! The original plan was to just put off all the driving shenanigans until after I get back but one my friends actually suggested that I get my permit before I leave and that way the mandatory nine months required before you can get a license will be up and I will be eligible for a license as soon as I am ready for one! A permit is good for two years so when I get home I will have up to a year to take a driving class and well, learn to drive!
La petite fille on my countdown seems to be running quicker and quicker every day closer to the end…which is actually the beginning! I have a very limited amount of time here before I leave, 1 month and 3 days to be exact. I have everything that I need; all I’ve got to do is pack it all in a suitcase that will never, for the life of it, fit everything! I am however looking forward to tackling the challenge! I love packing!!! And for an entire year? Bring it on!
I stopped in Staples today to get some school supplies since the first day of school is the first day after I get to Tournon! My host family wrote me that they have extra notebooks and binders and all those things but if there was anything I wanted in particular I should bring it. So I got my favorite kind of lead pencils, colored pens and black pens. It was hard not picking up any of the cute notebooks (especially the ones with the cute puppy dog faces!) but I honestly just do not have any extra weight to spare with notebooks! So anyway, before you get too excited about my school supplies I am going to have to tell you to sit tight because I am going to do a whole blog post about packing! Hurray!
The beginning of my application to France talked about how I have lived in the same house with the same six people in the same town with the same group of friends for my entire 15 years of being alive (yeah I know, that’s a lot of stability!) but how now I am so eager to mix it up and experience new things (of course in prettier words!) Yet now that departure is so close I am starting to really savor my last days here in this house with those six people in this town with those friends!!! And no matter how many times I tell my self, “I’m not leaving forever! I’ll be back here in ten months!” it is to very little comfort. I just keep imagining saying good-bye to my parents at the airport…even thinking about it puts me on to the verge of tears. And I know, I really do, that I will be thinking this exact same thing next year about my host family but boy do I hate good-byes.
Luckily I’ll be flying to New York with a good friend I met at one of the AFS orientations and have had the pleasure of seeing several times since! I am hoping being in Mindie's company will distract me and I will be able to compose myself for her presence!