This is a question Mike and I hear almost daily. The only question we hear more often is: Why did you move to
Let me start with Why did we move to
When Alex moved to
Why did Mike have this bizarre idea?
First, it is simply too easy to spend your entire life doing the same thing every day: live in the same house, go to the same job, see the same people, eat the same foods, etc. He did not want to wake up in 10 years with all things being the same expect for one – the children would be off to college by then!
Second, we were very disenchanted with many of the residents of our neighborhood. Crappy neighbors are the worst!
So decided to experience life – to live a little! What better way to do that than to move to a foreign country with a different language, different customs, etc. It would challenge us in so many ways and teach us and the kids so many valuable things at the same time! We would all learn French and become world-travelers.
Thus, the idea of moving abroad was born. Our next steps were to:
- Get another job, so I could make enough money to support this strange idea.
- Decide where to live.
The Job & Santa Clara
I ended up with a fantastic contracting job at Cisco. Since I would be working in
Ugh. We should have stayed in
Two good things came from
It put Mike closer to French classes. During our year in
We met the Woo family! Minji was in Max’s kindergarten class, and her parents, Sumi and Sung, are wonderful! We had so much fun spending time with their family. We hope they come to visit us in
Deciding Where to Live
Here we are – job hunting, packing all of our possessions, renting our house, and turning our lives topsy turvy, and we have to make a decision on where to live. I honestly think the decision was based on The Merovingian. He is a character in one of the Matrix movies. Why The Merovingian? Well, we knew we wanted to live somewhere in
As I mentioned, I was just ready for a major change. I didn’t have any specific country in mind, so
Having decided on
Mike would have decided based purely on where he could surf. However, there isn’t much surfing in
We aren’t city people (hmm . . . maybe that’s one of the reasons that
D, Debb & Reed
Lucky for us, I decided to send an email to my friend Deanna (aka D). D used to work for us when we owned 3 Dog. I haven’t seen D in many, many years, but when I think of my friends, she’s always high on the list!
When D heard that we wanted to
Debb is D’s older sister, and Debb has lived in Bouzigues for 12 summers in a row. Debb and Reed also have an apartment in
When Debb heard that we wanted to move to
Debb has been wonderful since that first Skype call. She scouted rentals with the local immoblier to find us a place to live (you have to have a residence address to obtain a French visa, so this was a crucial task!), she communicated with us as often as our worries required (email and Skype), and she answered all the questions we had as well as all the questions we should have asked but didn’t know enough to ask!
Since our arrival in Bouzigues, Debb and Reed have been our saviors. They have fed us, entertained us and our children, taught us where to shop, toured us around Bouzigues and neighboring villages, provided invaluable advice on all things French, introduced us to many wonderful people – heck, they even let me work at their house for hours on end before we had our own Internet connection.
Their generosity continues to amaze us! Their latest act of largess: They have offered to let us use their apartment in
Merci mille fois, Debb and Reed!
So that’s how we decided to move out of
Love to all!