Settling into Grenoble
So its been almost three weeks in Grenoble and I still dont have my Carte de Sejour (my Residence Permit). ... it goes without saying that France has to be the most bureaucratic country I have visited so far. Germany is like the Streamline-Express compared to this place.
I mean with EU integration, I am still not clear why I needed one in the first place... .I had a student visa when I entered Germany and I even didnt need a visa when I entered Germany as an Australian. But seems Australians need one when they get to France.... I guess the rules are not uniform... or scewed !
Anyway, after collecting a whole heap of documents, Health Insurance, repatriations Insurance, Civil Liability Insurance, Birth Certificates, Passport, Visa, Bank Statements, even a Letter of Motivation.... I am living in France, have a temporary residence permit, registered at the school, have free car parking at the school, a private swimming pool, and a Landlady that washes my clothes !! Not bad Eh ?? (sorry the Eh is a Canadian influence.... I just cant shake it !!)
I didn't manage to find a place in the centre of town, its actually a 10 minute drive by car, but its still relatively close.... if you dont yet have my address, do make sure to get in touch with me.
Grenoble is a student village.... lots of bars and the centre of town is amazing to sit out doors and have a drink or two... The in thing seems to be the weekend hiking.... but who can walk for 5 hours in the hot sun for fun ?? Hangin' out for the Winter.... skiing seems to be the talk of the School... and there are no shortage of mountains in the area...
Still cant manage to get photos on my Blog... but here is a link to my yahoo album: