Yesterday was a whirlwind, but also full of so many wonderful moments. I laid in bed in my cozy new apartment last night feeling so thankful. I sat beside another TAPIF assistant on my flight from Dublin to Lyon. We chatted the whole way. It was so nice to have someone to share in my nerves and anticipation! We landed and navigated customs before we parted ways. My contact teacher, Carole, and her mom picked me up at the airport. They became hosts, tour guides, and new friends all within a few minutes. They were gracious about my rusty French (and insisted it’s way better than I think it is) and took me home. I met my teacher’s 7 and 2 year olds. Nothing will humble you more quickly about your language insufficiencies than a 2 year old’s half nonsense/ half French. But Carole’s family immediately made me feel so welcome. We visited my apartment and dropped off my bags and I got a tour of my new home. They kept me awake long enough to eat an incredible dinner (it helps that Carole’s husband is a chef!) and I crashed at 11pm certain to beat jetlag.
This morning I woke up and made a plan for my day. Since I don’t have a SIM card yet, I don’t have internet when I leave my apartment. This means that I had to plan my day quite carefully so I could Google map where I planned to go then screenshot the directions to avoid getting lost (which still happened twice… I met lots of nice people who got me going in the right direction). Something about apologetically saying “J’ai déménagé ici hier” (I moved here yesterday) makes people be incredibly friendly! So here was the plan.
- Step 1. Find a cup of tea.
- Step 2. Get a SIM card for my phone.
- Step 3. Grocery shop.
- Step 4. Pick up my bike!
- Step 5. Unpack/ decorate my room.
I completed 3.5. Not bad for Day 1! No luck with the SIM card. Three different companies all told me I have to have a bank routing number. And unpacking is exhausting so that’s only half done. But I successfully got groceries, drank tea, and picked up my bike! The last of which is so exciting it warrants its own post.
I am so happy to be here and I feel so warmly welcomed to my new home.
PS I only expect my sister to get the reference from the title 🙂