Hi everyone! So I’ve been on another hiatus from writing (obviously). Not due to a lack of content per say, but more to do with the mountains of paperwork and stress. The French are sure not lacking in the paperwork department, nor are they in the contradicting information department either. My new life in France has taken somewhat of a learning curve to say the least.
Real Life in France
huge massive difference between being a student in France, and being a working individual in France is the paperwork. La vie Française = paperwork. I’m not talking about printing out instructions to file something via the internet, I’m talking needing 3 copies of every single paper per application filed. It’s been a minefield, and that’s not to mention the fact that I feel lost in translation for a good bit of it.
The Expat Reality
Being a non-EU passport bearing expat, life is not all butterflies and sugarplums. As a US Citizen, I’ve had to jump through hoops and cross barriers I once never thought I would ever have to, & all of this in a language that is not my native tongue no less. It’s been 3 weeks since I arrived, & already I’ve had to smile and nod my head through situations that I would normally have no trouble with back home. Because I am not a native, a lot of the French administration process has been drawn out and frustrating. Luckily for me, my boyfriend has been by my side to aid me through the process.
Onward & Upward
Most of my life here is still super up in the air (thank you French school system). I’m hoping to iron out most of the kinks and get some structure in my day-to-day in the upcoming weeks. With that, I also hope to bring structure back to my writing and posting. So please, bear with me as I shuffle around my new life. I hope everyone is having a great start to their October, & I can’t wait to start sharing all the details of my new and crazy life!