Posts Tagged ‘expat’

Mistakes I made when I moved to France

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Mistakes I made when I moved to France (4)

Are you ever hard on yourself? Maybe you made a few “mistakes” that really weren’t that big of a deal but you look back and think you should have done things differently? I think it’s only human to feel that way sometimes and look for areas of improvement. I try not to dwell too much on rewriting the past because after all, even if we made mistakes, we hopefully learned from them. If we’re being honest, my transition to living in France wasn’t a perfect one.  What mistakes did I make? (We’re not talking about language mistakes here!)

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Biggest misconceptions about expats and expat life

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Biggest misconceptions about expats and expat life

We all make assumptions about all kinds of things every single day. I guess it’s part of being human. Me personally? I assume the stores will be closed at lunch and won’t reopen on time. And that my jackass neighbor will block my garage when he parks his car at lunch. And that the mail will come around 10am. Pretty harmless stuff.

But what about when people make assumptions about you?

Have you ever had a conversation where the person you’re talking to wrongly makes some major assumptions about who you are and how you got there? Maybe something that was positive and made you smile or maybe something that kind of rubbed you the wrong way? As an expat, you may encounter some of the misconceptions I talk about below. If you live abroad, you’ve probably heard at least one, and if you’re thinking of moving abroad? You’ll want to read on so you know what people may assume about you and your life once you reach your destination…

Read on for the top misconceptions about expats I’ve heard!

Expat life: 8 Things I wish I knew before I moved to France

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Expat life- 8 Things I wish I knew before I moved to France (1)

They say that hindsight is 20/20 and that also applies to expat life. You only learn by doing and can only anticipate so much before making a major life change. Only after living in your new home for a bit can you look back and reflect. I’ve written about what I love about expat life in France and what I hate, and although I enjoy life in France most of the time, there are some things I wish I knew BEFORE I moved to France.

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When people say you’re lucky to live abroad

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else

when people say you're lucky to live abroad

Sometimes people say silly things — including me. We’re only human, after all. In 2009, when I first announced my plans to move to France and teach English leaving my stable life in NYC behind, people would often respond with some variation of, “OMG! You’re so lucky!” seemingly wanting to escape their routine for something new. I usually responded with a, “Yeahhh, thanks?” not really knowing what to say. I did know one thing though — luck had nothing to do with me ending up in France.

And here’s why. Read on!

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