Since I’m leaving in exactly one week, I was very happy to get my passport back over the weekend…. with a year long visa inside! It’s such a relief to finally have it in my hands and not have to worry about that small detail. Now I need to see about getting an Illinois driver’s license, even though I’m not a resident, so that I can exchange it for a French one. France and Missouri don’t have an exchange deal, so if I can’t procure an Illinois license I’ll have to go to auto-école over there. I am going to be positive and believe that luck will be on my side at the DMV, what do you think?
It’s worth noting that I’m the only one leaving in 7 days, and that’s because I have a job that will begin on June 25 in Montpellier. My husband and kids will follow on July 3, and the container won’t leave St. Louis until June 21.
We’re still not sure about the apartment in Béziers. My sister-in-law has been so sweet, going around to lots of different apartments to check them out for us. She says that the problem with the first one she saw (the one from my previous post) is that a few of the rooms are really ugly, meaning that they are in desperate need of repainting. The other bad thing is that it’s huge and it will cost a fortune to heat it in the winter. I did find out that it has 13 foot ceilings and it’s 167 square meters (1800 square feet)! I really love the idea of having that much space. I’d be so happy to have both an office and a guest bedroom. I keep going back to the fact that it’s in a good neighborhood and there are no agency fees or deposits to pay. Also, they just went down on the rent by 100 €. Anyway, I’ll be able to go and visit it myself next week to see what I think.