I apologize for the very long break from the blog. It was an amazing summer — my second spent working in the spectacular beauty of Switzerland (here’s one of my favorite images from that time). I kept a journal, but didn’t have Parisian reflections to share with you. But I am back in my beloved city and regular programming will resume 🙂
On my travels I was stupid to lose my wallet, which contained things that were by and large replaceable, but which contained my French identity card, which allows me to travel passport-free inside the Schengen area. For those who face the calamity of losing a wallet, in addition to shutting down all your cards and getting new ones — you need to go to the main Police station of the arrondissement you live in — ideally this address should match the one on file with OFII. I have said this before but do everything you can to maintain a consistent address throughout the immigration process — you’ll be surprised that many gardiennes are willing to keep your mail for you even after you’ve moved out — if, of course, you maintained a positive relationship with him/her (who am I kidding, there’s no such thing as a male gardienne in Paris!).
Once you’ve identified which station is yours, bring your passport and/or another form of ID (remember the rule of always overwhelming the French with documentation, thereby removing their ability to intimidate you). If you show up around 15h00 on a Friday (as I did last week), the whole process should take about 5 minutes. You will need to clarify whether you lost it or it was stolen. If it’s the latter, be prepared for a lot more in terms of questions (where did you lose it, what else did you lose, etc?).
You will then obtain a “récépissé de déclaration” which will allow you to apply for a new identity card. Since I’m only 2 months away from renewal I’m not going to drop the 100 some euros to get a replacement but will simply wait to get a new one when I get my new visa.
What would you like me to write about this next year? #YearThree in Paris begins December 11th. I have so much to share with you but am also happy to write about your thoughts/questions/concerns.
Featured photo comes from Daxis on Flickr. Labeled for reuse.
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