La Poste

I have a love/hate relationship with the post office in France. On the one hand, their trucks are a cute yellow color and the new cow stamps are so adorable. Seriously, there’s one cow singing “Ne meuuh quitte pas…” and another says “Oh, mais quel joli timbre!” (Ne me quitte pas means don’t leave me; but meuuh is how French cows say moo. A timbre is a stamp, but this word also means the tone quality of your voice when you’re singing. Genius, I tell you!)

But they lost my new carte de séjour this summer. I still don’t have the replacement one after 6 weeks of waiting, so now I’m worrying the second one got lost.

I’m still waiting for my French driver’s license too. I had to buy a trackable envelope (Distingo Suivi) for them to send it back to me when it was done, and I’ve been checking online for nearly two months to see if it’s been sent yet. Now it tells me that, today, September 25, “Le courrier a été déposé dans la boîte à lettres du destinataire.” But wait, there’s nothing in my mailbox today! ::sigh::

I’m hoping they just jumped the gun a little and it’s still at the sorting center in Annecy or maybe it’s sitting in our little local office waiting to be delivered tomorrow…

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  • Bolder

    My relationship with la poste is more of a hate/hate relationship… I’ve had many an important thing lost or hugely delayed. In fact, I sent a postcard to one of my friends back in April only for her to receive it at the end of August… go figure! And I’m a bit worried because I have to send my passport to Marseille soon to have more pages added. I guess that I’ll just have to cross my fingers when I send it off…

  • Bolder

    My relationship with la poste is more of a hate/hate relationship… I’ve had many an important thing lost or hugely delayed. In fact, I sent a postcard to one of my friends back in April only for her to receive it at the end of August… go figure! And I’m a bit worried because I have to send my passport to Marseille soon to have more pages added. I guess that I’ll just have to cross my fingers when I send it off…

  • Samantha

    If it makes you feel any better, they’re screwing us over too – we haven’t gotten any mail for 8+ days now. Our mail forwarding was supposed to start this coming Saturday, yet by last Saturday, the postman had already put a sticker on our box saying we didn’t live there anymore (what is it with this country messing up dates so much, btw??). So I figured everything would be at the gîte, but there has been nothing there yet so far – which makes me wonder – where IS all of our mail going? I can’t imagine they’re just holding it all somewhere….so maybe it’s going in the poubelle? Either way, I know there’s a really good chance that we’ll never see half of it!

  • Samantha

    If it makes you feel any better, they’re screwing us over too – we haven’t gotten any mail for 8+ days now. Our mail forwarding was supposed to start this coming Saturday, yet by last Saturday, the postman had already put a sticker on our box saying we didn’t live there anymore (what is it with this country messing up dates so much, btw??).

    So I figured everything would be at the gîte, but there has been nothing there yet so far – which makes me wonder – where IS all of our mail going? I can’t imagine they’re just holding it all somewhere….so maybe it’s going in the poubelle? Either way, I know there’s a really good chance that we’ll never see half of it!

  • Karina

    Sam – someone told me that when they forward your mail they hold a bunch until the get “enough” to make it worth sending or something… i had tons of problems with moving and la poste this year as you can imagine!

  • Karina

    Sam – someone told me that when they forward your mail they hold a bunch until the get “enough” to make it worth sending or something… i had tons of problems with moving and la poste this year as you can imagine!

  • Jennie

    I’m wondering why we receive virtually no mail at our new apartment too. We moved in June, and gradually change our address on official things over the summer, and we still barely receive anything. I hope nothing important has been lost… like my new carte de sejour!

  • Jennie

    I’m wondering why we receive virtually no mail at our new apartment too. We moved in June, and gradually change our address on official things over the summer, and we still barely receive anything. I hope nothing important has been lost… like my new carte de sejour!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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