Feb 192012

Week one in France is all about lack of sleep and rushing to get as many things done as possible because my work wants me to start so soon that we only have three week days before I start working. This includes finding an apartment, opening a bank account, going to the préfecture to continue the visa paperwork, getting cell phones, etc. Despite questions about settling in, this week isn’t really about settling in. We’re still in a hotel and we’re not doing any settling.

The apartments we’ve looked at have been okay and varied, as you can see from the pictures. The kids aren’t adjusted to the time change yet on day 3 here, obviously…

Lesson learned from moving: Open a bank account before you go, and get the check book and carte bleu before you go. This will facilitate buying things and may not be possible with some banks (like Crédit Agricole). BNP Paribas is probably a good one since they are a part of Bank of the West in the States.

Things we didn’t budget enough for:

  • The hotel stay in the states,
  • the hotel stay in France,
  • and Jen’s new iPhone (because AT&T sucks).

Things we did this week:

  • Looked at 6 apartments,
  • visited the OFII (l’office de l’immigration et de l’intégration) for the visas,
  • finished opening a bank account,
  • went grocery shopping twice,
  • bought a single stroller because a double wide is too big,
  • and got myself cell phone service (but not Jen because AT&T sucks).