Progress and a Lack of...

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Progress
Can't say Ive made much. I have drunken a few beers and watched a few movies though. As I write this I am on my second beer.

Job Wise

No I don't have a job yet. Please stop asking me everybody it's starting to depress me! Also, please stop asking me when I am coming home. It depends on the whether I find a job or not. If I find a job, probably work for 4 months or so. No job, expect me home by Christmas! I admit I did try the job application approach of going for a beer in a couple of bars. But, gave up.... I don't think I can work in an English speaking bar in Paris. They all seem to be party style bars. I don't think I'm outgoing enough to put on a Super overly happy attitude to every customer. I would prefer it just to be, you want a beer?.....heres your beer. What would Robert Deniro work as?
Eating
Living away from home. The biggest issue has been cooking. I thought I could cook somewhat before I left. I can... sort of.. I can cook pasta and cook a mean steak. Hence, I alternate each night between Spaghetti and a steak sandwich!. To mix it up a bit. I change the pasta sauce. Some nights I have bolegnase, some nights i have Napolatana! To mix it up on Sandwich night, I alternate between Steak and chicken! I used to have a third option of Pizza. But, the pizza's you buy and chuck in the oven taste awful after you have had them for a while.... I try to eat out at least once a week. But it is expensive. A pizza cost me about 30 bucks! Thai cost me the same! So if anyone wants to send me recipes. Bear in mind that I have a lot of trouble working out trying to find ingredients in French. It took me a while to work out that I was buying Turkey instead of Chicken. I thought i was getting a good deal buying that type of chicken!
Car (The Kafer, Coccinelle, whatever you want to call it)
If I said that I spent an entire week of awake time researching the German and French laws about importing and exporting of cars I would be under-exaggerating. I decided that before I was to work I was going to head to Germany and take my time finding an old beetle and then bring it back to France where I would keep it and drive it on weekends and eventually all round Europe and such.
I even had a ticket booked for Frankfurt (Germany). However in the final hours before I was to leave I decided I should actually check and see how much it would cost to insure myself in France. After a decent number of calls to French insurance companies where I was hanged up on, laughed at and then told it couldn't be done I canceled my ticket, and told Oliver from Frankfurt that i wasn't coming. Here is the general process which I found out from reading many forums, translating bit by bit from websites.
The German Side
Buy a ticket to Germany ($200)
Find a car and get TUV and AU done /rego and pollution checks - ($200)
Get the hopefully English speaking
German to go with you to their RTA type place and transfer the car over.
Go to a local insurance company and get insurance ($300 a month for non residents)
Go back to the RTA place and get Export Plates ($100)
That was the easy part – Now comes
the crazy French side

The French Side
Drive the car back to Paris (Ram your car into the spot – touch parking)
You now have 1 month to register yourcar.
France does not acknowledge any other countries rego. Redo Rego and Pollution - ($200) Go to their RTA fill out a dozen forms (in French) – pay another ($150) wait several weeks (doesn't work with the 1 month to register your car)
Go to a place to get your plates made! (Yes you have to do everything yourself!!)
Get their insurance (need to have a 1 year International driving license from the time you insurance your car) – Fail – done. The international driving license only lasts 1 year from the time you buy it in Australia. Only other option – French driving license – Which can only be done through a French driving school. NO THANKS.

It is likely that I could get insurance without a French driving license. But, i've been told it could cost upto 1000 euros for 6 months ($2000). On top of this if you want to cancel the insurance if France you have to sent a hand written letter in French to the insurance company and give 2 months notice! I will never ever complain about the Australian insurance companies again! Or the RTA.
I was prepared to just rent a car. Then, the day I canceled my train ticket and was walking done the street I saw it! A beetle drove past! It was like destiny! Then, that day I saw another one. I can't rent a car I thought! Renting a car is Gay! (Not that there is anything wrong with that)
Sure it's probably sensible to rent a car. For about $1500 you get a new car, fully service. You get insurance. You get break down service. But it just wouldn't have the same feeling as an old Kafer (Beetle). Kids don't wave and play punch buggy when they see a rental car!So here is my plan, I have realised that its possible to get upto a year on Geman export plates. So I plan to once I have worked in Paris for a few months or so. Head to Germany, buy a car on export plates for a few months and drive around. Would end up cheaper then renting over a couple of months. The only problem is selling it again, which may be hard to sell the car. In the end I might sell it and make back some of my money or give it the first person who says cool car.
Overall

I just bought a tennis racket from some bloke in Italy. So once it arrives I can hit balls against a wall! I have found a big old cinema scene in Paris. Where all these cinemas play classic movies like the Magnificent Seven, Raging Bull, etc.

Over the next couple of weeks I intend to somehow find a job. Maybe try and go to sleep before 3am and wake up before 1pm. Might help...
Over the next weekend I somehow got roped into going to some music festival in St Malo.  Apparently, if I wash dishes or pick up glasses for a day I get free accommodation and
alcohol. I hope there is free alchohol as otherwise I am going to be very bored listing to French bands all weekend!

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