Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Art of Lying

I was strolling the lovely streets of Paris today with Opal in the hopes of accomplishing some key tasks such as purchasing a sim card for my cellphone, checking out the apartment listings at the American Church and figuring out the logistics of opening a bank account and I managed to accomplish two of those items. Kudos to me. However, the third item proved to be a little more problematic. You see, the woman behind the counter at the bank asked me the relatively harmless question "how long I planned to stay in Paris" and without a second thought I told her that I would be in Paris for 8 months. To my surprise she told me that it was impossible for me to open an account at that bank because they don't open accounts for such a short period of time.

From my experience with the bank I've learned that if I'm going to survive in France I'm going to have to become a conniving deceitful liar unfortunately. So tomorrow I will try again and when asked how long I plan to be in Paris I will say "well I have a year long work contract that is renewable each year so for the time being I plan to be here indefinitely." Let's see how that works.

8 comments:

dw said...

Ah how quickly you are succumbing to the French ways of life. :)

eriquita0115 said...

try going to the BNP to open an account. i just went there yesterday here in Chalon to open one and they were nice to me!! bonne chance avec tes demarches!

Mills said...

who needs a bank account? its all about cash money...no taxes ;-)

what is your bloody number...you dont respond to my text msgs, l'etrangere...

xoxox je t'embrasse

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

Millsy homegirl needs a bank account to get paid.

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

eriquita0115 thanks for the tip I will try BNP tomorrow. I didn't try again today because I wasn't ready to have my spirit shot down again so soon :)

French for a While said...

Have fun with the bank. I've just moved to the South of France with a family and it took three weeks -- and we've only been here a month! Like you, we packed our bags, moved to France, and am writing about it on blogspot. Fun.

Anonymous said...

hey...what about banque populaire? Thats where I went to get my acct 4 yrs ago when I was an assistant..If I remember correctly I may have worked the whole 'Id like to stay in France asap'angle:) I know it will all work out for you. Keep positive..you will do it:)

Destination Metz said...

I went with banque populaire too and they didn't seem to mind how long I would be around for, you can also get the personal liability insurance with them too.

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