September 3, 2014
Happy Wednesday! I wanted to write a quick post to give an update about the status with my visa, and the challenges that come with living in a foreign country.
Living in France has many perks, I really love it, but sometimes they are overshadowed by the burden of being an immigrant. For the past two years James and I have had our ups and downs with the French government, and trying to apply for a working visa. After waiting six months for a response to my application, much to our horror I was kicked out of the country in May. I then flew back to Toronto asap and returned to France a week later, as a tourist. This was the worst timing ever, as it was only one month before our wedding. Crunch time! So for the past three months I was staying in France, and just came back to Toronto now to apply for a spousal visa.
I went to the French consulate in Toronto last Thursday to apply and was told it can take up to two weeks to process my application. I changed my return flight home to September 21 and was prepared to wait. Based on our experience with the French government, you never know how long the process can take and you don't know what the results will be. So after my appointment I was very nervous and stressed.
Then much to our excitement yesterday, I received an email from the consulate saying my application was approved!!!
This was the biggest relief ever. To be able to live and work in France and continue our life there is such a weight off my shoulders. Now I can enjoy the rest of my time in Toronto, and can't wait to return (legally) to my husband and new home country.
Merci beaucoup France!
September 2, 2014
Now that I live in France and Toronto is no longer my home, whenever I return for a visit I love to explore with new eyes. It's funny how when you live in a city for so long you sort of miss the details and can go about your days not appreciating the amazing views a city like Toronto has. So far I have been spending my days wandering around and discovering new places, and returning to old favourites like the Toronto Islands and Riverdale Farm.
I love Toronto for it's diverse restaurants, so I have indulged daily on everything from dim sum to Mexican, so good! On Saturday I tried this great new bar called Rush Lane on Queen St. W which just opened six weeks ago. Their cocktails are amazing and I loved their home cooked pretzels with smoked butter. Cool and trendy bars are definitely something I miss about not living here.
Unfortunately I am having some unexpected troubles with applying for my spousal visa for France, so instead of leaving today I have to return on September 21. It's super frustrating not knowing whether or not I will be allowed back in, but I guess on the bright side it means I can see my family and friends more in Toronto. I already have some more fun things planned while I am here like, exploring lavender fields, going to a friend's cottage, going to my friend's birthday party, seeing a movie at the Toronto film festival, and I am sure eating a lot more delicious food.
Stay tuned for many more of my Toronto adventures.
August 28, 2014
I haven't had wifi for most days which actually feels nice to be disconnected, but means I haven't been able to blog. So I will post all my photos when I return to Cannes next week.
The weather has been very hot and humid which has been rare for this summer, so I have been spending every day outside. I've gone to Centre Island (the small island off of Toronto) on Tuesday, and yesterday we went to my favourite childhood spot, Riverdale Farm. I went to a couple dinners with friends, and it was so great to see them and reminisce about my wedding and talk about when they are coming back to France (hopefully soon!).
Today I have an appointment at the French consulate to apply for my spousal visa, so I can legally live and work there. I feel stressed out about it because of my past experiences with the French goverment. But I think now because James and I are married, it should be a much easier process. So please send your good vibes my way for today and I will let you know how it all works out.
Enjoy the last week of Summer!
August 25, 2014
photos: David Guenther.
venue: Villa Cambaras. my dress: vintage from Bungalow. shoes: Anthropologie. headpiece: Twigs & Honey. James outfit: Massimo Dutti and Danyberd. food: Jérôme Ravel. hair & makeup: Emily Novitzki and Manon Sassi. music:Brightlights. invitations: Smitten on Paper. wedding favour print: SS Print Shop. Our rings: Cynthia Findlay Antiques. Furniture: Dierickx Events. Tent: Organic Concept.