Since the latest TAPIF email update, I’ve been thinking more about preparing for France. There’s nothing we can do until we get our work contract – which hopefully will be one of the first sent out at the end of June – but I can start thinking about it at least.
The email suggested that we wait to buy our plane ticket until September, but I can’t help but feel apprehensive about it being expensive around that time. A few weeks I was looking at tickets (Icelandair, baby!) for flights in mid-to-late September (I had put September 18th) that would cost about $530 total (one way). I’m not sure if the consulate will require will require us to get a return ticket, too, but if they do I will just purchase a RyanAir ticket to England to show them I’m leaving France (it worked last time, and it was only $20).
Should I go ahead and purchase my plane ticket in June like I want to, or should I follow their advice and buy it later? I know that it’s possible that there could be complications, but how big of a risk is that really? It happened when I went last year, but it was my fault and I will not be making the same mistake again.
I’ve been thinking about where I’ll be living, too. Of course it all depends on where I am. If I’m close enough to Orléans, it would be easy to find a place to live with my friends there, one of whom already invited me to. If not, I’m not sure what I will do. I guess the options available are:
- the school provides housing
- I find my own housing
I was talking to someone going to the same region as me, and he expects to stay in a hostel until he gets his housing, but I do not want to do that. It’s too expensive, in my opinion. I want to have it ready, or as close to ready as possible, by the time I arrive.
If the school provides housing, I imagine it would be no problem to move in when I arrive. If not, I read that there are people we can get in contact with (usually people provided by the school) who can help us out. I have read about people staying temporarily with a host family, sometimes with the contact. That would rock.
If I have to find my own housing, I suppose I will use leboncoin.fr to find it. Nothing I can do about that now, but I’m hoping it will work out smoothly.
The info on which city my schools will be in could not come sooner! I am excited beyond belief, and I know that I’ll be happy no matter where I’m put. I’ve been reading all about basically every city big or small in the Centre region. Can’t wait!