Going home

By   May 15, 2007

I return to France tomorrow. Well, it will be Thursday by the time I get there. I have two suitcases packed to the maximum weight limit (one of those being full of books…) plus a carry-on that might be a little too heavy for me to lift over my head and a “purse” that’s actually a messenger bag. I had to leave some stuff behind that I’ll have to get in October when I return again for Teresa’s wedding.

I’ve accomplished almost everything I needed to get done while I was here. I’m still waiting on some paperwork in the mail, but I suppose there’s nothing I can do about that. I had to renew my driver’s license since my 25th birthday is on Friday, and I plan on exchanging it for a French license as soon as I receive it. (Fourteen US states have exchange programs with France so that Americans from those states can exchange their US licenses for French licenses without having to pay – luckily Michigan is one of those states!)

And since it’s been so long since I’ve had to take out a student loan for tuition, I can’t remember when I will receive any financial aid. Is it 2 weeks after the start of the semester? A month? All I know is that my $1,656 tuition bill is already “due” and collecting late fees.

My cousin’s wedding was this Saturday and it was really nice. Normally I hate weddings, but this was my closest cousin and I really like his wife. Though it does make me feel old. My brother and his girlfriend are finally engaged (it’s been about 6 years!), but she still has a year of law school left so I don’t think the wedding will be for a while.

I visited my old high school on Monday and gave some French ads and newspapers to my first French teacher, Madame Refice. It was so good seeing her again. I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I graduated from high school. I don’t wish I were still in high school, but I do wish I could be in her French class again.

It wasn’t hard to adjust to American life again when I got here last week. I have a feeling it will be hard to adjust to French life again though. Mostly because I haven’t spoken any French in a week. At least the election is over so something else will be on French TV for once!