C’est Moi, Sara Louise

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I moved to
A tiny village in Provence.

Le Petit Village Church

Le Petit Village Church

Before that I lived in
Dublin, Ireland. But before that I lived in Texas.

The reason for moving here was
I met a French boy in a nightclub in Dublin. We fell in love and I followed him back to France and harassed him until he agreed to marry me (joking… sort of)

If I were to describe my current city in one word, that would be

The first thing a new expat needs to know when moving here is
Baguettes are a really big deal.

The language issue (Do you speak the language? How long it took you learn it?)
I do speak the language (it’s not always pretty, but I speak it). I’m not going to say how long it took me to learn because as far as I’m concerned, I’m still learning.

Since I moved here I stopped
Stressing so much about things that are out of my control.

My front door

My front door

Since I moved here the new thing I started doing is
Drinking Rosé.

My biggest lesson learnt was
To say yes whenever possible (or in my case, ‘oui’).

Some weird habits at the locals
Men carry handbags.

My biggest cultural shock was
Businesses closing at lunch time.

My funniest / weirdest / scariest experience was
Being given a sac of wild, local mushrooms and having them turn my fridge into a maggot condo.

What I miss the most from home is

Whenever I get home sick, what I miss is

I go home as often as
About once a year

I keep in contact with my friends and family
Skype, phone and Facebook

My favorite dish/local food is
Fondue, Raclette and Rosé.

Cheese and Wine

Cheese and Wine

My favorite places in town are
Little cafes with outdoor tables in the sunshine.

I get around the city by

Street fashion?
Pouty lips and man-bags.

My view on people:
People are wonderful! Try to speak the language, smile and don’t forget to say, bonjour!

In 5 years, I see myself living in
Back in France!

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After ten years living life as an American expat in Europe, I've returned to the States with my French husband and dog in tow and write about my adventures & misadventures as I bid adieu to the Gypsy lifestyle while trying to set down roots and navigate my new life as an ex-expat back 'home' again. Sara's Blog

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