Caught up!

I thought it would take more than one evening, but I typed up all of the posts I had written down in my notebook in my hotel room. Hurrah. And it's a good day, for many reasons.

1) I have an apartment. I had called Mme Alléas, who had Mme Massena call me, and I really had no idea what was going on. But I had a meeting with Mme Massena today and she showed me one of 15 apartments she has to rent in the Villa Montcalm, which she just bought from Mme Alléas, I guess. It's cheaper than the other one, the utilities are included in the price, and it has an oven, so that's good enough for me! I move in next week and Agnès is letting me store my suitcases in her apartment until then.

2) I found the other Americans. I checked my voicemail this morning and had three messages: two from Jennifer and one from Renata. Just yesterday I had despaired of ever finding them, and here I am, getting in touch with them both on the same day. I spent a few hours with Jennifer this afternoon and am having lunch with the two of them tomorrow.

3) I found an Internet café. Actually, Jennifer found it. Hooray! No one I had talked to knew anything about a cybercafé in Vichy, but here it is, with its ten posts (nothing, compared to Neptune!)

4) I might be able to take Spanish classes. Jennifer and I went to the CAVILAM, a language institute in Vichy. They specialize in teaching French to foreigners, then in teaching English to the French, but they do have a few classes in other languages. I have until the week of the 7th to figure out if I want to spend 211€ on intermediate Spanish lessons.

5) I feel somewhat settled. Now I just have to get a bank account, get my carte de séjour, do my paperwork at the school, and move in. I feel like things are starting to fall into place. Whereas yesterday I was calling my mommy and sobbing in a cabine téléphonique, today I am plutôt contente de la vie.

srah - Thursday, 26 September 2002 - 5:19 PM

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