In the French system...
I've been in France for little over a month... and "le man" has got me. 27 years in Mexico and I only got as far as a credit card. Now I'm in french social security, have a checking account and card, and waiting for a resident permit and government aid. Wow. Now, I have to tell you, I live in a third world country (people now call them developing economies... you can tell they either don't live there, or don't read our papers) with a maybe fifth world administration. I move to France, supposedly representing the best of the 1st world, and I can't even get a printed bank statement from my local branch. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side, huh? The french just looooove paperwork. Getting the resident permit has been a pain, but I'm on my way. I don't even want to imagine the mess when I notify everybody of my change of address in a couple of months !
I've found a few nice options to move to, I just have to analize my options, go look at them and all, but I'm pretty sure it's not going to be much of a problem. I hope I can get a place with internet. I brought my webcam and it's still in its case ! By now I'm sure I won't spend my nights chatting with my mexican friends, but at the very least I'll be able to keep more in touch. And now, another weekend starts. No plans yet, maybe go have dinner with my friends, if I can get a ride back home, and for the rest of the weekend, I have a duel pending with my financial calculator. Fun.. yeah... I know.
Well my friends, more to come... read ya later!