We have new neighbors - moving in, moving on, and staying put (hopefully!) - the life of an expat
|One of the many moving vans that I've seen. An "easy" move to the first floor.|
Even though the Parisians have vacated the city for the month of August, there have been quite a few arrivals of another sort. Expats, like the ones who just moved in below us! Moving vans clog the city's streets, while the lifts that are precariously attached to the outside of apartment buildings are loaded with furniture, books, boxes of clothes and everything else that a family needs to make a Parisian apartment feel like home.
Since we moved into our apartment on February 26 and the first post for this blog was on April 1, I thought that I would hit the rewind button and tell you a little bit about how we ended up here.
If you've ever read the section, "About Me", you'll have noticed that we've lived in quite a few different countries. That's because Stephane is a career expatriate, so if his company says that they want him to work in country X, we pack up our belongings and go. Usually we're happy but sometimes we're not, like when we were transferred from Switzerland to Paris. That's right! I really didn't want to move here, but that's a long story for another day. What's important is that we're here and that I'm obviously (at least I hope that it's obvious!) enjoying myself. Nonetheless, we know that we're here for a limited time, probably 3-5 years, which is the same amount of time that our new expat neighbors expect to be here. But just to make things a bit more interesting during this week when I've been seeing plenty of moving vans, Stephane had a meeting with his boss to discuss our future mobility. Even though it's a standard procedure, it made me realize that I've still got a lot to see and do in Paris. Time to get going!
Are you new in town? Posted in Paris has lots of helpful tips for expats, including information about schools, tv and internet, safety and security, understanding the French way of life, and connecting with other people. It's well worth a browse and a bookmark. And don't forget to sign up for the popular orientation program, Bloom Where You're Planted, at the American Church in Paris on October 1.
Update: Thanks to Maureen for posting information in the comment section about MESSAGE, "A full parenting resource for English-speaking families living in France". It looks like just the kind of non-profit making organization that I would have wanted to know about when my children were young. Check out their link section. It's excellent!
|And yet another moving van and a lift. This time to the fifth floor.|