I recently received a letter from someone whose life long dream is to live in France. I didn't know how to respond since all the the voices in my head screamed at her at once, "NOOoooooooo."
If you wish to make the transatlantic jump to the land of Ohh la la, best be prepared.
First and foremost, France is a country of RULES... rules that seem to change and stay the same. France, and her people, have a long history, and no matter how hard you try, you CAN'T/WON'T change a system that has more than a million years of tradition.
I understand about living the dream, however, as with any dream, comes the reality!
Second, where will you live?
Paris?? too expensive. In the country?? -- be prepared to become a shut in.
Living in France, you become a realist, therefore think LONG and HARD before jumping ship.
When I first arrived, I had stars in my eyes and thought everything would be hunky-dory with my AmeriCAN do attitude, sadly, this is not the case. Unless you have millions of euros, be prepared to suffer. Suffer in a sense of experiencing things you never have before, things that seem like common sense to me and you, suddenly become complicated, and suffer in the attempt to speak the language WELL enough to be taken seriously, and also be discriminated against just because you are a foreigner.
Third, where will you live or renting a place? Your best bet is to find an American company that specializes in housing for foreigners, it's easier that way.
Perhaps I sound like a Negative Nelly, that is not my intention, because
France is sublime, however, I want you to know what you are getting into, so I will NOT sugarcoat or lie to you. It's not my MO.
Life is hard in France, and it takes a certain type of person to run, walk, crawl, beg and be carried through this country. For all the headaches and heartache France has given me, she has blessed me with the ability to endure. For that alone, I am eternally grateful.
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...