Packing is probably one of the biggest annoyances I have ever dealt with. I really don't want to over-pack because the fees associated with packing over the weight limit is no joke and NOT cheap! But I'm conflicted because I am a US size 12/14 and with all that I've heard about French women being extremely skinny, I am concerned that I won't find clothes to fit my curvy frame so I want to bring enough that fit me and look très chic. And then there's the issue of shoes.....ohhh shoes, I love all of my shoes and I wish I could take them all with me, but sadly I can not. Other teaching assistants have advised me to only take 3 pairs of shoes......yeahhhhh not sure that is feasible for a shoe fiend like me!
(Discalimer: these adorable suitcases are not mine ;-)
As with any major life change/ transition, I have been experiencing a lot of "pre-departure anxiety". This anxiety has made me very nervous about my journey, but I supposed these are all normal feelings. Recently I have been waking up in the middle of the night contemplating what awaits for me in Paris. I'm really excited about seeing Le Tour Eiffel and all of the museums but, and yes there's a but, I am not looking forward to being reminded that I've only taken a year and a half of French, when people try to converse with me and I look utterly baffled and confused. Back in January, I wrote about how badly I needed to practice my French, but nearly 8 months later, I have yet to crack open my French book. I failed so badly at keeping this promise to myself it's comical. But it's not completely my fault, I had to work full time and went to school part-time so I was way to preoccupied to practice. I'm hoping to take a refresher course at L'Alliance Francaise, and like everyone says hopefully the French that I've learned and forgotten will "all come back to me".
But nervousiness, fear and anxiety aside, in just 5 days I'll be here......