I’m lucky to have found my wife. I would never do somewhat adventurous things like live in France for 7 months. I’d bob down the currents of least resistance, just experiencing what comes my way. I resisted this trip and she still made it happen and I’m grateful for that.
This has been a great experience. I’ve always wanted to visit Europe. In addition to living in Grenoble, we got to visit Austria, pop over to Castle Neuschwanstein, have lunch in Northern Italy, spend a week in Norway, drive through the Loire Valley and soak in some history in Normandy. It is priceless. 99% of the people we came into contact with have been friendly and helpful. I’m not sure where the French get the reputation for being snobs.
We watched the Tour de France from our apartment balcony, experience the joy and pride of the French people for their World Cup victory, had tram service disrupted due to the December protests. The French love their food, and I love it too. There aren’t 100s of McDonald’s throughout the city, but small sandwhich shops and restaurants, fresh bread and cheese, great desserts. Not every place serves the same boring brownie sundae, cheesecake, blah blah blah.
And healthcare…? I saw a specialist and paid around 80 dollars without any insurance! Even with an ultrasound! We need affordable healthcare in the US. People should be able to get healthcare regardless of wealth.
A big part of me is ready to return home. I’m not a city person and living in the middle of a city is a bit draining for me. I’m used to a house on an acre lot, not having other people living above, below and to the sides of my walls. I don’t know how the people upstairs walk, but it sounds sometimes like they jump around in clogs. This has been the biggest adjustment, not the language barrier (I still don’t speak much French).
I miss my yard, a peaceful jog through the nature conservatory near my house, all the choices at my large grocery store, my gaming PC and PS4. I want to play tennis with my friend Paul, kick a ball in the yard with Brennan and sit on out front porch with Tammy.
These may not be the best pictures, but I just wanted to share some of what we’ve done here in France, and I’m very thankful for it.