Immigration, Life in Paris

Peak Productivity :

It has been a red letter day, to be sure! I planned it yesterday, and I did it today : I renewed my visa! Or rather, I put in the request to renew my visa, to which I should receive a response in, well, some undetermined number of weeks. I want to take you through… Continue reading Peak Productivity :

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Immigration

Visa Victory!

Well, almost! As I mentioned yesterday, I'm not going to get a second master's degree next year. Every time I write that it sounds so ridiculous, but still, I had applied to do it anyway and I was officially rejected on Tuesday. With that knowledge in mind, I cracked open my visa dossiers and got… Continue reading Visa Victory!

Consumption, Ethical Choices

Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption

What's a girl to do? Today on, "Buy Nothing or Buy Better" aka my constant struggle, I'm trying to figure out what it means to buy some stuff from Ikea and whether or not it's ethically sound. After a bit of digging and quite a few puff pieces from the "2016 highlights" section of Ikea's… Continue reading Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption

Immigration

The Definitive Student Visa Renewal Dossier*

*For my specific préfecture in my specific situation in June/July of 2017. This always bears repeating, but any list of required documents you find on the internet regarding your visa situation even if you find it on the government's website is just a list on the internet. I recommend always, always going in person to your préfecture… Continue reading The Definitive Student Visa Renewal Dossier*

Immigration

Mornings at the Préfecture 

This is a lot harder to do when I actually have a job. Two years ago, I had time to waste an entire day sitting in various chairs, waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn.  This year, I'm writing this post from outside the préfecture, where I've been waiting for about an hour. Let… Continue reading Mornings at the Préfecture 

Life in Paris

Train Travel : A Step-By-Step Guide

Let's be real, I'm holding my own hand here. I am reminding myself that I write for me, not for other people, but it still ought to be said that I am no expert at train travel in France. I take trains outside of Paris about 5-7 times per year, largely to go on vacation,… Continue reading Train Travel : A Step-By-Step Guide

Immigration

Immigration Insanity

It's that time of year! I recently created a shared calendar for our household, and there are three upcoming meetings at the Préfecture scheduled for this week. By meetings, I naturally mean, "ARRIVE AT 7AM TO WAIT IN LINE UNTIL 9 IF YOU WANT TO HAVE ANY HOPE OF GETING TO WORK ON TIME!" I'm… Continue reading Immigration Insanity

Life in Paris, Reflection

Consistency is Key

And other platitudes that I'm not practicing! I'm hoping to get back on track after three missed posts in one week. I visited the lab again this morning to see if my misadventures in microbiology are finally at their end. In equally exciting news, I defended my thesis yesterday, and I am fairly confident that… Continue reading Consistency is Key