Thursday 22 December, 2005


Filed under: Claire's Entries — claire @ 10:57 pm

A very welcome early Christmas present, my carte de sejour! Jim and I hadn’t ruled out another trip home for me, but it arrived in the nick of time, a visa that gives me health cover and permission to work!!! After all the difficulties we’ve had we cant believe we have it in our hot little hands. And the best part is this time there was no lining up at the Prefecture from 4am to secure a place, yes this is true, things are pretty desperate here in the North(of France) with regard to dealing with visa administration. We were assisted by the very friendly and helpful people from the Kastler Foundation.

So already I have made contact on two fronts for job possibilities, though I am limited for options due to my poor French. I still have my current casual teaching work, with it looking like that may increase next year, however it would be nice to have a proper job with a with a proper income, so think positive thoughts for me.

P.S So what can I say about the photo, I know, it looks like I’ve been caught in headlights! I have no excuse either as the photo booths here in France are very considerate and ask if you approve of the photo taken or if you like another attempt at a more appealing shot. How very French. I always take the first shot regardless as I figure if I head down the track of wanting one I’m happy with I’ll be there all day. I have worse, you should see the photos for my French drivers license.


  1. Congratulations! It’s well worth the wait!
    Tell me, what did you have to do to get a French drivers license here? is it exchangable with the australian one?

    Comment by Katia — Friday 23 December, 2005 @ 7:04 am

  2. Thanks 🙂
    It is exchangable for the australian license, however we were told, only if done in the first year of your arrival otherwise you are required to obtain the license in the traditional way. Lets hope thats wrong, and if so you need documents from vic roads giving details of your license and record of driving history. I also got a statement of my car insurance history and current rating, but i think that was for our car insurance here. All these documents need to be translated and presented with 4 passport photos, a form from the prefecture called demande de delivrance de premis de condurie(this can be downloaded), your australian license and your passport shown with your carte de sejour. I have all this stuff ready but as my carte de sejour is ‘recepisse de demande’ status
    I cant obtain the license until I have my actual carte, so who knows when that will be. But I was told I can drive with my australian license for a year.

    Merry Christamas to you Katia and your family

    Comment by Claire — Friday 23 December, 2005 @ 8:48 am


    Comment by peta — Friday 23 December, 2005 @ 10:24 am

  4. When will it be shown in Australia? Is this the family one or another one? I thought the family one had already started in America. Jim just finished watching the last series, we have, the other night. He too was glad Uchena & Joyce won, I must be the only person in the world who liked Rob & Amber. Infact I am going to admit on the internet I fancied Rob, there I said it!

    Comment by Claire — Friday 23 December, 2005 @ 10:36 am

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