Friday, November 27, 2015

Reflecting on One Year in France


I don't really have much to say one year in (technically a year and three months if you count my time here February to May). My love for the French has not really grown. I like to say living in France is like converting to Judaism, they really make you work for it, like they want to see if you're really invested in them. Well jokes on them, I'm not invested in them, more I'm just really stubborn and France will not defeat me. Good ol American persistence. 

That being said I definitely wouldn't recommend this place for everyone. Especially for Americans. The ideology here is so vastly different that it really makes it hard to grin and bear it. I don't know how such a tiny body of water (the Channel) could make people so different but being here really makes me love and appreciate Anglo culture, beliefs, ideas, everything really. I won't get too much into it because I don't want to muddy anyone's idea of France, but if you are thinking about moving here because you saw some cutesy movie set in France that made it look like paradise, or you came here on vacation for a week, know that living here and visiting here are completely different things. Nothing about living here is a vacation. In fact it's pretty damn near miserable (that's why Parisians are so grumpy). There are a few things though that make it worthwhile. Maybe at year two my thoughts will have changed. Until then this year has been a nightmare. 


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  1. Hi Hun!! I've been reading all your articles about moving to Paris, and must say it's been both entertaining and informative especially the piece on renting property there! Funnily enough as much as I love Paris (for a weekend break) I've always stuck to my anglophone guns and said I'd never leave London for the City of Lights! However as it happens, I met someone. My contract at my job is also due to end in approx 4 months and I'm very tempted to pack up and move over! I'm not big on moving in with a fella until it's family official so I'd love to ask some questions about flat sharing or renting a studio and the type of work I'd get were I to make the move over. Could you help with some advice?! ��

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    1. My advice would be don't. Especially not for some guy. Especially not for some French guy. Move here because you really want to and only if you're prepared for what it will be like. All of the Anglos usually stick to their own clique so you'll feel at home, but rarely is anyone not miserable here. I don't think you can be happy in Paris (unless you're a tourist). You have shitty pay, high taxes and demonstrations ruining every facet of your day. I'm not sure why anyone would want to give up London (except for maybe a decrease in rent). And you should definitely never move for a guy who hasn't put a ring on it. It's too risky giving up your entire like for someone that hasn't fully committed.

      I know I sound completely negative, but as you can tell I don't sugar coat life here. I don't see the point in keeping up the facade. It doesn't help people who get here and realize what a shithole it actually is 😕

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