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The Waiting Game: making it through the long summer before TAPIF

April 1st, 2015: I woke up in the morning to a text from my friend Giulia: Attention aux poissons sur ton dos! I arrived at school and every child had a little paper fish on their desk that they “sneakily” tried to tape on people’s backs. In France, April Fool’s Day is Poisson d’Avril, and these fish are part of the practical joke tradition. Later, I heard about a teacher who tried to trick her kindergarteners into doing worksheets meant for 5th grade, another who spent an hour teaching his class Chinese, as a “new school initiative”, and another who announced a fake pop quiz. We decorated fish during art class!

One Month: A Countdown

So, dear readers, I have now crossed the one-month threshold. One month until I return to France. One month until I leave DC. One Month. I still have a lot of things to accomplish in the next 4 weeks. The last week of camp, including my middle schoolers’ public performance of the musical we’ve been working so hard on for the past month, Honk! jr. Helping my sister move to Chicago. Figuring out plans for my arrival in Paris. Calling AT&T to ask about options for suspending my plan. Unpacking. Repacking. Savoring DC and my friends while I can! That last task on the list is the subject of today’s post. While I count down the days until I leave, I’ve also compiled a list of all the things I want to (try) to do before leaving on a jet plane. I love DC. Despite all of its crazy problems, I really do love it. I’ve lived 5 minutes away from DC for my whole life and worked there for many summers, but I feel like …

I Got a Golden Ticket

Last night I booked my plane tickets!!!! I went back and forth many many times trying to decide where to fly into (Paris? Lyon? Geneva?), when to go (Later? Earlier?) and a million other variables, but I finally took the plunge and purchased my flight! I decided to fly to Paris, and I’ll probably spend a day or two there. As eager as I am to get to Chambéry, I could not resist the opportunity to be back in Paris again, even if only for 24 hours. I’ll probably contact my host family to let them know…it’d be lovely to see them again 🙂 So, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, I am officially embarking for France on the afternoon of September 15! 45 days!!!