La Poste and the mailing of the gifts
Well, it's a lean Christmas at the B household--post-docs don't pay extremely well, we had to move to another country and buy furniture and all the other stuff that entails, and I can't legally work as a band director here, so things are tighter than we'd prefer. But, we live in France and can eat Brillat-Savarin cheese every day, so life's not all bad.
Today, I headed to the post office to mail the few, small gifts I was sending back to the states. I was really careful to buy tiny, light things, and not much (and to forewarn the family not to expect big french surprises--cause there ain't gonna be any). The postal worker was very kind and helpful, and really made my job quite easy.
That is, until she gave me the total.
100 euros and 65 centimes.
But, I did get 3 pocket Saint Day calendars, and a red tea light holder with a candle in it, "comme cadeau".
I don't ever remember getting a gift from the US post office.
But then again, I never mailed 4 tiny packages and had it come to $120 either.