So today I’ve experienced the struggles of being in a foreign country without knowing the language. I had to apply for french health insurance and open a french bank account, its hard to do that when you don’t speak there language or the staff do not speak English very well, which is understandable. The only problem with setting up insurance and opening accounts in France is everything is a long process, they ask for certain documents in my opinion that is not necessary. Having this experience only motivates me to pick up French faster!
I’m using two apps to learn French which is Duolingo and Learn French Quickly. Youtube also helps. The best way I learn and remember is practising with someone who is French.
I’m loving the life in Paris as everything I need is on my door step. Literally like a 5 minute walk I have a market, Monoprix, Beauty stores, plenty of pharmacies Clothing stores, Shoe stores, Restaurants, Cafes, Patisserie’s literally everything I need. Travelling long distances is not needed.
Moving to a foreign country is not easy but if you stay positive all will work out well 😄
I never dreamed of living in Paris but life sends you down paths you never expect to walk. I’m a chef so my job allows me to travel to the most amazing places and one of them is Paris. What brought me to Paris you may ask? It may sound cliché but it was love, a young Parisian man brought me here. We met on a beautiful Island in Tahiti and I felt it was definitely more than a holiday romance. He works in the military and at the time I worked on a cruise ship so it had to be long distance for a while. I gave up my ship life because its honestly for the young a single if you want enjoy your time on the ship. If you would like more detail on how I met my boyfriend comment and I’ll do a blog post on it.
How I did it?
Finding a job in Paris; Craigslist or through Hospitality agency
Accomodation;Weroom, Roomlala and erasmasu
Savings; you need to save enough to support yourself for the first month until you start receiving your monthly salary.
If you are not part of the EU it will not be as simple as you would obviously need to apply for a visa and flights maybe expensive depending on how far you are. If you are an international student you may find it slightly easier. If you are planning to move there I can guarantee you’ll have an amazing time!
Advice? Learn as much of the French language as you can before you arrive.
But yes a man brought me to Paris, I’ll be working in the city in a brand new hotel so it is an exciting adventure in a beautiful city. Paris is beautiful in the day but during the night it really comes alive. There’s musicians where ever you go and shops restaurants, bars are full of life it just has an amazing atmosphere. It is definitely a city I recommend everyone to visit its full of culture and beauty and you really get to see why it is called the city of love. You can genuinely fall in love with city which is why so many Parisian’s are proud of there city and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Last year its no secret Paris went through a very tough time but I don’t believe you should let that stop you from coming. There security is better than ever they have soldiers walking around the city so you feel a lot safer.