passport on the way

First thing this morning, I went to the post office to get my passport in the mail to the Embassy in Paris to be renewed. Time is of the essence, since I’m really hoping it can be back in 3 weeks so I don’t have to cancel our trip to Germany the beginning of April.

I had all my paperwork and pictures ready to go. I knew that the Embassy wanted it sent via Chronopost…. which is France’s overnight mailing system. And I knew I was to include a self-addressed Chronopost envelope for the return.

I was so proud of myself for getting this done. Then on my way back to my car I realized: I’d left my French ID card (which shows I have permission to live here) inside my passport. Which was inside that envelope. Which was destined for Paris.

I rushed back in and explained it all to the postal clerk. She opened up the envelope, took out the Carte de Sejour, and sealed the envelope back up. No problem. You’d never get a postal clerk in the US to open up an envelope you’d just mailed.

Now it just has to get there… then get back.

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