So yesterday I moved the rest of my stuff into the new apartment, and proceeded to arrange it all perfectly! There was an awful lot of stuff provided by the landlord, but also alot of random junk left by previous tenants! I sorted through the latter and actually found a few nice bits and pieces to decorate the place with :). Today I pretty much just continued with all that, and right now I just about have everything as I want it. I do want to do more cleaning cos I’m a freak (but everythings so dusty!), but it’s definately looking very homely now!
Also, Molly came round again last night which was lovely! She was thinking of some friends she could introduce me to which is encouraging, as right now the idea of making friends with french people on my own TERRIFIES me. We had a look online too for sorting an internet and phone connection here properly. There seem to be so many hidden charges and I don’t know what to do because I can’t very well ring them up and ask them to explain because I wouldn’t understand a word! I also got my first view of the night time landscape from my balcony here, and it was stunning We watched the eiffel tower when it started all the twinkling lights on the hour! Tis very cool.
One thing I did do today was go down to the local CAF office (conveniently located at the end of my road!) to sort out the housing benefit that I should be entitled to as a young person in France. It was a tad bewildering because I went intending to ask what paperwork and things I would need to provide, but the woman was very scary and seemed very rushed. I showed her what I had already and she literally just took the application form, a photocopy of my passport and an RIB slip (the bank give you these with all you details on it to make things easier), gave me a reciept and said it would take about a month! I just hope everything there was right. Having said that, the good thing about the caf (apparently) is that even if it takes months to sort out, I still get back paid from when I first started living here, so it doesn’t really matter if it takes forever.
Au Revoir! xx