We just had a week in (or rather near, being the suburbs...) of Paris, in a house exchange as it is the 2 week half-term holiday right now... A friend came over to stay from the UK for most of it, and other friends from the States who were visiting at the same time came over to see us at the same time. I had to go to the British consulate to get a 2 year visa (expletive deleted) for J since we were not honoured with UK nationality for him... What a mini-nightmare. Three trains, two underground and he just would not sit still, really acted up, and I got angry... which always makes him worse and more oppositional of course. In the consulate itself my friend looked after him, so to speak, though actually I think she was daunted by his behaviour and had no control over him - he would only listen to the male guard... I was off doing the interview and waiting for about an hour. During which time he careered about all over the place, making a lot of noise, trying to climb things, touch things, etc, and the uniformed stafff kept coming up asking for him to calm down... in the end they seemed desperate for him to go. Then another day we had a walk in the forest where he blissfully had big rocks to climb but behaved aggravatingly by deliberately doing things I asked him not to do and vice versa... then with my American friends he was just totally annoying, continually jumping up at them and trying to grab hold of them and their expensive camera, completely defying all attempts to get him to stop... meanwhile I discovered he had broken my own expensive camera by taking it out of my bag and then dropping it on the floor (not deliberately but still... broken camera is broken camera). Social life just so difficult with him. Yet he's charming and playful and quite delightful with my friends in other moments.