Last night I decided to take the train from St. Louis to Chicago rather than drive or fly. The last time I took the train in the US was again from St. Louis to Chicago to apply for a long-stay visa at the French Consulate in Chicago, but that was 15 years ago. Things have changed, and for the better! The Amtrak trains still aren’t fast, but this one was clean and believe it or not the passengers were well-behaved!
I made it to Chicago at 11:00 and twelve hours later I was at the consulate turning in all of my documents to obtain a long-stay visa that will permit me to live and work legally in France for a year while taking the steps to gain French nationality. It went very well, and I’ll have my passport back in time to travel to France on June 17. I’m relieved to know that I can check that off of my list.
They don’t call Chicago the Windy City for nothing. It’s pretty windy and cold out there, and I forgot to bring a jacket. I guess I thought my thoughts were focused on the Mediterranean.