As aspiring francophiles, Jordan and I are arguably in the best position to learn French. The hardest part is already done! By moving to France, we have immersed ourselves in the French language and culture. Or immersed ourselves as much as we can, following the constantly changing COVID restrictions. Our friends ask us if we … Continue reading Our Journey to Become Fluent in French
I set a goal for myself. I told Jordan that if I could make $1.00 on my blog in two months, I would like to be a full-time blogger. Jordan was understandably skeptical, but supportive. It's not like I was quitting a job to try this; I was already unemployed! The past two months were … Continue reading The Making of a Full-Time Blogger
We are officially French residents! The process of establishing our French residency took seven months, but we finally made it to the end. Read about our latest adventure with the France administration below. If you haven't read part one of our journey, check it out. We received temporary residency cards at our first prefecture appointment in … Continue reading Establishing French Residency: Part Two
Jordan reminded me that yesterday was an important milestone on our expat journey. We have lived as American expats in France for six months. Can you believe it? Exactly a year ago, last August, we took a trip to Switzerland. On that trip, we visited Lyon for a day so Jordan could show me around. … Continue reading Expat Update: Living in France for Six Months
After an amazing 16 days, our trip to Norway has come to an end. We enjoyed trading our tank tops and shorts for cooler weather that required down jackets and gloves. In the past two weeks on our trip, we have experienced the following while traveling during a pandemic: fifteen different hotels, seven flights, six … Continue reading Traveling In a Pandemic
The rush of when you hit the 'buy now' option online, and the purchase goes through. The relief when you get the confirmation email that they've received your order. The eagerness when you receive the tracking number that your item has shipped. The anticipation you feel seeing that your package is out for delivery, or … Continue reading Your Package Can’t Be Delivered
Jordan and I had our prefecture appointment last week. This appointment was the biggest step towards establishing residency in France. We had already gone through a long process to get our visas approved prior to moving to France. However, we also have to establish residency within the first three months of arriving (whoops, little late … Continue reading Establishing Residency
We are enjoying the long days of Summer in Lyon. The sunrise is a little before 6:00 and the sunset is at 21:30, but it stays light out until a little after 22:00. We find ourselves losing track of time because it stays light out so late. Before we know it, it’s 21:00 and we … Continue reading Summer Has Arrived in Lyon!
Jordan and I have been busy lately! He is still not back to work full-time, so we are making the most out of the unexpected extra days off we have together. We've spent a weekend in Marseille, a weekend exploring the Burgundy region, and this weekend are planning on going to Toulouse! The excitement of … Continue reading New Photos Page
Look out France, the Shane's officially have a car! We have had a rental car, a Citroën C3 Aircross, since we moved here in February, but it's largely sat idle since Jordan hasn't been going into the office. We were able to go to the Volkswagen dealership before the lockdown started to scope out some … Continue reading We Have a Car!