Monday, February 20, 2012

Things move'n fast!

To get a sense of just how quickly things are moving along, here's a repeat of that long list of things we need to do and where we are in knocking this down to a dull roar. You can't imagine the amount of time, energy, and anxiety this has taken. Or maybe you can? :-)

St Denis

  • DONE - Fill out our applications for long stay visas
  • DONE - Confirm our apartment in Paris (which is looking quite nice, actually)
  • DONE - Buy health insurance
  • DONE - Buy one-way airline tickets
  • DONE - Collect our financial information
  • DONE - Sign letters saying we will not work while living in France
  • DONE - Fly to San Francisco to submit our applications in person
  • DONE - Say goodbye to my wife's daughter and my brother and sister in law
  • DONE - Buy a long term storage location
  • DONE - Close on the house
  • DONE - Manage the money so we can live overseas
  • DONE - Drive to the south coast to say goodbye to my father and younger brother
  • DONE - Move the few things we'll keep into aforementioned storage location
  • DONE - Sell or give away everything else that needs to find a new home
  • DONE - Pack and ship the few pieces of art and photographic tools we like and need
  • Land in Paris
  • Perform a walk-through of the apartment with the owners so we can all confirm it's current condition
  • Submit our request to be seen by the immigration doctors
  • Wait for our long stay visa sticker
  • Start the search for a long term apartment (something closer to what we can afford forever)
  • Receive our long stay visa sticker for our passports
  • Move to the new apartment before Bastille Day
  • Unpack (again) and settle in
  • Integrate into French culture and society
  • Live like we're actually fully retired. Finally. After 30 years of work.

I finally am beginning to feel like I'm retired. My wife and I just about weep, now, when we think about how this dream and new reality is manifesting itself.

To illustrate just how quickly things are moving, I asked a question to a mailing list I belong to. It regarded cheap cell phones and where to buy them in Paris. In minutes I had an answer with several outstanding options. After we land, it'll be easy to find a "pay as you go" inexpensive cell to carry while we're looking for our long term apartment.

Details. Details. Details. Very swiftly coming together. I'm just amazed.

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