I was wondering, can I still consider myself a traveler if I have remained in one place for too long? I have not gone anywhere really since last summer! (Excluding London and going home, of course!) Now that I am living in one place, I am focused on creating a life here. I miss wandering and traveling though. I never really did the backpacking thing. But, I never really needed to because my base has always been in France. I can go away for a weekend without bringing my life with me.
I think I have mentioned it earlier, but I would like to travel wildly around the world at some point. It just seems like such a hassle at the moment to consider it. I went to the prefecture yesterday, and long story short, I think renewing will be no problem. In fact, it was almost easy and pleasant talking with the lady who will be helping me. I just need to get all my paperwork together. Essentially, I am going to have one less step than I thought as my current visa is coming from Angouleme, a whole different department/ state.
I was reading a book about Florence the other night, and it just made me miss it all over again. I do not know why I feel so tied to that place. It is not like I fell for it instantly like Paris. However, my love for it did eventually creep up on me. I think I could easily see myself living there again. When is the big question though because I really want/ need to become French first.
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ANYWAY, I will begin the process next year because you can start in your 4rth year. I do not know if they would actually ever grant it to me, but I certainly hope so. It would make my life much easier! If anything, I wish France had an equivalent of the Green Card. This way I wouldn’t have to get citizenship, but I would not need to apply for a new visa every year. Fortunately, there is talk about extending visa validity for 5 years. I sooooooo hope that happens. However, until then, I am still pointing towards naturalizing one day as it just seems to make sense at the moment if I want to stay here.
Anyway, I would love to live in Italy again, but I cannot do it whilst I am in the midst of my 5 year dedication to France.
Back on topic about traveling- at one point can I not consider myself one of those people who travel if I do remain in one place for to long? I like to think of myself as one of those smugly aware that they are a traveler. However, seeing as I have not done it for some time, I can only smugly think of my self as an expatriate (I loathe that word because its so pretentious and antiquated, but it is what I am, and I am smug about it at times!) I guess it is just a matter of growing up– settling down in one place. But… I want to see other parts of the world though before really getting down and dirty into adulthood life as society sees fit.
Despite that, I am really quite content at the moment with my little shoebox. Everything has finally started to come together and find a home in my little room. I realized the other day that it is a bit hard to dance like a maniac when a good song comes on, but I guess I will just have to jump on my bed to get out any energy!