15.09.2007 18 °C
10 days left in the UK. Been busy this week trying to get all the boring, time-consuming preparation stuff done so I have plenty of time in the next week to meet up with people, Joe etc.
So, I started the week by ordering a French pay-as-you-go Orange sim from 0044.co.uk...not sure yet what is going to be the best way for me to call people/people to call me, but at least I'm covered now with a French number to give to school/bank etc and can sort myself out with cheapest option when I get there.
Booked a train ticket from Bordeaux to Perigueux.
Found out that even though I'd paid extra to take 2 pieces of checked-in luggage to France I'm still only allowed a maximum of 20kg, arrrgggghhhhhhh!
Looked into getting a 'carte 12-25' (discount train travel youth card) and an ISIC card.
Heard from people who are also just about to leave for Perigueux/Bordeaux academie through various email lists that are going around.
Collected together a load of cards, leaflets etc to take out for teaching, and looked at some websites/books etc to do with teaching. Think I'm going to keep a journal of teaching ideas etc. www.academie-bordeaux.fr/ia24/langues24.htm is really great!
Sorted out insurance with Endsleigh.
Translated birth certificate/guarantor letter for flat.
Opened a Nationwide current account - no fee for overseas transactions, woo! (although had to get up very early on a Saturday and stand in a massive queue at 9 o clock to get this sorted, grrr).
Went shopping with mum and she bought me some new smart clothes for teaching.
Started a list of other stuff to pack.
And, unrelated, had my first driving lesson and an evening out with yummy tapas and the best cocktail ever (cherrystone) with friends from home before they go back to Uni!