Posts Tagged ‘money’

Today started off really productive. Despite being the first weekday of the Toussaint holidays and the fact I was out last night, I was up and out by 11am. Finished my essay, filled out my erasmus forms and sent them all off. I received a knock on the door at about 2pm inviting me to Place Carnot for a coffee with some others and whilst we were sat a man strolled over and asked “Do you speak English?” We replied “yes” waiting for him to perhaps ask us a question, instead he said “You are bastards!” and strolled off again glaring at us over his shoulder.  If anyone has any ideas on why we may be bastards for being English in France then feel free to let me know!

This week I’m feeling a little bit more at home in my French surroundings. I’m feeling lucky to be able to stroll down to the bakery to get a fresh baguette or to nip into Marché plus for a bottle of €2 wine and some yummy cheese. It leads me to believe that it is when I’m put into situations where I feel under pressure or judged that I feel weak and that I need to leave the country asap.

On another note we get paid sometime soon. It may well be the most financially stable I’ve been in a long time. No overdraft in my French or English account, minimal money needed to pay rent, thanks to the amazing CAF. I’m looking forward to seeing the nice numbers on my online banking!


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I have a back up plan for everything… well so I thought until this evening. When I leave university I have a back up plan if the language sector suddenly dies out or something like that. I have a back up plan when it comes to organising a day out. I’m full of back up plans!

Sadly I did not have a back up plan when I finally got my pin through in the post and immediately rushed out to put ALL my money into my account. I never realised that it may take days to go through the system and now I’m left with a huge worry that I will be living off the few cents I have in my purse until it does go through… which is a pain because my rent is meant to go out of my account tomorrow too.

Thus panic ensues. What will I do if she demands money? What will I do if I go overdrawn and they charge me stupid amounts of money? What if my money is actually lost in the system? Of course none of the above will actually happen but irrational is my middle name somedays.

With the help of my mum and dad I now have a back up plan. A complete plan of action that I will put into action tomorrow morning. Panic over. Moral of this blog entry? Always have a back up plan!!!

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