26 days till I fly, and officially one month until contract starts
01.09.2007 19 °C
Argghh...suddenly it's all very real! Think I'm doing my usual trick of putting off thinking about being scared/nervous etc by keeping busy making lists of practical things that need to be done (although not actually doing them he he). Have just started a massive "Stuff to do" list, with things to get done before I leave and when I get there, including everything from people I need to see to say goodbye to, to forms I need to fill in, to 'insurance', 'bank account' etc.
The last month or so I guess my main preparation has been earning money to take out with me (hoping to take over about £1500 which is quite a lot of hours at my part-time job in a shop...). I also recieved a big pack of stuff from the British Council including some more useful information about phones etc, a 'letter for parents' (telling them I'm probably going to be really depressed for the first few months...great!), and a big book of teaching ideas. I also got back a letter from the Mayor of Perigueux with a list of places to look for accomodation and stuff which was quite exciting! My uncle and his family have been on holiday in France this month, and visited the town; said it was lovely and they think I'll be really happy there, I'm looking forward to having another town I can call 'home'.
I have invested in a laminator (well got a bargain as my brother works at WHSmiths) and a paper cutter (£2 in Bitz!), so plan to have fun scanning, printing and laminating some photos of me in school uniform, my house, my family etc to take out with me. Mum keeps coming up with lots of bright ideas of TEFL books etc....I could seriously spend a fortune, but think will just settle on a big map of the UK, some photos and lots of postcards-a couple friends have been really fab and collected a load from their travels around Britain and America :-) . Joe found me another great book (so useful having a boyfriend who works in a bookshop), "Getting the Buggers into Languages" by Amanda Burton; all about why boys don't do very well in MFL and how to tackle this problem, very very interesting.
Met up with Rachel for lunch yesterday which was nice...so happy to have someone to fly out to France with and I think its making my mum feel a lot better. Have also subscribed to a load of other blogs of language assistants, and keeping in touch with people going to Perigueux and arround via Facebook.
Have signed up to Skype so I can stay in touch with people from home when I'm out there...thinking about finding best deal on mobiles/landlines/internet makes my mind spin!
Going to cut down my hours at work now (to almost nothing hopefully), off to Brussels on Monday for 4 nights which will be fun and then when I come back I am going to try and tackle some of the stuff on this to-do list and spend some quality time with Joe, friends and family hopefully. Oh, talking of which, my parents are planning on coming out for their first visit in October half-term, and hopefully Joe will around then too.