Today I had to mail a letter via registered mail with a form that we received with our visas and a form that our language school gave us. So after lunch I walked to the post office since they are closed for lunch from 12-2pm, this is France. So I walked into the post office and I was surprised to see everyone sitting in nice looking chairs and there was no line anywhere, then I heard a beep and someone got up and walked up to the counter. So I needed to take a number, this was just like the DMV with no one smiling, workers standing at their windows with out customers, lots of forms, and lots of warning about what you can and can’t do. There were about 10 people in front of me so that gave me the opportunity to watch how to interact with the front counter. I know the proper greetings and how to tell someone that I’m learning French and that seems to get a much better response if I start with this, then when they ask me a question and I have to tell them I don’t speak French. The lady who helped me was very kind and made sure I affixed the forms correctly on the envelopes. So I was able to get both letters mailed and I was on my way with the receipts that I’m suppose to carry with me at all times. I now can mail a letter. Yeah!
Everyday’s an adventure – you’re making progress.
Sounds a lot ike Brazil. Just keep watching and taking your time. It really makes you slow down not move on the American Pace. Love to all we miss you guys.