I used to work at a retirement home as a teenager and the elderly residents would always tell me how it felt like just yesterday that they were my age. I’d just smile and nod not really understanding what they meant. Now at 29, I feel like time really does fly. My perspective has shifted on how I view work and living in France surely had something to do with it. Being here has opened my eyes to how Europeans view a work-life balance. Not only do they work smarter, but they have enough vacation time to make the average American green with envy.
Have you ever wanted to share some very special pictures with the world on a large scale? It was never a goal of ours to be featured in one of the world’s top wedding magazines, but I’m happy to say that our wedding story appeared in the summer issue of Marie Claire Mariages, an international bridal magazine. And it wasn’t just a little blurb. There were four pages!
Why are McDonald’s restaurants in France better?
If you move to France and aren’t great at French, the French language will be one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face — especially if you live in an area where people don’t know English. If your skills are a little rusty or non-existent, you’ll go from frustrated, to lost, to confused, to homesick and back again just about all the time. But don’t fret! You’ll get better. I’m living proof. When I first came to France to live in 2009, my French was at an intermediate level from taking it in high school and at the Alliance Francaise and I thought I was OK. I got a major wake-up call when I arrived and realized spoken French in real life is way harder than I thought. I’ve made major improvements since then, but I still have instances when I don’t understand.
So what do I do when I get myself in a pickle?