Some Things I Wish I Had Known Before Moving My Life To Paris
A little over eight months ago I completely uprooted my life by leaving behind everything I knew in Dublin to start over from scratch in Paris. This was definitely one of the stupidest, scariest and bravest things I ever did in my life but luckily I somehow found a way of making it work. Despite the success I have had so far in this city, the beginning of my journey threw a lot of difficulties my way so today I thought I would share five of the things I wish I had known before moving to France. Let’s start.
1.) Homesickness Hits the Hardest at your Toughest Moments.
One of the hardest things about living abroad in any city, not just Paris is the fact that it means fighting your battles alone from the moment your flight lands. You no longer have your friends and family to help you through the complicated adult things like finding an apartment, repairing things when they break or just breaking through all the little struggles that life throws at you. Being the only one to pick up the pieces when things take a turn can be pretty nerve-wrecking in the beginning and its easy to have many set backs when you move abroad, especially because there are so many new things to adapt to. But what you need to remember is that its the tough experiences in life that make you stronger in the long run and you’ll soon find comfort in your newfound independence.
2.) Abandon Your High Heels
Paris is a city for walking, not only because of the beautiful sights all around it but because of the extent to which the streets are just so long and wide. When I was living back in Dublin heeled ankle boots were my best friend even in spite of the cobblestones because the city was so small. In Paris however it is actually shocking just how much walking you end up doing everyday. I’ve lost count of how many flights of stairs in the metro I have to climb in the morning and how many of the long avenues I walk up and down just to get to where I’m going. Most Parisian girls live in sneakers if not flats so unless you plan on getting ubers everywhere, it’s best to leave your high heels at home.
3.) Even Though A Lot Of People Speak English You Cannot Survive Here Without Speaking French
When you’re a tourist in Paris, it’s very easy to get by with just english alone as most people in the touristy areas will be able to help you out. While a lot of people would at least have a very basic level of english, if you can’t speak french your everyday life is going to get a lot harder. When you’re in another country you need to respect that not everyone is going to speak your language and learning the basics of french is something essential for living in Paris, especially if you do intend to work here or stay here for a long time.
4.) The Best Place To Hang Out At Night Is By the Banks Of The Seine
Instead of paying for tiny drinks in expensive bars, a really fun thing to do in Paris is to grab some snacks and some bottles from the supermarket and head down to the banks of the Seine. Spending the evening with some friends down by the river is always a lot of fun because it always feels like a party there with the amount of people around.
Also there’s something really romantic about holding a drink in your hand while looking out over the water. Especially when the boats sail by and you can see the Eiffel Tower lit up in the distance.
5.) You Don’t Need To Dress Like A Parisian To Fit In When You’re In Paris
As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris definitely has a really unique dress sense and Parisian women really know how to be chic and stylish, but just because you dress differently to them doesn’t mean that you lack a sense of style. Part of being a foreigner in a new country is bringing parts of your own culture and fashion sense to the table and getting experimental with your new environment. When I first moved here, I made such an effort to look and dress like a french girl because I was uncomfortable being a foreigner and I wanted to stand out less but whenever I embrace my own style I feel so much more at ease with myself and people are always so fascinated by the different things that I wear. It’s okay to be a little different and to dress a little differently no matter where in the world you may be.
And that’s it for today’s post. I really hope you guys enjoyed. I’ll be sharing more about living in Paris on here soon. If you have any questions or suggestions be sure to leave a comment below! Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you very soon.