Friday, December 8, 2006

Note to Self

Put the apron on,

then start cooking.


Julia said...

I'm confused. How does one just move to France without jobs? Perhaps one is independently wealthy? Avec beaucoup d'argent, non?

Do you live in an apartment? Do you have a car? Are the people really skinnier? Can you walk everywhere?

Do you regret a single second?

Swimming with frogs said...

See, that's a good question! We wish we were independently wealthy. (who doesn't?) There are so many countries we want to live in! We looked into the costs, figured out a budget and saved our money. And, it's only for ten months. And after ten months we'll need a job ASAP.

You probably know this, but it's very hard for Americans to get a job in Europe b/c of the high unemployment among the citizens. It's usually only with an American company (or you have "special skills"). In fact to get our 'carte de sejour' (long term visa), you have to sign a statement that says you will not work for money while in France.

We live in an apartment, we don't have a car, they're not all skinnier, we can walk pretty much everywhere (Mr. French's pants are loose!) (plus the train station is one block away) and

I really don't regret a single second. My husband especially, though, (since this is really his brainchild) feels completely satisfied in the decision. We've always wanted our kids to think they could go anywhere in the world. We hope this is a good step.

And warning to all our relatives: (Mr. French really really really really wants a job in a French speaking country!)

Mr. French said...

Mais non! Nous n'avons plus d'argent que vous.


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