I was happily along my plan to a better simpler life when !pow! I lost my job a week ago.
So now I NEED to get badass and frugal to a whole new level real quick 'cause I'm gonna have to rely on 1200 euros per month from now on.
This is why I joined the forum, to get very very concrete advice right from the best bunch.
I could just read and leech info, but it is more polite to say hi... and I will share on subjects if I have anything useful to add ;)
So I'm not the Architect from the Matrix, nope, sorry to disappoint...
I'm 28, Canadian-American (but haven't spent more that 6 months combined in the USA since my birth, unfortunately) living in France since '06.
Mother of one, step-mother of one, so I have truly made my nest here in La Rochelle (France, west coast style!).
Sounds fun, eh? It is ! We are dirt poor in a very bad economy, but this is a nice place to be just that.
I am an architect, got the papers to proove it and all, got my B.Sc at ULaval, Québec, my Masters in Nantes, France. Have been working in architectural practices for 5 years.
My husband used to be an accountant/external auditor but now owns and works in a restaurant.
We love reading and commenting science magasines, reading in general, history, and politics. Politics are funny/depressing here in France, and is the topic of 50% of intelligent TV shows here (non-intelligent is reality TV, games and stale TV series from the States of course!) so we have endless entertainment right there.
I must say we are the sedentary type, more enclined to eat and drink with friends and take a short walk on the shore, than paddle on the beautiful ocean we have here. This should change because I would love to be a hardcore outdoors girl.
We love our almost 2-year old daugter, love-hate our 15 year old adolescent boy who wants nothing but money from us (it's a phase... he is a good boy somewhere inside that teenager's body of course), and we have a cat, who is just a cat, you know, completely indifferent to us and nowhere near Youtube standards for funny/cute cats.
Voilà! any French expats here ? or expats IN France? Someone who would like advice on travelling ?
anything goes to break the ice !
Cordialement, Emily ze french architecte