31.08.2009 - 01.09.2009 21 °F
I finally managed to find the time to get everything organized and my bags packed. (Well,almost packed). I still have a list, miles long, with things I need to do and things I need to buy before I leave. Among many things this list includes getting a hair cut and calling the banks.
After much stress and anticipation, my French student VISA arrived a few days ago. My visit to the French consulate was an adventure in itself! I had to travel to Atlanta to appear in person at the Consulate. My appointment was at 9:20am but I was not seen until close to 11am. And you thought the dentist was bad with making you wait? People left the office in front of me crying and upset but luckily my application was approved, although that does not mean I was approved for a VISA and I was told my application could be denied at any time. A weight was lifted off my shoulder when I actually held the VISA in my hands.
My flight leaves O'hare tomorrow at 4:15 CST but I will probably arrive at the airport around 1:45pm just to be safe. I went a head and checked in for my flight earlier today online and chose my seats. I am flying over to Paris on KLM, which I am excited about. I have never flown them before but I hear that they have a fantastic business/first class section. Unfortunately, I will not be sitting in that section, but I sure hope those people enjoy the flight!
I was slightly nervous about the flight as I was worried I was going to get a middle seat. For whatever reason, I couldn't choose a seat until check in the day before. Excited would be an understatement to how I felt when I managed to snag the last window seat on the plane. I understand that I will not be able to see anything out the window during flight, but having the wall to sleep against is almost a necessity when stuck on a plane for 9 hours. Otherwise, without the window and wall that accompanies it, I could end up falling asleep on some fat sweaty person's lap, who does not believe in deodorant. Or worse, they falls asleep on me! I learned that the hard way on my flight to Peru.
My excitement level has certainly increased since the last post. I knew that as the day of departure approached, I would become significantly more excited. I finally received my home stay information earlier today. I had procrastinated on turning in some forms so I did not get it until later. I learned that I will be staying with a retired lady and will also have a house mate, who is studying with the same program as me. I was never concerned about living with my host family and on my housing questionnaire I listed that I was impartial to having another American student living with me, but when I found out that I did have a house mate, I was actually pretty excited. It is going to be nice to have someone who is going through the same experiences.
I should probably get off to bed as I am going to have a very busy day tomorrow. If you don't hear from me sooner, I will update you when I arrive. I am sure I will have a fun story to tell. I will leave you with a picture of what the room looked like while I was packing.