After permanently moving to France after a month, reality has really set in. Luckily, I have been to Lyon 5 times in the past year, so it already feels like home. When I made the final decision to finally move, I did so with one intention. To not be on my death-bed and say, “I wish I would have done that.” I have no regrets. The culture, the language, the mode de vie is who I am and therefore I am where I need to be.
I miss many things of the US, most importantly my 2 dogs and my closest friends. This is what is hardest on a daily basis. I miss the conveniences of the US: 24 hour grocery stores, stores like Target where I can get anything I need, speaking English, driving my Mini Cooper convertible.
Life in France presents its challenges just as any country. No country is perfect. The paperwork for a foreigner to live in France would require another blog so one has to really, really want to be here in order to make it happen. Luckily, I am beyond blessed because I have a French support system that without them, I would not be here. Whether it is from helping me set up my cell phone account, finding hangers in a store for my clothes, getting a subway monthly card, dealing with the delivery guy, getting me to a job interview, listening to me when I’m homesick, explaining the 50 expressions that come my way daily, correcting my accent because I ask that they do so. I would NOT be here without them, nor would I probably have made it this far. They are very protective of me and this is really hard to find in France right off.
I spend my days exploring, reflecting, reading, listening, and appreciating. Hoping that along this journey, I will make a few friends and have some people to hang out with, this will come in time. Otherwise, I absolutely love the country I live in. I am happy. I am nervous but I am truly happy. This was suppose to happen no other way. Not earlier in life nor later. It happened the way the Universe wanted it to happen and I’m loving and appreciating every moment of it.
My name is Erich and this is my life in France.