my program is telling me that i don't need a visa. considering that automatic tourist visas only last for 3 months and this program is 8 months, that seems a little sketch. also, a few days ago taking dog seemed like a reasonable plan. right now, not so much. on the one hand, french folks love dogs and there's not much red tape getting her in. on the other hand, long flight, probably tiny apartment, desire to do weekend trips. I really like her, but I don't think you can actually bring dogs in supermarkets and cafes, can you? Also, Cola's parents could put her up. She'd have an acre to run (vs studio apt) and three other dogs. but . . . but . . . but . . . oy, i really like having a dog.