Crazy to believe the it has been almost a year since I wrote Part 1 to this study abroad/host family experience. It’s also incredible to realize that it’s been over three years since my study abroad experience, which I believe really shaped my passion for living in France.
Alors… perhaps you’ve been thinking about traveling to France. Whether it’s for leisure or work, nevertheless you’re excited to be soon arriving in and living out your fantasy of la vie française. From the tempting smells of fresh baguettes to the easygoing, laissez faire lifestyle, you’re envisioning just how wonderful your time will be abroad, and of course, you’re counting the days until you’re off!
With less than two months until the start of your work contract teaching in France, it’s no doubt that you’re counting down the days until you touch down on French soil. You’re gearing up for the next six to seven months abroad, as you can almost taste the excitement of living in the land of your high-school French class dreams. There’s so much anticipation: you’ve probably started envisioning just how it’ll be, let alone created a blog to document your soon-to-be amazing and crazy adventures (don’t deny it– I’m the same as you!).
It’s been a long while since I’ve made a “TAPIF/living abroad” kind of post. I was actually a bit hesitant to do so, considering that for many of us, we’ve already been settled in France for several months now, some of us even leaving within the next month or so to return home!
Having lived in France for almost two years (with the exception of going home in the summer due to VISA restrictions), I have had my fair share of living in and experiencing housing in the country. From my first year as an assistante in a small town to my (current) second year as an assistante again in another small town in Normandy, I would like to share my personal experiences living in these places.