This is how how quickly plans can change!

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Despite the many plans we have regarding our upcoming move abroad, the other morning I woke up slightly disturbed. I had a strong sense of feeling lonely, or maybe better feeling alone in doing something.

For quite some time now my husband and I have plans to spend some time in our house in Limoux. September and October 2017 were going to be a small sabbatical for us to sort out our future in Europe. Our new future.

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Enjoying a plate of tapas and a cool glass of rose would be just perfect to contemplate our future actions…….

I even blanked out the two months in the calendar of our website. Somehow these two months have slipped away into non-existence. It started with imagining the possibility that we could get a rental enquiry for these months. What would we do then?

A niggle of doubt

This created a small sense of doubt in my mind.  I personally was determined to spend those months there and I tried to put this niggle of insecurity in the back of my mind.

Off course, we did get a rental enquiry! Not for the total two months but for October. It is a request for a year starting in October 2017.

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Looking out from the top back window over the hills around Limoux, a real asset of the house!

An American lady likes to rent our house for a full year. She will bring an Old English Shepard dog, a cat and wants to learn French. The only thing from her perspective, that could stop these plans from happening is not getting a visa.

She comes from the land of Donald trump and plans to live in the land of potential Marine Le Penn. Naturally she fears that France may refuse to grant her a visa.

Visa granted or not…

The US seems have changed its visa policy rather quick as we were told by some friends only last weekend. This is what actually happened last week!

The son of our friends had a valid visa for the US. At the airport in LA officials denied him access and detained him for 24 hours in a prison cell before they sent him back to Australia.

Apparently he overstayed his visa 4-5 years ago for a couple of days as he confused a 90 day visa with a 3 months visa. He has entered the US several times since he made the ‘offence’ but last week they bluntly refused him entry. They even denied his request to fly to UK instead.

Unfortunately he is a successful professional poker player whose primary playground is….. Las Vegas. They told him that he can’t enter the US again!

So the actual happening of our rental enquiry is dependent on the French elections and its consequences. I am not entirely sure if our future tenant’s doubts are based on true facts or her own imaginations. However after exploring the web for more news on this topic and hearing this story, I realised that she may well have a valid point.

I left me with a real sense of unease because I am starting to get a tiny, tiny bit worried about our own status in France. It feels like Europe is being on the verge of potentially not being there for much longer. At this stage it is impossible to oversee the consequences, but it feels frightening.

Anyway, the bottom line us that I may have a rental for a year if the new French president allows it.

Plans and dates for Europe

The next thing that happened was deciding on our departure dates for Europe. As you see the word dates is in plural and that’s how it is. We are all leaving on different dates. I have booked my one-way ticket and leave Australia on July 12th 2017.

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Distances seem shorter however it still takes almost 4 hours to fly from Brisbane to Darwin

Zoe, our youngest daughter is leaving the 3rd of September. She begged us to let her stay longer as she is turning 18, drinking age, and plans to celebrate it with her friends here in Australia. A valid point because she does not know anybody overseas apart from family. It is only natural that she wants to explore this new legal status with peers of her age.

My husband was unable to find work for a while during 2016 and now has a new contract since January 2017. He enjoys the work and hopes for an extension of his contract so he can hand over to the next person in a professional way.

On the one hand, this is good as he can keep an eye on Zoe who will stay longer with one of her best friends. However our Limoux sejour is in danger! He booked a ticket for Zoe on September 3rd but not for himself so that means…… Just calculate!

Fixed plans don’t exist

So to sum up our plans: the the tail end of our sabbatical in Limoux may be snapped up by an American lady, a dog and a cat. Now it seems that the month of September is up for grabs but I have decided I will still take it.

I have spent twice a period of 5 weeks or so in our house before and I enjoyed myself very much. There are without doubt many things to organise and I know a fair amount of people there.  Also I am not afraid to go to places by myself.

This time I hoped though for a relaxing time to enjoy the house and its surroundings with my husband. It seems that I have to do that again by myself.

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Grand Cafe on La Place de la Republique – one of my regular hang outs.

I am pretty good at re-inventing situations and make something out of it. At the moment I am already visualising myself in Limoux for the month of September and maybe facilitating a bit of home improvements.

I am a bit disappointed in this change of plans but…… it looks I am in the running to get a house-sit in a gorgeous village on the the Cote d’Azur.  It starts some time in October and I have to look after a beautiful large mediterranean garden. I am sure he will join me there……

Wanna find out more about our plans and follow our adventures, here is the link to do so!

See you next time!

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