Collège

Today we went to complete school registration for the kids at collège in a nearby town.  Gratefully, there was an English teacher available to translate for us, and we were able to get all of our questions answered: To start the kids will most likely have one teacher for several periods, who will take them…

The early days

We’ve been in France for four nights and three days.  To reflect, those preliminaries served us well.  The only exception being that third bag, which we were going to send over as a box, was reaaaaaaally heavy getting from the baggage check to the rental car.  It was all extremely smooth, and unbelievably easy. Our…

Exchange rate

We had a big garage sale prior to our move, where we got rid of a lot of items and made a good amount in return.  Our plan was to save the cash until just before departure, when we would visit Uniqlo and buy the kids, Bryan and I some clothes for the trip.  We…

First…the preliminaries.

Expatriating is something that I think would feel more satisfying if it were instantaneous, pulled off quick like a Band-aid, leaving U.S. life in a messy pile.  However, for most folks (including me) that’s not feasible.  When done well in advance, slowly and methodically, it can temper the inevitable stress of the process.  Notes, links,…

It’s part of it

Feeling a good amount of internal conflict.  Mostly it feels weird to be here in a bunch of impermanent situation while my mind tries to make them permanent.  I’ve also got the sad mixed with happy, and I don’t think it’s hit me that I won’t be seeing my parents or my sister and her…