Today is All Saints Day (la Toussaint) in France…..a legal holiday to celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones and tend to their graves. Turns out that we have honorees in the front yard….. two dogs. We’ll take more care around the agapanthus now.
Craig and I tried to start the boat today…..no luck…..so Craig walked it under the bridge from the Canal de Jonction to the Canal du Midi. At least it’s where it needs to be when the VNF (Voies Navigables de France) starts to their work…..they’ll dam the bridge, close the lock and drain this part of the canal soon.
Since today is a national holiday, Jean-Michel wasn’t able to contact the OFII office in our behalf. I did some research on what to expect when we finally have our appointments. First up is a chest x-ray to determine if we have tuberculosis. The x-ray is done shirtless……not a big deal for men, but most women have a modesty issue that isn’t resolved by the paper coverings we use in the US. Next is a blood test to see if you have AIDS/HIV. This is followed by a brief visit with a doctor who checks your blood pressure, weight and eyesight (with glasses). If all is good, you move on to a language test. Craig and I have no hope of passing this, so we’ll be mandated to take 400 hours of French language training. This will all be paid for by the 340 euro fee we’ll both need to pay to extend our visa (students are only charged 55 euros while foreign workers are charged 300 euros….guess they think “visiteurs” can afford the higher fee.
With this in mind, we started fervently listening to our French language CD’s again.